Gaffo Oct2015Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program
Rheumatology Section Chief, Birmingham VA Medical Center



Shelby Bldg., room 306

Telephone:(205) 975-8909



MD: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, 1991-1999, Lima, Peru 
Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2002-2005

Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005-2007
Quality Improvement, National VA Quality Scholars Program at the Birmingham VA Medical Center, 2007-2009

Postgraduate: MSPH in Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, 2006-2008)


Clinical Interests

  • General Rheumatology Practice with emphasis in connective tissue diseases and metabolic crystal disorders.
  • Quality improvement in musculoskeletal disease.
  • Care of patients with vasculitis


Research interests

  • Epidemiology of hyperuricemia and gout, with focus on their association with ethnic, dietary, and cardiovascular factors
  • Quality of care in arthritis and rheumatic diseases
  • Clinical and therapeutic aspects of vasculitis care



Click here for a more complete list of publications. Below are selected papers

Sattui SE, Singh JA, Gaffo AL. 2014. Comorbidities in patients with crystal diseases and hyperuricemia. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 40(2):251-78. PMID: 24703346 PMCID: PMC4159668

Gaffo AL, Jacobs DR Jr, Sijtsma F, Lewis CE, Mikuls TR, Saag KG. 2012. Serum urate association with hypertension in young adults: analysis from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults cohort. Ann Rheum Dis. 2012 Sep 14. [Epub ahead of print]PMID:22984170

Gaffo AL, Jacobs DR Jr, Lewis CE, Mikuls TR, Saag KG. 2012. Association between being African-American, serum urate levels and the risk of developing hyperuricemia: findings from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults cohort. Arthritis Res Ther. 14(1):R4. PMID:22225548

Gaffo AL, Schumacher HR, Saag KG, Taylor WJ, Dinnella J, Outman R, Chen L, Dalbeth N, Sivera F, Vázquez-Mellado J, Chou CT, Zeng X, Perez-Ruiz F, Kowalski SC, Goldenstein-Schainberg C, Chen L, Bardin T, Singh JA. 2012. Developing a provisional definition of flare in patients with established gout. Arthritis Rheum. 64(5):1508-17. PMID:22083456



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