The University of Arizona Rheumatology Fellowship Program

The Rheumatology Fellowship at the University of Arizona is a two-year approved fellowship complying with the regulations for board eligibility. It utilizes the teaching facilities at Banner - University Medical Center, Arizona Health Sciences Center, which includes a 326-bed general hospital, Cancer Center, Heart Center, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and the Southern Arizona VA Health Care Systems. The Division of Rheumatology provides support for two new fellows each year for a total of four in the rotation of the Fellowship Program.

The fellowship has widely varied rheumatology experiences with both inpatient and outpatient rotations, as well as ample opportunity for both clinical and basic research projects during the fellowship. 

The UA rheumatology fellowship offers a broad range of training experiences. The fellowship is oriented toward intensive training in patient care, with both common and uncommon rheumatic diseases for all ages of patients, in addition to basic and clinical research conducted in a classic translational fashion. The division faculty provides guidance in all of these areas. The fellows are involved in their own half-day continuity clinic, clinics with attending physicians, and have in-patient consultation work at the Banner - University Medical Centers and at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. Also, all fellows are expected to provide care each week in the University of Arizona Arthritis Center Clinical Research Unit where 10-15 clinical trials are on-going.  These trials are funded by industry and the NIH. The fellows, under the guidance of the full-time rheumatology faculty, learn about each study and are expected to attend investigator meetings on a regular basis.

Flexibility is available within the fellowship, although there is significant clinical responsibility throughout the two year program.

A variety of conferences are offered within the section and the Internal Medicine divisions. A weekly Rheumatology Grand Rounds offers presentations on a full range of related subjects as well as monthly Journal Club opportunities to discuss articles of interest, and a forum for fellows to present and discuss specific subjects. A quarterly Rheumatology/Pathology conference offers experience with autopsy analysis and a weekly Radiology conference provides information with opportunity for discussion with experts in the field. The Division of Rheumatology has a close working relationship with the Department of Orthopaedic surgery, with multidisciplinary clinics including allied health. Listings of the many other offerings in the division are available.

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center thanks the Arthritis Foundation for its Kirkwood Fellowship support.

Correspondence should be addressed to:

Rafael Grau, MD
Director, Fellowship Program
Arizona Health Sciences Center/Division of Rheumatology
P.O. # 245093
1501 N. Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85724-5093

Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Arizona Arthritis Center

There are many unique and engaging research projects at the University of Arizona Arthritis Center that cover a broad range of interests, including molecular immunology, clinical trials and drug development. Each fellow establishes a basic or clinical research project and receives mentorship by faculty. Fellows are involved in the planning, conduct and coordination of studies and benefit from the expertise of established Principal Investigators. In addition, a series of lectures will explore and define approaches to an array of research foci and help fellows develop a solid background of basic immunology.

A variety of conferences are offered within the College of Medicine and the Immunobiology department. A bi-monthly Journal Club offers the opportunity to discuss articles of interest, as well as a forum for fellows to present and discuss specific subjects. An annual Frontiers in Immunobiology and Immunopathogenesis Symposium, hosted and organized by the Immunobiology department, features invited lectures from experts in the field as well as offers the possibility of presenting research posters. 

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center is a leader in rheumatic and autoimmune disease research.  We maintain close relationships with key partners in the University of Arizona in order offer the most comprehensive multi-disciplinary experience possible to our research fellows.

Faculty include: 

Barbara Bode, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Eric P. Gall, MD, MACP, MACR, Professor of Medicine

Rafael Grau, MD, Professor of Medicine, Fellowship Director

C. Kent Kwoh, MD, Director, UA Arthritis Center; Chief, Division of Rheumatology; Charles A.L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Chair of Rheumatology; Professor of Medicine and Medical Imaging 

Jeffrey Lisse, MD, Professor of Medicine, Ethel McChesney Bilby Chair of Osteoporosis and Director of Osteoporosis Research 

Dominick Sudano, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine