C. Kent Kwoh, MD, Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program
Dr. Kwoh is a Professor of Medicine and Medical Imaging in the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology 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.
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.
Dominick Sudano, MD, Associate Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program
Dr. Sudano is an Assistant Professor of Medicine. He completed his rheumatology fellowship at the University of Arizona in 2014. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at Pennsylvania State University in 2001 and his medical doctorate from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2008. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Arizona in 2012.
Dr. Sudano’s clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, lupus and gout. His major research interest is drug safety, with a major focus on the diagnosis and management of coccidioidomycoses in patients with rheumatic disease treated with disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), corticosteroids and biologic response modifiers (BRMs). He is also Director of the Clinical Trials Unit in the University of Arizona Arthritis Center and the rheumatology liaison to the Fragility Clinic.
Dr. Sudano is a Key Clinical Educator in the Department of Medicine, and is the instructor for musculoskeletal/rheumatology block for first year medical students. He is a member of the Mentoring Committee for the Department of Medicine, and a member of the Vice-Chair of Education Committee for the College of Medicine. He has been a poster judge at the meetings of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Physicians. He is an instructor in the joint injection workshop at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Physicians.
He has authored several articles on topics ranging from exon skipping mutations in collagen, new molecular mechanisms in Muscular Dystrophy and comparative analyses of gene-expression patterns in human and African great ape cultured fibroblasts. Dr. Sudano is the recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and was honored twice as a Howard Hughes Undergraduate Scholar and Fellow.
Dr. Sudano is the Primary Faculty mentor for the Rheumatology Interest and Research Group. He has mentored 19 residents.