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The Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinic conducts comprehensive evaluations by a team including rheumatologists and a plastic surgeon specializing in the correction of hand deformities. Patients seen in this clinic are monitored over time to evaluate their response to new therapies.

Because many of our patients have complex systemic disease, rheumatologists work closely with specialists in other departments at UCSF Medical Center to address all of their needs. These specialists include orthopedic surgeons who specialize in hand, shoulder, knee, foot and ankle deformities as well as joint replacement.

To check the status of your appointment request, please email the clinic at

Getting Here

Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Floor B-1
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2497
Fax: (415) 353-2530

Hours: Monday to Friday,
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications that you're allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes

Access Your Health Information Online

This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.

Learn more about UCSF MyChart

Request Appointment

Thank you for your interest in the Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinic. If you would like to request a new patient appointment, please ask your referring physician to fax the following documents to our office at (415) 353-2530:

  • A written request from your referring physician, including clinical notes describing your symptoms. Please note that our office requires this even if your insurance doesn't demand a referral from a primary care physician.
  • An updated immunization record.
  • Notes from your previous rheumatologist, if you have one, diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Laboratory tests including ESR, CRP, rheumatoid factor and CCP antibody. If you are RF+ but CCP-, your doctor should include hepatitis B and hepatic C antibody testing and recent CBC, LFT and BUN/Cr.
  • X-rays or MRIs of the affected joints, particularly the hands and feet.
  • Dexa scan results if available.
  • Insurance authorization allowing you to be seen in this office, if required by your insurance.

The review process can take up to five to 10 business days or longer, due to the volume of requests we receive. Feel free to email our office at to inquire about the status of your request. Please email us rather than calling, as the phone lines can be very busy.

Please note that we receive many referral requests and are not always able to accept new patients. If we cannot accept you as a patient, we will notify your referring physician and provide him or her with a list of other providers. If we are able to take you as a patient, we will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Thank you for considering the UCSF Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinic for your health care needs.


Parking at Parnassus

Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Medical Center is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.

Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.

For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.

Valet Parking Service

Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.

A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.

Public Transportation


UCSF Medical Center is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:

  • 43-Masonic*
  • 6-Parnassus

For more information about Muni visit,

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

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Clinic Team

R. Krishna Chaganti
Dr. R. Krishna Chaganti,
Lianne Gensler
Dr. Lianne Gensler,
Andrew Gross
Dr. Andrew Gross,