Principal Investigator

James D. Katz, M.D.

As director of the Rheumatology Fellowship and principal investigator for general arthritis protocols, Dr. James D. Katz supports the teaching mission of NIAMS toward helping to create the next generation of physician-scientists.

The Community Research and Care Branch is a site of supervised training for rheumatology fellows and permits the evaluation and treatment of subjects who are members of the minority community. Our protocol aims to facilitate understanding of the pathogenesis and natural history of rheumatic diseases in this community.

Patients are evaluated by considering their medical history and a physical examination. Routine laboratory studies are obtained as needed to assess diagnosis, disease activity, disease complications, and to monitor for treatment-related responses and toxicities.

Health care disparities impact the recruitment of minorities to clinical research protocols. We seek to overcome challenges to minority engagement in research by incorporating person-centered care concepts into our protocol. We identify patient-specific, provider-specific, and industry-specific barriers to care that impact upon knowledge of, access to, and trust in, participation in medical research. We then seek to implement strategies that incorporate holistic, respectful, and empowering behavior in order to create a Person-Centered Research protocol.


Program Director
Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Practitioner
Patient Care Coordinator

Scientific Publications

Selected Recent Publications

Multifocal Calcific Periarthritis with Distinctive Clinical and Radiological Features in Patients with CD73 Deficiency.

Cudrici CD, Newman KA, Ferrante EA, Huffstutler R, Carney K, Betancourt B, Miettinen M, Siegel R, Katz JD, Nesti LJ, St Hilaire C, Lakshmipathy D, Wen H, Bagheri MH, Boehm M, Brofferio A
Rheumatology (Oxford).
2021 Mar 21;
pii: keab270. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/keab270
PMID: 33744914

Safety of Janus Kinase Inhibitors in Older Patients: A Focus on the Thromboembolic Risk.

Rajasimhan S, Pamuk O, Katz JD
Drugs Aging.
2020 Aug;
doi: 10.1007/s40266-020-00775-w
PMID: 32514874

A Panoply of Rheumatological Manifestations in Patients with GATA2 Deficiency.

Amarnani AA, Poladian KR, Marciano BE, Daub JR, Williams SG, Livinski AA, Hsu AP, Palmer CL, Kenney CM, Avila DN, Holland SM, Katz JD
Sci Rep.
2020 May 20;
doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-64852-1
PMID: 32433473

PET measurement of cyclooxygenase-2 using a novel radioligand: upregulation in primate neuroinflammation and first-in-human study.

Shrestha S, Kim MJ, Eldridge M, Lehmann ML, Frankland M, Liow JS, Yu ZX, Cortes-Salva M, Telu S, Henter ID, Gallagher E, Lee JH, Fredericks JM, Poffenberger C, Tye G, Ruiz-Perdomo Y, Anaya FJ, Montero Santamaria JA, Gladding RL, Zoghbi SS, Fujita M, Katz JD, Pike VW, Innis RB
J Neuroinflammation.
2020 May 2;
doi: 10.1186/s12974-020-01804-6
PMID: 32359360

Use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Identify Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor-Induced Inflammatory Arthritis.

Subedi A, Williams SG, Yao L, Maharjan S, Strauss J, Sharon E, Thomas A, Apolo AB, Gourh P, Hasni SA, Gulley JL, Kaplan MJ, Katz JD, Gupta S
JAMA Netw Open.
2020 Feb 5;
doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.0032
PMID: 32101306

Competency-based medical education for the clinician-educator: the coming of Milestones version 2.

Torralba KD, Jose D, Katz JD
Clin Rheumatol.
2020 Jun;
doi: 10.1007/s10067-020-04942-7
PMID: 32056067

Rheumatology capacity building: implementing a rheumatology curriculum for Liberian health-care providers in 2016.

Lewandowski LB, Schiffenbauer A, Mican JM, Moses SJ, Fallah MP, Plotz P, Katz JD
Clin Rheumatol.
2020 Mar;
doi: 10.1007/s10067-019-04817-6
PMID: 31960207

Quality of medical care begins with quality of medical education.

Torralba KMD, Katz JD
Clin Rheumatol.
2020 Mar;
doi: 10.1007/s10067-019-04902-w
PMID: 31902030

From Knowledge to Action: A Modern Venture in Rheumatology Education.

Torralba KD, Katz JD
Rheum Dis Clin North Am.
2020 Feb;
doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2019.10.001
PMID: 31757291

Reclaiming magical incantation in graduate medical education.

Katz JD, George DT
Clin Rheumatol.
2020 Mar;
doi: 10.1007/s10067-019-04812-x
PMID: 31724095

Patient-perceived Burden of Disease in Pediatric Relapsing Polychondritis.

Rimland CA, Ferrada MA, Sinaii N, Sikora KA, Colbert RA, Grayson PC, Katz JD
J Rheumatol.
2019 Dec;
doi: 10.3899/jrheum.181456
PMID: 31043550

Pharmacotherapy Pearls in Rheumatology for the Care of Older Adult Patients: Focus on Oral Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs and the Newest Small Molecule Inhibitors.

Betancourt BY, Biehl A, Katz JD, Subedi A
Rheum Dis Clin North Am.
2018 Aug;
doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2018.03.010
PMID: 30001781

At the intersection of self and not-self: finding the locus of 'self' in autoimmunity.

Katz JD
Med Humanit.
2018 Jun;
doi: 10.1136/medhum-2017-011364
PMID: 29436480

Patient Perception of Disease-Related Symptoms and Complications in Relapsing Polychondritis.

Ferrada MA, Grayson PC, Banerjee S, A Sikora K, A Colbert R, Sinaii N, Katz JD
Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken).
2018 Aug;
doi: 10.1002/acr.23492
PMID: 29245173

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