Danila, Maria I., MD, MSc

DanilaAssistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Clinical Director, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology


Shelby Building, Room 210
1825 University Boulevard, Zip 35294

Telephone: (205) 801-8191
Email: mdanila@uab.edu


MD, “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania, 1999
Internship (General Medicine), “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania, 2000
MSc (Microbiology), University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2003
Residency in Internal Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago-Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL, 2003-2006
Clinical Rheumatology Fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2006-2008

Clinical Interests

  • General rheumatology practice with emphasis on inflammatory arthritis, extra-articular manifestations of rheumatic diseases, and gout

Research Interests

  • Understanding the relationship between the human genome, environment and the development of complex rheumatic diseases
  • Developing prediction models for disease outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases using clinical and genetic data
  • Improving quality of care in rheumatic diseases


Selected Publications

Halilova KI, Brown EE, Morgan SL, Bridges SL Jr, Hwang MH, Arnett DK, Danila MI. 2012. Markers of treatment response to methotrexate in rheumatoid arthritis: where do we stand? Int J Rheumatol. 2012:978396. PMID:22844292

Woods MT, Gavino AC, Burford HN, Hughey SL, Mercado P, Danila M, Andea AA. 2011. The evolution of histopathologic findings in adult Still disease. Am J Dermatopathol. 33(7):736-9. PMID:21915034

Danila MI, Hughes LB, Brown EE, Morgan SL, Baggott JE, Arnett DK, Bridges SL Jr. 2010. Measurement of erythrocyte methotrexate polyglutamate levels: ready for clinical use in rheumatoid arthritis? Curr Rheumatol Rep. 12(5):342-7. PMID: 20665136

Bridges SL Jr, Causey ZL, Burgos PI, Huynh BQ, Hughes LB, Danila MI , van Everdingen A, Ledbetter S, Conn DL, Tamhane A, Westfall AO, Jonas BL, Callahan LF, Smith EA, Brasington R, Moreland LW, Alarcón GS, van der Heijde DM. 2010. Radiographic severity of rheumatoid arthritis in African Americans: results from a multicenter observational study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 62:624-31. PMID: 20461784

Burgos PI, Causey ZL, Tamhane A, Kelley JM, Brown EE, Hughes LB, Danila MI, van Everdingen A, Conn DL, Jonas BL, Callahan LF, Smith EA, Brasington RD Jr, Moreland LW, van der Heijde DM, Alarcón GS, Bridges SL Jr. 2010. Association of IL4R single-nucleotide polymorphisms with rheumatoid nodules in African Americans with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Res Ther. 12(3):R75. PMID: 20444266

Kelley JM, Hughes LB, Malik A, Danila MI, Edberg Y, Alarcón GS, Conn DL, Jonas BL, Callahan LF, Smith EA, Brasington RD, Edberg JC, Kimberly RP, Moreland LW, Bridges SL. 2010. Genetic variants of STAT4 associated with rheumatoid arthritis in persons of Asian and European ancestry do not replicate in African Americans. Ann Rheum Dis. 69(4):625-6. PMID: 20237121

Osborne JD, Flatow J, Holko M, Lin SM, Kibbe WA, Zhu LJ, Danila MI, Feng G, Chisholm RL. 2009. Annotating the human genome with Disease Ontology. BMC Genomics. 10 Suppl 1:S6. PMID: 19594883

Pons-Estel GJ, Alarcón GS, McGwin G Jr, Danila MI, Zhang J, Bastian HM, Reveille JD, Vilá LM; Lumina Study Group. 2009. Protective effect of hydroxychloroquine on renal damage in patients with lupus nephritis: LXV, data from a multiethnic US cohort. Arthritis Rheum. 61(6):830-9. PMID: 19479701

Danila MI, Pons-Estel GJ, Zhang J, Vilá LM, Reveille JD, Alarcón GS. 2009. Renal damage is the most important predictor of mortality within the damage index: data from LUMINA LXIV, a multiethnic US cohort. Rheumatology (Oxford). 48(5):542-5. PMID: 19233884

Danila MI, Bridges SL Jr. 2008. Update on pathogenic mechanisms of systemic necrotizing vasculitis. Curr Rheumatol Rep. 10(6):430-5. Review. PMID: 19007531

Danila MI, Hughes LB, Bridges SL. 2008. Pharmacogenetics of etanercept in rheumatoid arthritis. Pharmacogenomics. 9(8):1011-5. PMID: 18681777

Saag KG, Teng GG, Patkar NM, Anuntiyo J, Finney C, Curtis JR, Paulus HE, Mudano A, Pisu M, Elkins-Melton M, Outman R, Allison JJ, Suarez Almazor M, Bridges SL Jr, Chatham WW, Hochberg M, MacLean C, Mikuls T, Moreland LW, O'Dell J, Turkiewicz AM, Furst DE; American College of Rheumatology. 2008. American College of Rheumatology 2008 recommendations for the use of nonbiologic and biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs in rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 59(6):762-84.  PMID: 18512708

Danila MI, Patkar NM, Curtis JR, Saag KG, Teng GG. 2008. Biologics and heart failure in rheumatoid arthritis: are we any wiser? Curr Opin Rheumatol. 20(3):327-33. PMID: 18388526


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