UA Arthritis Center and Division of Rhematology Assistant Professor Ernest R. Vina, MD, MS, had his recent research on racial disparities published in the journal 'Osteoarthritis and Cartilage'. The study was also published in 'Orthopaedics Weekly'. Dr. Vina was the lead author on this initiative which included UA Arthritis Center Director C. Kent Kwoh, MD, Assistant Scientific Investigator Erin Ashbeck and graduate research assistant Di Ran.
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Dr. Vina is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from UCLA in 1999 and his Medical Doctorate from the Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine, in 2004. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center where he also completed a Health Services Research fellowship. His Rheumatology fellowship was completed at the University of Chicago Medical Center in 2011, and he also earned a Master's degree in Health Studies. He joined the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the UA Division of Rheumatology in 2014.
Prior to coming to the UA, Dr. Vina served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and as a staff rheumatologist in the Veteran’s Administration Pittsburgh Healthcare System. He was also the core investigator at the VAPHS Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, a VA Center of Excellence.
Dr. Vina’s research interests include racial disparities in systemic lupus erythematosus, treatment preferences, racial disparities in osteoarthritis, quality of care and health services.
He is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association and the Society for Medical Decision Making.
He has authored numerous publications on racial and ethnic disparities and treatment preferences in systemic lupus erythematosus among other subjects.
Dr. Vina is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.