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Ken Sack, M.D.


Dr. Kenneth Sack is a renowned expert in rheumatology at UCSF Medical Center. In addition to caring for patients, he conducts research on rheumatological disorders. His work is widely published in medical journals and books.

Sack earned a medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Mass. He completed residencies in internal medicine at Genesee Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I., and University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. He completed a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Ala. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American College of Rheumatology and American Society of Clinical Rheumatology.


Rheumatology Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Floor B1
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2497
Fax: (415) 353-2530

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

Conditions & Treatments

  • Osteoarthritis

More about Ken Sack


Tufts University School of Medicine 1968


Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Internal Medicine 1970
University of Michigan Hospital, Internal Medicine 1974


University of Alabama Health Sciences, Rheumatology 1978

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Shiboski SC, Shiboski CH, Criswell L, Baer A, Challacombe S, Lanfranchi H, Schiødt M, Umehara H, Vivino F, Zhao Y, Dong Y, Greenspan D, Heidenreich AM, Helin P, Kirkham B, Kitagawa K, Larkin G, Li M, Lietman T, Lindegaard J, McNamara N, Sack K, Shirlaw P, Sugai S, Vollenweider C, Whitcher J, Wu A, Zhang S, Zhang W, Greenspan J, Daniels T. American College of Rheumatology classification criteria for Sjögren's syndrome: a data-driven, expert consensus approach in the Sjögren's International Collaborative Clinical Alliance cohort. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2012 Apr; 64(4):475-87.
  2. Malladi AS, Sack KE, Shiboski SC, Shiboski CH, Baer AN, Banushree R, Dong Y, Helin P, Kirkham BW, Li M, Sugai S, Umehara H, Vivino FB, Vollenweider CF, Zhang W, Zhao Y, Greenspan JS, Daniels TE, Criswell LA. Primary Sjögren's syndrome as a systemic disease: a study of participants enrolled in an international Sjögren's syndrome registry. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2012 Jun; 64(6):911-8.
  3. Sack KE. Taking away the diagnosis. Tex Heart Inst J. 2012; 39(1):1.
  4. Sack KE. Is glucosamine MSM effective for osteoarthritis? Postgrad Med. 2006 Jul-Aug; 119(2):97-8.
  5. Davis J, Webb A, Lund S, Sack K. Results from an open-label extension study of etanercept in ankylosing spondylitis. Arthritis Rheum. 2004 Apr 15; 51(2):302-4.
  6. Morehead K, Sack KE. Osteoarthritis. What therapies for this disease of many causes? Postgrad Med. 2003 Nov; 114(5):11-7.
  7. Taouli B, Guermazi A, Sack KE, Genant HK. Imaging of the hand and wrist in RA. Ann Rheum Dis. 2002 Oct; 61(10):867-9.
  8. Gorman JD, Sack KE, Davis JC. Treatment of ankylosing spondylitis by inhibition of tumor necrosis factor alpha. N Engl J Med. 2002 May 2; 346(18):1349-56.
  9. Rehman Q, Sack KE. When to try COX-2-specific inhibitors. Safer than standard NSAIDs in some situations. Postgrad Med. 1999 Oct 1; 106(4):95-7, 101-2, 105-6.
  10. Sack KE. The difficulties of differentiating vasculitis from its mimics. Cleve Clin J Med. 1998 Nov-Dec; 65(10):550-2.
  11. Sack KE, Carteron NL, Whitcher JP, Greenspan JS, Daniels TE. Sarcoidosis Mimicking Sjögren's Syndrome: Histopathologic Observations. J Clin Rheumatol. 1998 Feb; 4(1):13-6.
  12. Stone JH, Peterfy CG, Sack KE. Bone pain in a transplant patient. Arthritis Rheum. 1997 Jul; 40(7):1361-3.
  13. Sack KE. Immobilizing heel pain in a runner. Hosp Pract (1995). 1997 Mar 15; 32(3):243.
  14. Sack K. Monarthritis: differential diagnosis. Am J Med. 1997 Jan 27; 102(1A):30S-34S.
  15. Leithäuser ML, Rob PM, Sack K. Pentoxifylline, cyclosporine A and taurolidine inhibit endotoxin-stimulated tumor necrosis factor-alpha production in rat mesangial cell cultures. Exp Nephrol. 1997 Jan-Feb; 5(1):100-4.
  16. Sack KE. Osteoarthritis. A continuing challenge. West J Med. 1995 Dec; 163(6):579-86.
  17. Stone JH, Sack KE, McCalmont TH, Connolly MK. Gottron's papules? Acanthosis nigricans. Arthritis Rheum. 1995 Jun; 38(6):862-5.
  18. Peterfy CG, Majumdar S, Lang P, van Dijke CF, Sack K, Genant HK. MR imaging of the arthritic knee: improved discrimination of cartilage, synovium, and effusion with pulsed saturation transfer and fat-suppressed T1-weighted sequences. Radiology. 1994 May; 191(2):413-9.
  19. Steinhoff J, Faerber P, Preuss R, Wood WG, Sack K. [alpha 2-macroglobulin in urine. Significance for differential diagnosis of rejection and infections after kidney transplantation]. Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 1994 Jan 7; 119(1-2):1-6.
  20. Sack KE. When vasculitis is not vasculitis. Hosp Pract (Off Ed). 1993 Jul 15; 28(7):94, 97-100, 103.

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