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  • UA Vice President for Athletics Dave Heeke (left), Liz Heeke, UAAC Friends Chairperson Nancy Kwoh and UAAC Director C. Kent Kwoh, MD, enjoy the festivities at the 2018 Bear Down Luncheon.

  • UAAC Founders Eric P. Gall, MD and Robert G. Volz, MD celebrate at the 2018 Bear Down Luncheon. The annual event raises funds for arthritis research and education.

  • University of Arizona Arthritis Center Director C. Kent Kwoh, MD, is flanked by UAAC Friends members Gail Riggs (left) and Consuelo Pitpitan

  • The 2018 UAAC Conference hosted a record number of participants for a day of education and empowerment

  • The 17th United States Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, speaks to the Friends of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center during the UAAC Friends Canyon Ranch Breakfast Chat

  • Participants enjoy the Lunch Roundtable at the 2018 UAAC Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference

  • UAAC Co-Founder Eric P. Gall, MD (center), with 2018 conference keynote presenter Janko Nikolich-Zugich, MD, PhD, co-director of the UA Center on Aging, Professor and Department Head, Immunbiology and UAAC Outreach Director Tracy Shake

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of patients.  We do this through research ranging from molecules to people, by empowering patients in taking charge of their lifestyles and by educating providers/clinicians and scientists to develop and apply novel and more effective therapies.

Welcome to the University of Arizona Arthritis Center

Message from the Director

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the University of Arizona Arthritis Center. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that one in three adults has some type of arthritis. Our vision is living a life free of arthritis through excellence in research, patient care, education and community outreach. This vision will be achieved through maximizing our abilities, passion and resources.

Recent News

The Future of Health Care — Insurance, Access to Care, Prescription Benefits — to be Discussed by UA Health-Care Policy Expert, Oct. 3
Sep 26, 2018

Critical issues facing the U.S. health-care system and the potential impact of the mid-term elections will be discussed by Daniel Derksen, MD, a nationally noted health-care policy expert and associate vice president for health equity, outreach and interprofessional activities at the University of Arizona Sciences. The free lecture will include time for questions and answers.


Scleroderma and Vasculitis Specialist Dr. Alicia Rodriguez-Pla Joins UA Rheumatology Faculty
Sep 20, 2018

Also a University of Arizona Arthritis Center member, she trained at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Johns Hopkins University and Boston University and conducted research on lupus at the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research in Dallas.