Education

Fellowship
Rheumatology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1999
Residency
Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, 1996
Internship
Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, 1994
Degree
MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, 1993

Medical Board Certifications

Rheumatology
American Board of Internal Medicine, 1999

State License

G80802
  • About Me

    About Me

    John D. FitzGerald, MD, PhD is a health service researcher whose research includes 1) patient outcomes and policy implications for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery; 2) Gout; and 3) Musculoskeletal Ultrasound applications in Rheumatology.

    Dr. FitzGerald received his MD from Tufts University in 1993. He received PhD in Health Services from UCLA in 2005.  He completed his medical residency in 1996 and fellowship in Rheumatology in 1999, both at UCLA. 

    Dr. FitzGerald has been on faculty in the Division of Rheumatology since 1999.  He is currently Interim Chief of the Division.

    Dr. FitzGerald sees patients 1 half day per week in Westwood and 3 half days per week in Santa Monica.

    Links

  • Locations

    UCLA Specialty/Rheumatology

    (primary location)
    Address
    200 UCLA Medical Plaza
    Suite B365
    Los Angeles, California 90095
    Phone
    310-825-2448
    Address
    2020 Santa Monica Blvd.
    Santa Monica, California 90404
    Phone
    310-582-6350
  • Education

    Medical Board Certifications

    Rheumatology
    American Board of Internal Medicine, 1999

    Education

    Fellowship
    Rheumatology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1999
    Residency
    Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, 1996
    Internship
    Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, 1994
    Degree
    MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, 1993
  • Clinical Interests
    • General Rheumatology
    • Gout
    • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Research

    Research Interest

    Health Policy, Joint Replacement Surgery, Gout, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

    Publications

    List of my Research Publications can be found at the NIH PubMed link below.
    PubMed


    Joint Replacement Surgery
    • FitzGerald JD, Orav EJ, Lee TH, Marcantonio ER, Poss R, Goldman L, Mangione CM. “Patient Quality of Life during the 12-months following Total Joint Replacement Surgery.” Arthritis Rheum 2004; 41: 100-109.
    • Weng H, FitzGerald J  “Current issues in joint replacement surgery.”  Current Opinion in Rheumatology  2006 Mar;18(2):163-9. PMID:16462522
    • FitzGerald JD, Mangione C, Boscardin W, Kominski G, Hahn B, Ettner S. “Impact of changes in Medicare Home Health reimbursement on month-to-month Home Health utilization between 1996 and 2001 for a national sample of patients undergoing orthopedic procedures” Med Care. 2006 Sep;44(9):870-878.
    • FitzGerald JD, Boscardin W, Hahn B, Ettner S. “Impact of the Medicare Short Stay Transfer Policy on Patients Undergoing Major Orthopedic Surgery.” Health Serv Res 2007 Feb:42(1p1): 25-46.
    • Weng HH, Kaplan RM, MacLean CH, Lee IY, Chen WL, FitzGerald JD. “Development of a Decision-Aid to Address Racial Disparities in Utilization of Knee Replacement Surgery.” Arthritis Rheum. 2007 May 15;57(4):568-75
    • FitzGerald JD, Boscardin WJ, Ettner SL. “Changes in regional variation of Medicare Home Health care utilization and service mix for patients undergoing major orthopedic procedures in response to changes in reimbursement policy.” Health Serv Res. 2009 Aug;44(4):1232-52.
    • FitzGerald JD, SooHoo NF, Losina E, Katz, JN. “The potential impact on patient-hospital travel distance and access to care under a policy of preferential referral to high-volume knee replacement hospitals.” Arthritis Care Res. 2012 Jan 11. PMID: 22238250
    • FitzGerald JD, Weng H, Soohoo N, Ettner SL. "Regional Variation in Acute Care Length of Stay After Total Joint Replacement Surgery and Hip Fracture Surgery" J Hosp Admin. 2013 Jun;2(4):71-81 PMCID: PMC3869384.
    • Volkman ER, FitzGerald JD. “Reducing gender disparities in post-total knee arthroplasty expectations through a decision aid.” BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (In Press)

    GOUT

    • Khanna D*, FitzGerald J*, Khanna P*, Singh M, Bae S, Neogi T, Pillinger M, Merril J, Lee S, Prakash S, Kaldas M, Gogia M, Perez-Ruiz F, Taylor W, Lioté F, Choi H, medicine/Rheumatology, Singh J, Dalbeth N, Kaplan S, Medicine, Niyyar V, Jones D, Yarows S, Roessler B, Kerr G, King C, Levy G, Furst D, Edwards L, Mandell B, Robbins M, Wenger N, Terkeltaub R. “2012 American College of Rheumatology Guidelines for Management of Gout Part I: Systematic Non-pharmacologic & Pharmacologic Therapy of Hyperuricemia.”
    • Khanna D*, Khanna P*, FitzGerald J*, Singh M, Bae S, Neogi T, Pillinger M, Merril J, Lee S, Prakash S, Kaldas M, Gogia M, Perez-Ruiz F, Taylor W, Lioté F, Choi H, medicine/Rheumatology, Singh J, Dalbeth N, Kaplan S, Medicine, Niyyar V, Jones D, Yarows S, Roessler B, Kerr G, King C, Levy G, Furst D, Edwards L, Mandell B, Robbins M, Wenger N, Terkeltaub R. “2012 American College of Rheumatology Guidelines for Management of Gout. Part II: Therapy and Anti-inflammatory Prophylaxis of Acute Gouty Arthritis” Arthritis Care & Research Vol. 64, No. 10, October 2012, 1447–1461 PMID:23024029 *Co-First Authors.
    • Khanna PP, Gladue HS, Singh MK, FitzGerald JD, Bae S, Prakash S, Kaldas M, Gogia M, Berrocal V, Townsend W, Terkeltaub R, Khanna D. Treatment of acute gout: a systematic review. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2014 Aug;44(1):31-8. doi: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2014.02.003. Epub 2014 Feb 13. PubMed PMID: 24650777.

    Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

    • McAlindon T, Kissin E, Nazarian L, Ranganath V, Prakash S, Taylor M, Bannuru RR, Srinivasan S, Gogia M, McMahon MA, Grossman J, Kafaja S, FitzGerald J ”American College of Rheumatology Report on Reasonable Use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography in Rheumatology Clinical Practice.” Arthritis Care Res 2012 Nov;64(11):1625-40. PMID: 23111854
    • AIUM Practice Guideline for the Performance of Selected Ultrasound-Guided Procedures.  Chapter lead author: Joint Aspirations and Injections.
    • AIUM Practice Guideline for the Performance of Selected Ultrasound-Guided Procedures.  Chapter co-author: Tendon, Ligament and Muscle Procedures.