Chief of Rheumatology Associate Professor of Medicine Research Interests:Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis Office Location: Westwood
Dr. Charles-Schoeman received her medical degree from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where she remained for training in both internal medicine and rheumatology. Dr. Charles-Schoeman has interests in inflammatory myositis and rheumatoid arthritis. She is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Myositis Association and pursues research in inflammatory myositis. She is also an active investigator in multiple clinical trials of novel therapies for rheumatoid arthritis and her research in this area includes the study of accelerated atherosclerosis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Research Interest: Gout, Osteoporosis Office Location: Westwood
Dr. Aung graduated from the Institute of medicine (1) Burma, in 1998 and later trained in Internal medicine and Geriatric medicine in Liverpool, United Kingdom. There she specialized in Orthogeriatrics for years with strong interest in Osteoporosis, while receiving Master of Science in Geriatric medicine from Keele University School of Medicine, MRCP and FRCP titles from the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh; and subsequently worked as a consultant physician at the Nottingham University Hospitals. After 13 years of patient care, teaching, clinical research and service development activities in the United Kingdom, she perused her career path in the United States. She completed residency training in Internal medicine at St May medical center, Long Beach, California and Rheumatology fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Aung is interested in the wide range of the rheumatic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, pseudo-gout, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, lupus, anti-phospholipid syndrome, polymyalgia rheumatica, giant cell arteritis, osteoporosis and various autoimmune diseases.
Clinical Professor of Medicine Research Interest:Rheumatology Office Location: Westwood
Dr. Gorn is Clinical Professor of Medicine in Rheumatology. He received his MD from the Sackler School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine training at State University of New York and rheumatology training at Harvard Medical School. His clinical interests include complex autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis, scleroderma, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, spondyloarthropathies, vasculitis and osteoarthritis.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Research Interest:Rheumatology Office Location: Torrance, Westwood
Dr. Marian Kaldas is a Southern California native and has been part of the UCLA family since her high school years when she won a scholarship for doing over 1000 hours of hospital volunteering. She received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at UCLA, her medical degree from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and completed her internship, residency and fellowship in Rheumatology all with UCLA. She joined the UCLA Faculty practicing Rheumatology and Hospitalist medicine and is now excited to join UCLA Health practicing Rheumatology full-time. Dr. Kaldas is interested in the treatment of the full spectrum of the rheumatic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus and over 100 other conditions. Her other interests include humanism in medicine and teaching. Dr. Kaldas is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. In her spare time Dr. Kaldas enjoys reading, beach walks, singing and spending time with her husband and children.
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine Research Interests:Rheumatology, Vasculitis Office Location: Santa Monica
Dr. Kermani received her medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in rheumatology at Mayo Clinic, Minnesota. She then stayed on at Mayo Clinic and pursued an additional 2 years of clinical and research experience in the field of vasculitis through a prestigious fellowship awarded by the Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium. Dr. Kermani is interested in general rheumatology. She maintains a special clinical interest in vasculitis.
Dr. Gayle Kookootsedes earned her medical degree at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology fellowship at UCLA. She practices general rheumatology and treats the full spectrum of rheumatic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoarthritis, spondyloarthropathy, vasculitis, gout, myositis, and osteoporosis. Dr. Kookootsedes is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Outside of medicine, Dr. Kookootsedes enjoys running on the beach trails, pilates, reading, and spending quality time with her family.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Research Interest:Rheumatology Office Locations: Encino
Dr. Martin grew up in Washington State. He attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Upon graduation, Dr. Martin was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania for two years where he taught high school chemistry and biology. Later Dr. Martin attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School, in North Chicago, Illinois, graduating in 2006. He completed residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and Rheumatology fellowship at UCLA.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Research Interest:Rheumatology Office Location: Porter Ranch
Dr. Masoom Modi completed her rheumatology training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Originally from Northern California, she obtained her bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley. She attended medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine, and completed internal medicine training at Maricopa Medical Center. Dr. Modi is an active member of the American College of Rheumatology. She enjoys participating in teaching activities with first year medical students at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Research Interest:Rheumatology Office Locations: Santa Clarita
Dr. Geraldine Navarro earned her medical degree from UCLA School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in rheumatology at UCLA School of Medicine.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Research Interest:Rheumatology Office Location: Burbank
Dr. Rania Shammas is a board certified rheumatologist and an assistant clinical professor of rheumatology at UCLA. She was born and raised in Los Angeles. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went to Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, where she was part of the Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society and received the Joseph Garrison Parker Award for arts in medicine. She completed her internal medicine training at Albert Einstein and then her rheumatology fellowship at UCLA. She spent several years in private practice, while also actively participating in teaching and as an investigator for multiple clinical trials. In her spare time, she enjoys musical theater, playing the piano, tennis, and spending quality time with her family.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Research Interest:Rheumatology Office Location: Beverly Hills
Dr. Shim received his B.S. from University at Berkeley. After earning his medical degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Internal Medicine Internship and Residency was served at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. His rheumatology training was completed at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He practices general rheumatology and his areas of interest include systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout.
