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Jonathan Graf, M.D.

Director of the Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinic

Dr. Jonathan Graf, director of the Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinic, is an expert in rheumatic diseases. His primary research focus is on Kawaski Disease, an acute vasculitis that primarily affects infants and toddlers. Graf earned his medial degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a residency and a post-doctoral fellowship in rheumatology at the UCSF.

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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1997


UCSF Medical Center, Internal Medicine 2000


UCSF Medical Center, Rheumatology 2003

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Scheibe MM, Imboden JB, Schmajuk G, Margaretten M, Graf JD, Chen AH, Yelin EH, Yazdany J. Efficiency gains for rheumatology consultation using a novel electronic referral system in a safety net health setting. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2015 Jan 26.
  2. Hsue PY, Scherzer R, Grunfeld C, Imboden J, Wu Y, Del Puerto G, Nitta E, Shigenaga J, Schnell Heringer A, Ganz P, Graf J. Depletion of B-cells with rituximab improves endothelial function and reduces inflammation among individuals with rheumatoid arthritis. J Am Heart Assoc. 2014 Oct; 3(5):e001267.
  3. Carlson AQ, Tuot DS, Jen KY, Butcher B, Graf J, Sam R, Imboden JB. Pauci-immune glomerulonephritis in individuals with disease associated with levamisole-adulterated cocaine: a series of 4 cases. Medicine (Baltimore). 2014 Oct; 93(17):290-7.
  4. Coffey G, Betz A, Graf J, Stephens G, Hua Lin P, Imboden J, Sinha U. Methotrexate and a spleen tyrosine kinase inhibitor cooperate to inhibit responses to peripheral blood B cells in rheumatoid arthritis. Pharmacol Res Perspect. 2013 Dec; 1(2):e00016.
  5. Belani H, Gensler L, Bajpai U, Meinhardt E, Graf J, Pincus L, Leslie KS. Neutrophilic urticaria with systemic inflammation: a case series. JAMA Dermatol. 2013 Apr; 149(4):453-8.
  6. Richman NC, Yazdany J, Graf J, Chernitskiy V, Imboden JB. Extraarticular manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis in a multiethnic cohort of predominantly Hispanic and Asian patients. Medicine (Baltimore). 2013 Mar; 92(2):92-7.
  7. Barton JL, Schmajuk G, Trupin L, Graf J, Imboden J, Yelin EH, Schillinger D. Poor knowledge of methotrexate associated with older age and limited English-language proficiency in a diverse rheumatoid arthritis cohort. Arthritis Res Ther. 2013; 15(5):R157.
  8. Graf J. Rheumatic manifestations of cocaine use. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2013 Jan; 25(1):50-5.
  9. Bajpai UD, Swainson LA, Mold JE, Graf JD, Imboden JB, McCune JM. A functional variant in FCRL3 is associated with higher Fc receptor-like 3 expression on T cell subsets and rheumatoid arthritis disease activity. Arthritis Rheum. 2012 Aug; 64(8):2451-9.
  10. Graf J, Lynch K, Yeh CL, Tarter L, Richman N, Nguyen T, Kral A, Dominy S, Imboden J. Purpura, cutaneous necrosis, and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies associated with levamisole-adulterated cocaine. Arthritis Rheum. 2011 Dec; 63(12):3998-4001.
  11. Lynch KL, Dominy SS, Graf J, Kral AH. Detection of levamisole exposure in cocaine users by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. J Anal Toxicol. 2011 Apr; 35(3):176-8.
  12. Rooney T, Scherzer R, Shigenaga JK, Graf J, Imboden JB, Grunfeld C. Levels of plasma fibrinogen are elevated in well-controlled rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2011 Aug; 50(8):1458-65.
  13. Graf J. Analgesic use in the elderly: the "pain" and simple truth: comment on "The comparative safety of analgesics in older adults with arthritis". Arch Intern Med. 2010 Dec 13; 170(22):1976-8.
  14. Barton JL, Imboden J, Graf J, Glidden D, Yelin EH, Schillinger D. Patient-physician discordance in assessments of global disease severity in rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2010 Jun; 62(6):857-64.
  15. Graf J, Scherzer R, Grunfeld C, Imboden J. Levels of C-reactive protein associated with high and very high cardiovascular risk are prevalent in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. PLoS One. 2009; 4(7):e6242.

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