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photo Rohit Aggarwal, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine

Medical Director, Arthritis and Autoimmunity Center

Sub-Specialty Education Coordinator

Division of Rheumatology

Department of Medicine

Email: aggarwalr@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-383-8861

Contact
Office: 3500 Terrace Street – BST S705A
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
 
Phone: 412-383-8861
Fax: 412-383-8864
E-mail: aggarwalr@upmc.edu
Administrative Assistant:
Margie Jones
Address: 3500 Terrace Street – BST S705A
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Email: jonema2@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-383-8861
Fax: 412-383-8864
Education and Training
Education
MD, University College of Medical Science, 2003
CRTP (clinical research), University of Pittsburgh, 2007
MS - clinical research, Rush University, 2009
Training
Residency - Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2007
Fellowship - Rheumatology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 2009
Research Interest
Myopathies including Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Inclusion body myositis. Also autoimmune or connective tissue disease related interstitial lung disease or pulmonary fibrosis.
Clinical Interest
General rheumatology, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren syndrome, vasculitis, psoriatic arthritis, sarcoidosis, Myositis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Inclusion body myositis, systemic sclerosis, mixed connective tissue disease. Also autoimmune or connective tissue disease related interstitial lung disease or pulmonary fibrosis.
Educational Interest
Myopathies including Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Inclusion body myositis and overlap syndrome and mixed connective tissue disease. Also autoimmune or connective tissue disease related interstitial lung disease or pulmonary fibrosis.
Publications
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
SA Yousem, F Schneider, D Bi, CV Oddis, K Gibson, R Aggarwal. The pulmonary histopathologic manifestations of the anti-PL7/antithreonyl transfer RNA synthetase syndrome. Human Pathology. 2014; 45(6): 1199-1204.
R Aggarwal, A Bandos, AM Reed, ..., CV Oddis. Predictors of clinical improvement in rituximab-treated refractory adult and juvenile dermatomyositis and adult polymyositis. Arthritis and Rheumatology. 2014; 66(3): 740-749.
R Aggarwal, CV Oddis, D Goudeau, N Fertig, ..., MC Levesque. Anti-transcription intermediary factor 1-gamma autoantibody ELISA development and validation. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2014; 53(3): 433-437.
R Aggarwal, E Cassidy, N Fertig, DC Koontz, M Lucas, DP Ascherman, CV Oddis. Patients with non-Jo-1 anti-tRNA-synthetase autoantibodies have worse survival than Jo-1 positive patients. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 2014; 73(1): 227-232.
CV Oddis, AM Reed, R Aggarwal, ..., HE Rockette, RIM Study Group. Rituximab in the treatment of refractory adult and juvenile dermatomyositis and adult polymyositis: a randomized, placebo-phase trial. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 2013; 65(2): 314-324.
Neogi, T, Aletaha, D, Silman, A, Naden, R, Felson, D, Aggarwal, R. The 2010 American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism Classification Criteria for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Phase 2: Methodological Report. Arthritis Rheum (in print). 2010.
Aggarwal, R, Liao, K, Nair, R, Ringold, S, Costenbader, KH. Anti-citrullinated peptide antibody assays and their fole in the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum (Nov). 2009; 15: 1472-83.
Aggarwal, R, Lebiedz-Odrobina, D, Sinha, A, Manadan, A, Case, JP. Serum cardiac troponin T, but not troponin I, is elevated in idiopathic inflammatory myopathies. J Rheumatol (Dec). 2009; 36: 2711-4.
Ekochin, LH, Manadan, AM, Aggarwal, R, Sequeira, W, Block, JA. Absence of transaminase elevation during concomitant methotrexate and isoniazid therapy. J Rheumatol (Sep). 2009; 36: 2127.
Aggarwal, R, Malaviya, AN. Clinical characteristics of patients with ankylosing spondylitis in India. Clin Rheumatol (Oct). 2009; 28: 1199-205.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Novel Outcome Measures in Adult Myositis Using a Physical Activity Monitor and the PROMIS Physical Function Assessments
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Myositis Association
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2017
Title: Tocilzumab in the Treatment of Refractory Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Genentech, Inc.
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2017
Title: Open Label Proof of Concept Study to Evaluate Efficacy and Safety of Adrenocorticotropic Hormone Gel in Refractory Dermatomyositis or Polymyositis (Clinical Trial)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2016
Title: Development of Response Criteria for Adult and Juvenile Myositis Task Order 1
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2014
Notable Achievements
Distinguished Fellow Award, 2009