C. Kent Kwoh, MD, an internationally recognized expert in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other joint diseases, has been appointed director of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center. He will join the center July 22.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Kwoh served as director of clinical research for the University of Pittsburgh Arthritis Institute, where he headed three major projects funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): an $8.9 million Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) contract, a $4.4 million Pivotal OAI MRI Analyses (POMA) contract and the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center for Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases.
He was professor of medicine in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, with joint appointments in the Graduate School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology and in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. He also served as rheumatology section chief at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Prior to that, he was on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, where he directed the Institute for Healthcare Research.
“We are very fortunate that Dr. Kwoh will be heading the University of Arizona Arthritis Center,” says Steve Goldschmid, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. “His range of expertise in joint diseases – from research to patient care to training the next generation of physicians – will greatly enhance the center’s commitment to serve the community.”