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photo John Steuart Richards, MBBS


Associate Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-360-6146

Office: Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Heathcare System
University Drive C (111-U)
Pittsburgh, PA 15240
Phone: 412-360-6146
Fax: 412-360-6310
Education and Training
MBBS, University of the West Indies, 1988
Internship, University of the West Indies, 1990
Medicine Residency, University of the West Indies, 1995
Rheumatology Fellowship, Georgetown University, 1997
Rheumatology Research Fellowship, University of Alabama-at-Birmingham, 1998
Internal Medicine Residency, Georgetown University, 2001
Research Interest
Dr. Richards' research interests include participation in the VA Cooperative Studies Program #594: Comparative Effectiveness in Gout: Allopurinol vs. Febuxostat. He is also the site PI: Veterans Affairs Rheumatoid Arthritis Registry.
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Selected Publications:
Richards, J.S., Dowell, S.M., Quinones, M.E., Kerr, G.S. How to use biologic agents in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who have comorbid disease. British Medical Journal. 2015; 351: h3658.
Patel, R., Mikuls, T.R., Richards, J.S., Kerr, G., Cannon, G.W., Baker, J.F. Disease characteristics and treatment patterns in veterans with rheumatoid arthritis and concomitant hepatitis C infection. Arthritis Care & Research. 2015; 67(4): 467-74.
Kerr, G.S., Richards, J.S., Nunziato, C.A., Patterson, O.V., DuVall, S.L., Aujero, M., Maron, D., Amdur, R. Measuring physician adherence with gout quality indicators: a role for natural language processing. Arthritis Care & Research. 2015; 67(2): 273-9.
Kalpakjian, C.Z., McCullumsmith, C.B., Fann, J.R., Richards, J.S., Stoelb, B.L., Heinemann, A.W., Bombardier, C.H. Post-traumatic growth following spinal cord injury. The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 2014; 37(2): 218-25.
Kerr, G.S., Sabahi, I., Richards, J.S., Caplan, L., Cannon, G.W., Reimold, A., Thiele, G.M., Johnson, D., Mikuls, T.R. Prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency in rheumatoid arthritis and associations with disease severity and activity. Journal of Rheumatology. 2011; 38(1): 53-9.
Mikuls, T.R., Fay, B.T., Michaud, K., Sayles, H., Thiele, G.M., Caplan, L., Johnson, D., Richards, J.S., Kerr, G.S., Cannon, G.W., Reimold, A. Associations of disease activity and treatments with mortality in men with rheumatoid arthritis: results from the VARA registry. Rheumatology. 2011; 50(1): 101-9.
Dissick, A., Redman, R.S., Jones, M., Rangan, B.V., Reimold, A., Griffiths, G.R., Mikuls, T.R., Amdur, T.L., Richards, J.S., Kerr, G.S. Association of periodontitis with rheumatoid arthritis: a pilot study. Journal of Periodontology. 2010; 81(2): 223-30.