Laura B. Hughes, MD, MSPHProfessor
Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program

Shelby Bldg, Room 178G
1825 University Blvd.
Telephone: (205) 934-7995
Fax:(205) 996-6734


BS (Zoology), Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, 1991, cum laude
MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, 1996, with Scholastic Excellence
Internship and Residency (Internal Medicine), Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama, 1996-1999
Chief Resident (Internal Medicine), Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama, 1999-2000
Clinical Fellow (Internal Medicine), Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama , 2001-2003
MSPH (Clinical Trials/Biostatistics), University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, 2001-2003

Research Interests:

Dr. Hughes’ research interest is in identifying pharmacogenetic markers for treatment response and toxicity in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis. She has also investigated genetic markers for susceptibility and severity in African-American subjects with rheumatoid arthritis. Her research interests have recently expanded to include analysis of genetic markers in inflammatory and adipokine genes for association with osteoarthritis.


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

Tamhane A, McGwin G Jr, Redden DT, Hughes LB, Brown EE, Westfall AO, Reynolds RJ, Conn DL, Jonas BL, Smith EA, Brasington RD, Moreland LW, Bridges SL Jr, Callahan LF. 2013. Complementary and alternative medicine use in african-americans with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 66(2):180-189. PMID:23983105

Reynolds RJ, Cui X, Vaughan LK, Redden DT, Causey Z, Perkins E, Shah T, Hughes LB; CLEAR Investigators, Damle A, Kern M, Gregersen PK, Johnson MR, Bridges SL Jr. 2013. Gene expression patterns in peripheral blood cells associated with radiographic severity in African Americans with early rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatol Int. 33(1):129-37. PMID:22238028 PMCID:PMC3769702

Perkins EA, Landis D, Causey ZL, Edberg Y, Reynolds RJ, Hughes LB, Gregersen PK, Kimberly RP, Edberg JC, Bridges SL Jr; Consortium for the Longitudinal Evaluation of African Americans with Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Investigators. 2012. Association of single-nucleotide polymorphisms in CCR6, TAGAP, and TNFAIP3 with rheumatoid arthritis in African Americans. Arthritis Rheum. 64(5):1355-8. PMID:22127930

Guermazi A, Roemer FW, Hayashi D, Crema MD, Niu J, Zhang Y, Marra MD, Katur A, Lynch JA, El-Khoury GY, Baker K, Hughes LB, Nevitt MC, Felson DT. 2011. Extended report: assessment of synovitis with contrast-enhanced MRI using a whole-joint semiquantitative scoring system in people with, or at high risk of, knee osteoarthritis: the MOST study. Ann Rheum Dis. 70(5):805-11.  PMID: 21187293

Hughes LB, Reynolds RJ, Brown EE, Kelley JM, Thomson B, Conn DL, Jonas BL, Westfall AO, Padilla MA, Callahan LF, Smith EA, Brasington RD, Edberg JC, Kimberly RP, Moreland LW, Plenge RM, Bridges SL Jr. 2010. Most common single-nucleotide polymorphisms associated with rheumatoid arthritis in persons of European ancestry confer risk of rheumatoid arthritis in African Americans. Arthritis Rheum. 62(12):3547-53. PMID: 21120996