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Lianne Gensler, M.D.

Director, Ankylosing Spondylitis Clinic

Dr. Lianne Gensler is a rheumatologist at UCSF Medical Center and director of the Ankylosing Spondylitis Clinic, which treats an inflammatory disease that primarily causes pain and inflammation in the spine and the joints between the spine and pelvis.

Gensler earned a medical degree at the University of California, Irvine. She completed an internal medicine residency, chief residency and rheumatology fellowship at UCSF and then joined the medical staff in Rheumatology. Her primary research interest is in studying the disease progression of ankylosing spondylitis and identifying the predictors of osteoporosis development in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. She is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCSF.


Ankylosing Spondylitis Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Floor B1
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353–2305
Fax: (415) 353–2530

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

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.

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

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UC Irvine School of Medicine 2001


UCSF Medical Center, Internal Medicine 2005


UCSF Medical Center, Rheumatology 2008

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Deodhar A, Sieper J, Reveille JD, van der Heijde D, Gensler LS, Landewe R. Reply to letter to the editor. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2014 Nov 21.
  2. Poddubnyy D, Gensler LS. Spontaneous, drug-induced, and drug-free remission in peripheral and axial spondyloarthritis. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2014 Oct; 28(5):807-818.
  3. Deodhar A, Reveille JD, van den Bosch F, Braun J, Burgos-Vargas R, Caplan L, Clegg DO, Colbert RA, Gensler LS, van der Heijde D, van der Horst-Bruinsma IE, Inman RD, Maksymowych WP, Mease PJ, Raychaudhuri S, Reimold A, Rudwaleit M, Sieper J, Weisman MH, Landewé RB. The Concept of Axial Spondyloarthritis: Joint Statement of the Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network and the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society in Response to the US Food and Drug Administration's Comments and Concerns. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2014 Oct; 66(10):2649-56.
  4. Robinson PC, Claushuis TA, Cortes A, Martin TM, Evans DM, Leo P, Mukhopadhyay P, Bradbury LA, Cremin K, Harris J, Maksymowych WP, Inman RD, Rahman P, Haroon N, Gensler L, Powell JE, vanderHorst-Bruinsma IE, Hewitt AW, Craig JE, Lim LL, Wakefield D, McCluskey P, Voigt V, Fleming P, Degli-Esposti M, Pointon JJ, Weisman MH, Wordsworth BP, Reveille JD, Rosenbaum JT, Brown MA. Genetic dissection of acute anterior uveitis reveals similarities and differences in associations observed with ankylosing spondylitis. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2014 Sep 8.
  5. Assassi S, Weisman MH, Lee M, Savage L, Diekman L, Graham TA, Rahbar MH, Schall JI, Gensler LS, Deodhar AA, Clegg DO, Colbert RA, Reveille JD. New population-based reference values for spinal mobility measures based on the 2009-2010 national health and nutrition examination survey. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2014 Sep; 66(9):2628-37.
  6. Cortes A, Maksymowych WP, Wordsworth BP, Inman RD, Danoy P, Rahman P, Stone MA, Corr M, Gensler LS, Gladman D, Morgan A, Marzo-Ortega H, Ward MM. Association study of genes related to bone formation and resorption and the extent of radiographic change in ankylosing spondylitis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2014 Apr 10.
  7. Fatemi G, Gensler LS, Learch TJ, Weisman MH. Spine fractures in ankylosing spondylitis: A case report and review of imaging as well as predisposing factors to falls and fractures. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2014 Aug; 44(1):20-4.
  8. Maksymowych WP, Learch T, Lambert RG, Ward M, Haroon N, Inman R, Salonen D, Gensler LS, Weisman MH. Development and validation of the spondyloarthritis radiography module for calibration of readers using the modified stoke ankylosing spondylitis spine score. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2014 Jan; 66(1):55-62.
  9. Haroon N, Inman RD, Learch TJ, Weisman MH, Lee M, Rahbar MH, Ward MM, Reveille JD, Gensler LS. The impact of tumor necrosis factor a inhibitors on radiographic progression in ankylosing spondylitis. Arthritis Rheum. 2013 Oct; 65(10):2645-54.
  10. Zhou X, Wang J, Zou H, Ward MM, Weisman MH, Espitia MG, Xiao X, Petersdorf E, Mignot E, Martin J, Gensler LS, Scheet P, Reveille JD. MICA, a gene contributing strong susceptibility to ankylosing spondylitis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2014 Aug; 73(8):1552-7.
  11. 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.
  12. Gensler LS. Glucocorticoids: complications to anticipate and prevent. Neurohospitalist. 2013 Apr; 3(2):92-7.
  13. Bethi S, Dasgupta A, Weisman MH, Learch TJ, Gensler LS, Davis JC, Reveille JD, Ward MM. Functional limitations due to axial and peripheral joint impairments in patients with ankylosing spondylitis: are focused measures more informative? Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2013 Apr; 65(4):607-14.
  14. Yazdany J, Schmajuk G, Robbins M, Daikh D, Beall A, Yelin E, Barton J, Carlson A, Margaretten M, Zell J, Gensler LS, Kelly V, Saag K, King C. Choosing wisely: the American College of Rheumatology's Top 5 list of things physicians and patients should question. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2013 Mar; 65(3):329-39.
  15. Ward MM, Learch TJ, Gensler LS, Davis JC, Reveille JD, Weisman MH. Regional radiographic damage and functional limitations in patients with ankylosing spondylitis: differences in early and late disease. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2013 Feb; 65(2):257-65.
  16. Gensler L, Inman R, Deodhar A. The "knowns" and "unknowns" of biologic therapy in ankylosing spondylitis. Am J Med Sci. 2012 May; 343(5):360-3.
  17. Joshi R, Reveille JD, Brown MA, Weisman MH, Ward MM, Gensler LS, Wordsworth BP, Evans DM, Assassi S. Is there a higher genetic load of susceptibility loci in familial ankylosing spondylitis? Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2012 May; 64(5):780-4.
  18. Barton JL, Pincus L, Yazdany J, Richman N, McCalmont TH, Gensler L, Dall'era M, Fye KH. Association of Sweet's Syndrome and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Case Rep Rheumatol. 2011; 2011:242681.
  19. Gensler LS, Ward MM, Reveille JD, Learch TJ, Weisman MH, Davis JC. Clinical, radiographic and functional differences between juvenile-onset and adult-onset ankylosing spondylitis: results from the PSOAS cohort. Ann Rheum Dis. 2008 Feb; 67(2):233-7.
  20. Gensler L, Davis JC. Recognition and treatment of juvenile-onset spondyloarthritis. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2006 Sep; 18(5):507-11.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.