Fellowship Program Directors

C. Kent Kwoh, MD, Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program 

Dr. Kwoh serves as Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Training program and is a Professor of Medicine and Medical Imaging in the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, Chief of the Division of Rheumatology and holds the Charles A.L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Endowed Chair in Rheumatology.  He also serves as Director of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence in the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson.

Dr. Kwoh’s clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and gout. His research interests include outcome assessment and the examination of risk factors for the development and progression of a broad spectrum of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. His current work focuses on the identification of biomarkers, most notably MRI imaging biomarkers, for the development and/or progression of knee osteoarthritis and the characterization of knee pain patterns in osteoarthritis. Another line of research targets the elimination of ethnic/racial disparities in the care of patients with osteoarthritis.  A third area of interest is the evaluation of state-of-the-art imaging techniques (e.g., 3D imaging and thermography) to quantify inflammation in juvenile idiopathic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

He is a co-holder of three patents for a method using thermal, laser and other state-of-the-art imaging to assess the extent of arthritis in joints.

His research has been funded by grants from NIAMS, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Arthritis Foundation and other organizations. He is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Kwoh has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international meetings, including conferences in China, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Taiwan.

Dr. Kwoh has mentored over 35 trainees and junior faculty in the areas of epidemiology and health services research related to rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. He is Chair of the Mentoring Committee for the Department of Medicine.

Prior to moving to the University of Arizona, Dr. Kwoh served as Chief of Rheumatology at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center and 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): the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI), the Pivotal OAI MRI Analyses (POMA), and the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center for Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases.

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography

Jawad Bilal, MD, Associate Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program

Dr. Bilal serves as the Associate Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the UA Division of Rheumatology and as the Medical Director of the UA Arthritis Center Clinical Research Unit. He completed his undergraduate degree at Government Degree College in Multan, Pakistan, in 2006 and his medical degree at Nishtar Medical College & Hospital, Pakistan, in 2012.  He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2017, where he also served as Chief Resident.  Dr. Bilal performed his fellowship training in Rheumatology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson.

A multiple award winner, Dr. Bilal has earned the UA's Distinguished Research Award (twice), Outstanding Resident in Rheumatology Award, and Best New Investigator Poster Presentation. In addition, he was an honoree of the 22nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), winner of the poster presentation competition at the National American College of Physicians Annual Meeting and co-award winner at the regional American College of Physicians Annual Meeting. He has also been recognized as a Young Achiever at the American College of Physicians Annual Meeting and was selected as a fellow-in-training member of Scientific Advisory Council, ACR/Rheumatology Research Foundation during his fellowship.  

Barbara Bode, MD, Fellowship Site Director, Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs System

Dr. Bode is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Arizona College of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology for the Southern Arizona Veteran's Affairs Health Care System. She is also the Fellowship Site Director for the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System. A native of Michigan, she earned her Bachelor Degrees in Chemistry and Zoology from Northern Arizona University, Summa cum Laude, and her Medical Doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency in Tucson and her fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Arizona.

Her research interests involve the use of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of various management regimens in the treatment of patients with moderate to severe active rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoporosis and gout.

Dr. Bode is a member of the American College of Rheumatology and the American College of Physicians. She has co-authored several articles in peer reviewed journals to include Rheumatology International, American Journal of Medical Science, Arizona Geriatric Society, Arthritis and Rheumatism, and Arthritis Care and Research on topics ranging from treatment of systemic sclerosis, polymylagia rheumatica, scleroderma, management of asymptomatic coccidioidomycosis in rheumatic disease, and the effects of exercise programs on range of motion and pain in patients with osteoporosis.

Dr. Bode is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.