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photo Kimberly P. Liang, MD


Assistant Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-383-8846

Office: 3500 Terrace St.
BST S723
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-383-8846
Fax: 412-383-8753
Administrative Assistant:
Kim Reynolds
Address: 3500 Terrace Street
Biomedical Science Tower, 7th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-9782
Fax: 412-383-8753
Education and Training
BS, Pennsylvania State University; University Park, PA, 2000
M.D., Jefferson Medical College; Philadelphia, PA, 2002
Internal Medicine Residency, Mayo Clinic; Rochester, MN, 2005
Rheumatology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic; Rochester, MN, 2008
Research Interest
My interests lie in the heterogeneity of rheumatic diseases and their link pathologically to atherosclerosis and vascular disease. My current research focus is in the evaluation of risks, determinants, and management strategies of premature cardiovascular disease (CVD) in RA patients, through the use of novel noninvasive vascular studies that serve as measures of subclinical atherosclerosis and surrogate markers of future CVD events. My NIH-funded R21 proposal investigates whether sildenafil use in RA patients improves endothelial dysfunction (as assessed by brachial artery flow-mediated dilation and peripheral arterial tone) and improves serum biomarkers of atherosclerosis and inflammation. My NIH-funded K23 proposal investigated whether RA patients are more likely to develop vulnerable, atherosclerotic plaques than non-RA patients, as assessed by novel microbubble contrast-enhanced carotid ultrasound (CU) imaging techniques. My Vasculitis Foundation-funded proposal investigates whether CU can differentiate between active disease vs. atherosclerotic damage in large vessel vasculitis. I am interested in developing expertise in novel vascular techniques and applying this technology to the diagnosis and follow-up of rheumatic disease patients with vascular diseases. I am also actively engaged in multiple clinical trials and observational studies of patients with SLE, vasculitis, and RA.
Clinical Interest
Vasculitis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) primarily, but also other connective tissue diseases, psoriatic arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, sarcoidosis, and other autoimmune diseases
Educational Interest
Teaching Rheumatology fellows, Internal Medicine residents, and medical students on both hospital service and clinics at the Lupus Center of Excellence at UPMC
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
Vina ER, Hausmann LRM, Utset TO, Masi CM, Liang KP, Kwoh CK. Perceptions of Racism in Healthcare Among Patients With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Cross-Sectional Study. Lupus Science & Medicine. 2015; 2(1): e000110.
Ruiz R, Levesque M, Modi S, Mock G, Liang KP. 20 year-old Amish female with abdominal pain, retroperitoneal mass, and hyperlipidemia. Arthritis Care and Research. 2014; 67(3): 447-451.
Liang KP. Cardiovascular Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Does It Matter if Rheumatoid Arthritis is Diagnosed in Early or Late Age?. Journal of Rheumatology. 2013; 40(12): 1945-7.
Wen, C.Y., Liang, K.P., Chen, H., Fu, L.M. Numerical analysis of a rapid magnetic microfluidic mixer. Electrophoresis. 2011; 32(22): 3268-3276.
Liang KP, Myasoedova E, Crowson CS, Davis JM, Roger VL, Karon BL, Borgeson DD, Therneau TM, Rodeheffer RJ, Gabriel SE. Increased Prevalence of Diastolic Dysfunction in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 2010; 69: 1665-70.
Crowson CS, Liang KP, Therneau TM, Kremers HM, Gabriel SE. Could accelerated aging explain the excess mortality in patients with seropositive rheumatoid arthritis?. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 2010; 62: 378-382.
Liang KP, Kremers HM, Crowson CS, Snyder MR, Therneau TM, Roger VL, Gabriel SE. Autoantibodies and the risk of cardiovascular events. Journal of Rheumatology. 2009; 36: 2462-9.
Liang KP, Chowdhary VR, Michet CJ, Miller DV, Sundt TM, Connolly HM, Crowson CS, Matteson EL, Warrington KJ. Noninfectious ascending aortitis: a case series of 64 patients. Journal of Rheumatology. 2009; 36: 2290-7.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Does Sildenafil Improve Endothelial Dysfunction in Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Arthritis, Muscoskel, & Skin Disease
Grant Number: R21 AR069174
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2020
Title: Microbubble Contrast-Enhanced Vascular Ultrasonography: A Novel Method of Detecting Large Vessel Vasculitis
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Vasculitis Foundation
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2017
Title: ACR/EULAR Endorsed Study to Develop Classification and Diagnostic Criteria for Primary Systemic Vasculitis
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: University of Oxford
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2017
Title: The Impact of Fcgamma Receptor Signaling on Lupus-Induced Atherosclerosis
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: University of North Carolina
Grant Number: R01 HL130126
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2020
Notable Achievements
Masters of Science in Clinical Research, University of Pittsburgh, 2016
The Philip S. Hench Award for Excellence in Rheumatology, Mayo Clinic, 2008
Nomination for Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine Summerskill Award, 2008
Certificate Scholar in the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP), Mayo Clinic, 2007
Member, American College of Rheumatology, 2005-present
Inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society, 2001-2002
Melvin I. Katzman Pathology Prize, Jefferson Medical College, 2000
Inducted into Hobart Amory Hare (HAH) Medical Honor Society, Jefferson Medical College, 2000
Member, American College of Physicians, 1998-present
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Arthritis Care and Research, 2014-present