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People who suffer from arthritis can’t wait for a cure.

UPH’s rheumatology team offers improved access to help our patients find relief as soon as possible from the many new therapies now available. There are currently three faculty members, one nurse practitioner and four rheumatology fellows delivering care to adult rheumatology patients.  


Health care providers at the clinic administer therapy to a patient


There is also a full service infusion clinical delivering state of art biologic therapies, as well as intravenous osteoarthritis medication, which is available to both UPH physicians and outside referrals.


Bone density measurements are available onsite, as is a full service phlebotomist. 


  • Complementary and alternative therapies
  • State of-the-art infusion clinic
  • Special expertise in lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis

Most insurance plans accepted.


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Division of Rheumatology Health Care Providers

Jeffrey R. Lisse, M.D.
Professor of Medicine

Eric P. Gall, M.D., MACP, MACR,
Professor of Medicine


Rafael Grau, MD,
Professor of Medicine


Sujata Sarkar, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine


Rheumatology Fellows

Fatima Alnaimat, MD

Haritha Bellam, MD

Andrew Sharobeem, DO

Dominick Sudano, MD



Community Physicians

 Laurie Bergstrom, MD

UA Associate


Deborah Jane Power, DO

UA Associate


Berchman Austin Vaz, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine


Mike Maricic, MD

UA Associate


Bridget Walsh, DO

UA Associate


UMC Physicians

Margaret Miller, MD

UA Associate


VA Physicians

Barbara Bode, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

S. Anita Narayanan, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Phoenix Physicians

Paul Caldron, MD

Eric Peters, MD

Warren C. Rizzo, MD

John R.P. Tesser, MD



To make an appointment or for more information, please call (520) 694-8888



Monday-Thurs 8:00-5:00



535 N. Wilmot Ave.

Ste. 101

Tucson, AZ 85711



Phone: 520.694.8888

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Special Infusion Clinic

The arizona arthritis center infusion clinicBiologic therapies have proven to be important and effective treatments for inflammatory arthritis, bowel disease, and skin disease. Remicade®, Enbrel®, Kineret®, Orencia®, Rituxan® and Humira® are now improving the lives of thousands of patients, and new agents are on the horizon. The University Physicians Healthcare began a Biologic Infusion Center in October 2000 to administer intravenous therapies in a safe and comfortable environment.


The Infusion Center currently operates four days a week. It is staffed by two full time registered nurses (RNs) and two part time RNs who have Intensive Care Unit experience. Comfortable recliner chairs, T.V., and videos help the infusion time pass quickly. Patients are monitored carefully and rheumatologists and nurse practitioners are available on site.


The Center welcomes referrals for biological therapy infusions from outside physicians. Patients will be evaluated prior to the initial treatment by either a staff clinician or a nurse practitioner. Copies of the infusion notes are sent to the referring providers. Physicians are notified regarding important problems or infusion reactions.


  • Highly effective intravenous therapy for
    rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and
    inflammatory bowel disease
  • Patient monitoring by on-site rheumatology physicians or
    nurse practitioners
  • On-site insurance authorization specialist


For assistance in referring patients, call (520) 694-8888.