Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Rohit Aggarwal, MD, MSc


Assistant Professor

Medical Director

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Sub-Specialty Education Coordinator

Division of Rheumatology

Department of Medicine

Office: BST S 725, 3500 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Phone: 412-383-8861
Fax: 412-383-8864

MD, University College of Medical Science, 2003
CRTP (clinical research), University of Pittsburgh, 2007
MSc - clinical research, Rush University, 2009

Residency - Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2007
Fellowship - Rheumatology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 2009

Area of Specialization/Research Interest  
Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis
Autoimmune Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
Anti-synthetase syndrome
General Rheumatology including Lupus (SLE) and Vasculitis

Recent Grants
Title: UPMC Rheumatology Vaccination Improvement Project (URVIP)
Role: Co-PI
Funding Agency: Pfizer, Inc.
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2015
Title: Open Label Proof of Concept Study to Evaluate Efficacy and Safety of Adrenocorticotropic Hormone Gel in Refractory Dermatomyositis or Polymyositis (Clinical Trial)
Role: Site PI
Funding Agency: Questcor, Inc.
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2016
Title: Rheumatoid Arthritis Comparative Effectiveness Research (RACER) Longitudinal Extension Study
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Genentech, Inc.
Start Year: 2010
End Year: 2015
Title: Rituximab in the Treatment of Refractory Adult and Juvenile Dermatomyositis (DM) and Polymyositis (PM)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: NIH/NIAMS
Start Year: 2006
End Year: 2015

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications
Title: Patients with non-Jo-1 anti-tRNA-synthetase autoantibodies have worse survival than Jo-1 positive patients
Author(s): R Aggarwal, E Cassidy, N Fertig, DC Koontz, M Lucas, DP Ascherman, CV Oddis
Year: 2014
Journal: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Volume: 73(1)
Page(s): 227-232
Title: Anti-transcription intermediary factor 1-gamma autoantibody ELISA development and validation
Author(s): R Aggarwal, CV Oddis, D Goudeau, N Fertig, ..., MC Levesque
Year: 2014
Journal: Rheumatology (Oxford)
Volume: 53(3)
Page(s): 433-437
Title: Predictors of clinical improvement in rituximab-treated refractory adult and juvenile dermatomyositis and adult polymyositis
Author(s): R Aggarwal, A Bandos, AM Reed, ..., CV Oddis
Year: 2014
Journal: Arthritis and Rheumatology
Volume: 66(3)
Page(s): 740-749
Title: The pulmonary histopathologic manifestations of the anti-PL7/antithreonyl transfer RNA synthetase syndrome
Author(s): SA Yousem, F Schneider, D Bi, CV Oddis, K Gibson, R Aggarwal
Year: 2014
Journal: Human Pathology
Volume: 45(6)
Page(s): 1199-1204
Title: Rituximab in the treatment of refractory adult and juvenile dermatomyositis and adult polymyositis: a randomized, placebo-phase trial
Author(s): CV Oddis, AM Reed, R Aggarwal, ..., HE Rockette, RIM Study Group
Year: 2013
Journal: Arthritis and Rheumatism
Volume: 65(2)
Page(s): 314-324
Title: The 2010 American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism Classification Criteria for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Phase 2: Methodological Report.
Author(s): Neogi, T, Aletaha, D, Silman, A, Naden, R, Felson, D, Aggarwal, R
Year: 2010
Journal: Arthritis Rheum (in print)
Title: Psychometric properties of the EuroQol-5D and Short Form-6D in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.
Author(s): Aggarwal, R, Wilke, CT, Pickard, AS, Vats, V, Mikolaitis, R, Fogg, L, Block, JA, Jolly, M
Year: 2009
Journal: J Rheumatol (Jun)
Volume: 36
Page(s): 1209-16
Title: Pinched purpura - Amyloidosis
Author(s): Aggarwal, R
Year: 2009
Journal: Arthritis & Rheumatism
Volume: 60
Page(s): 639
Title: Anti-citrullinated peptide antibody assays and their fole in the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis
Author(s): Aggarwal, R, Liao, K, Nair, R, Ringold, S, Costenbader, KH
Year: 2009
Journal: Arthritis Rheum (Nov)
Volume: 15
Page(s): 1472-83
Title: Absence of transaminase elevation during concomitant methotrexate and isoniazid therapy.
Author(s): Ekochin, LH, Manadan, AM, Aggarwal, R, Sequeira, W, Block, JA
Year: 2009
Journal: J Rheumatol (Sep)
Volume: 36
Page(s): 2127
For Pub Med search results, click here.