Clinical Professor of Medicine Research Interest:Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Office Location: Santa Monica
Dr. Taylor received her M.D. degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila in Bucharest, Romania, and completed her rheumatology fellowship at Loma Linda in June 2004. She practices general rheumatology, taking care of a variety of rheumatology conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, connective-tissue disorders, crystal arthritis such as gout and pseudogout, myofascial syndromes, polymyalgia rheumatica, and vasculitis. She performs ultrasounds of the joints and performs injections with hyaluronic acid for osteoarthritis. Her interests is in musculoskeletal sonography.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Research Interest:Rheumatology Office Location: Westwood
Dr. Ralph Yachoui received his medical degree from St. Joseph’s University Faculty of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship at Cooper Hospital / University Medical Center in New Jersey. He has specialized interest in inflammatory conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, and is also interested in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, ultrasound-guided interventional procedures, and the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone conditions. He is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.
Professor of Medicine Research Interest:Rheumatoid Arthritis Office Location: Westwood
Dr. Brahn received his MD degree with Honors from the University of Chicago in 1978, and did his internal medicine residency at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. He then completed a rheumatology & immunology fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital, and continued on as a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty prior to joining UCLA in 1986. Dr. Brahn runs a biomedical research laboratory in molecular immunology as well as a clinical research program primarily interested in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. He is the chair of the Clinical Laboratories Executive Committee and director of the Rheumatology Training Program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Clinical Chief of Rheumatology Clinical Professor of Medicine
Research Interest:Gout Office Locations: Westwood, Santa Monica
Dr. FitzgGerald is a health-service researcher who has focused on policy analysis for orthopaedic procedures. Dr. FitzGerald completed his medical school at Tufts University in 1993 and completed his medical residency training at UCLA in 1996. He has served as chief medical resident prior to doing a specialty fellowship in rheumatology. Since 1999, Dr. Fitzgerald has been a faculty member in the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Research Interest:Scleroderma Office Location: Westwood
Dr. Kafaja received her MD in UCLA School of Medicine and completed internal medicine traing at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. She completed dermatology and rheumatology training at UCLA School of Medicine. Her research interest includes scleroderma and raynaud's phenomenon.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Research Interests:Sjogren's Syndrome, Lupus, Myositis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, General Rheumatology Office Location: Westwood
Dr. King graduated from Harvard Medical School, and completed her internal medicine residency at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. She completed her rheumatology fellowship and PhD (STAR) at UCLA. Her clinical interests include general rheumatology, Sjogren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, and others. She has received multiple patient service awards for excellence in clinical care, diagnostic acumen, and bedside manner. She also embraces complementary and alternative medicine as adjuncts to gold standards of care for chronic conditions. Dr. King is a translational researcher with a special interest in B-cell mediated autoimmune diseases, including but not limited to Sjogren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, and rheumatoid arthritis. She studies the role of non-coding RNAs in regulating autoimmune diseases. Her research focuses on defining new diagnostic markers to predict treatment responses and disease flares in autoimmune conditions.
Associate Chief of Rheumatology Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine Research Interests:Anti-Phospholipid Syndrome, Cholesterol, Lupus Office Location: Westwood
Dr. McMahon graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1997. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago in 2000, and also served as chief resident in medicine in 2001. Dr. McMahon completed a fellowship in rheumatology at UCLA in 2003 and received a master's degree in clinical research from UCLA in 2005. Her clinical interests include lupus, vasculitis and general rheumatology. She is an active investigator in multiple clinical trials of novel therapies for lupus. Her research interests also include the study of accelerated atherosclerosis in patients with lupus.
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine Research Interests:Rheumatology, Rheumatoid Arthritis Office Locations: Westwood, Santa Monica
Dr. Ranganath is a native Los Angelean. After graduating from Drew/UCLA Medical School and completing her residency at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System in internal medicine, she returned to UCLA for Rheumatology Fellowship in 2003. She joined the UCLA faculty in 2005 and obtained a Masters in Clinical Research at UCLA in 2010. Dr. Ranganath has a strong interest in rheumatoid arthritis research. Her specific research goal is to develop a model to predict early response to therapy in RA with biomarkers, imaging markers (ultrasound and MRI), and clinical measures.
Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Research Interests:Anti-Phopholipid Syndrome, Lupus, Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sex Chromosome Disorders Office Location: Westwood
Dr. Singh trained in autoimmune diseases at All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi and in rheumatology at UCLA. He is particularly interested in managing and understanding inflammatory disorder that occurs in patients with lupus SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, myositits, scleroderma, anti-phospholipid syndrome, Sjogren's syndrome, and vasculitis. Dr. Singh provides consultation for patients with these diseases. His research on lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and scleroderma is funded by the National Institutes of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Lupus Foundation of America, Arthritis Foundation, and American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation. Dr. Singh has served as a regular and ad-hoc member of several NIH Study Sections, and reviews grants for Arthritis Foundation, ACR REF, Dutch Arthritis Assocation, Swedish Knowledge Foundation, and Arthritis Research Campaign UK. He has published over 100 peer-revewied publications.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Research Interests:Rheumatology, Scleroderma, Interstitial Lung Disease, Pulmonary Hypertension, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Office Location: Westwood
Dr. Volkmann graduated from Pomona College where she majored in Neuroscience and minored in Dance. She received her medical degree from UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and subsequently completed her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Rheumatology at UCLA. During her fellowship, she participated in the Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program and earned her Master of Science degree in Clinical Research. Her clinical interests include systemic sclerosis, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension and systemic lupus erythematosus. Dr. Volkmann is an active clinical and translational researcher with a special focus on systemic sclerosis, and in particular, she investigates the pulmonary, gastrointestinal and vascular dimensions of this condition. She strives to provide humanistic and compassionate care, and she embraces complementary and alternative approaches to healing, in addition to traditional modalities.
Emeritus Professor of Medicine Research Interests:Osteoartritis, Pagets Disease Offiche Locations: Westwood, Santa Clarita
Dr. Altman received his medical education and training in internal medicine and rheumatology at the University of Miami in Florida. He was formerly a professor of medicine and orthopedics and chief of rheumatology at the University of Miami and chief of rheumatology and clinical director of the Geriatric Center at the Miami Veterans Administration Medical Center. Since 2003, Dr. Altman has been a member of the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology in the Department of Medicine. His recent research and clinical interests have been in osteoarthritis, Paget's disease of the bone and osteoporosis.\
Emeritus Professor of Medicine Research Interest:Scleroderma Office Location: Westwood
Dr. Clements conducts clinical trials in scleroderma, and his research interest includes analysis of clinical features and response to therapies in scleroderma: emphasis on pulmonary interstitial disease and pulmonary hypertension.
Dr. Furst is the first Carl M. Pearson Professor in Rheumatology. He has been on a number of national committees concerned with rheumatic therapeutics, including as a member and fellow in the American College of Rheumatology and The American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Dr. Furst has published more than 400 articles and 12 books, including more than 180 research articles and more than 210 reviews or chapters, in addition to two editions of a book on scleroderma. Dr. Furst's areas of research interest include RA, scleroderma and polymyositis/dermatomyositis.
Emeritus Professor of Medicine Research Interest:Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Office Location: Westwood
Dr. Hahn received her M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she later trained in rheumatology. She trained in internal medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Hahn heads research groups that do basic studies in the immune abnormalities that cause systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and is developing interventions that help restore the immune response to normal. She also heads a group that studies clinical problems in patients with SLE, including accelerated atherosclerosis and potential new therapies (clinical trials).
Emeritus Professor of Medicine Research Interest:Psoriatic Arthritis Office Location: Westwood
Dr. Louie received his medical education at Washington University, St. Louis, trained in medicine at John Hopkins and in rheumatology at UCLA. He was formerly chief of rheumatology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. His expertise is in infectious, post-infectious, immune mediated and inflammatory rheumatic diseases. He is co-editor of the coming text, "Targeted Treatment of the Rheumatic Diseases," Elsevier 2009.
Dr. Paulus received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in Philadelphia and completed a rotating internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He then served in as Captain, MC, in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and practiced family medicine in Minnesota before completing a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in rheumatology at VA Wadsworth Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center, studied biostatistics at UCLA, and in clinical pharmacology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, also in Los Angeles.
Emeritus Professor of Medicine Research Interests:Spondyloarthritis, Fibromyalgia Office Location: Westwood
David Yu MD is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine. He specializes in two areas. The first area is spondyloarthritis which includes ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA). For his decades of study, he has been awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network (APARTAN). The other area of his interest is fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia can exist by itself or in association with various arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Yu specializes in non-pharmacological and non-procedural therapy. This is especially useful in patients who have failed multiple drugs or multiple procedures. Treatment by Dr. Yu will start with a detailed explanation of the neurobiological basis and psychological basis of central pain.
Professor, Director of the FOCIS Center of Excellence at UCLA. Dr. La Cava received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Federico II University of Naples, Italy, and did postdoctoral research at UCSD and The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, before joining UCLA as faculty in 2001. Dr. La Cava’s research interests focus on the development of new immunotherapies in systemic lupus erythematosus.