Newly-appointed UA faculty member, Ernest R. Vina, MD, has been selected to present at the 2014 American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting. The conference will be held in Boston, Mass., from Nov. 14-19, 2014, and is noted as the premier scientific meeting for professionals involved in research or delivery of rheumatic care and services.
Dr. Vina, an assistant professor of medicine in the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and a practicing rheumatologist in the UA Health Network, will deliver his abstract titled: 'Improvement Following Total Knee Replacement Surgery: Exploring Preoperative Symptoms and Change in Preoperative Symptoms'.
Dr. Vina 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 where 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 on October 1, 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/ethnic disparities in systemic lupus erythematosus, treatment preferences, racial/ethnic disparities in osteoarthritis and 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.