Professor of Medicine



Director
, Arthritis Clinical Intervention Programcurtis_1Associate Director, Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics of Musculoskeletal Disorders
Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology

The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

Faculty Bio

Jeffrey R. Curtis, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology and Associate Director of the Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) of Musculoskeletal Disorders at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. As the Director of the UAB Arthritis Clinical Intervention Program, he leads the clinical trials unit for the rheumatology division at UAB, with a particular focus on rheumatoid arthritis (RA). He also is an Associate Scientist for the Center of Metabolic Bone Disease.

Dr. Curtis received a Medical Degree and a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland. He subsequently completed a residency in internal medicine at Oregon Health & Science University and a fellowship in rheumatology at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.

The evaluation of the efficacy, effectiveness, and safety of the medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of inflammatory arthritis are among Dr. Curtis’s research interests. He served on the Core Expert Panel for the ACR’s 2008 Recommendations for the Use of Nonbiologic and Biologic Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs in RA. He currently is the Deputy Director for a collaborative project between the FDA and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) studying the safety of biologic agents using multiple, pooled national data sources.

Dr. Curtis also studies risk factors for and outcomes of osteoporosis, particularly among men and non-Caucasians. He is a member of the ACR’s task force to update recommendations for the management of glucocorticoid induced osteoporosis (GIOP). Dr. Curtis is a member of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE), the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD). He has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.