Dr John D Fitzgerald

Dr John D Fitzgerald

About Dr John D Fitzgerald

SPECIALTY : Rheumatology
SUBSPECIALTIES : Crystal Related, Osteoarthritis

LANGUAGE : English, Spanish

Professional Statement

Dr John, MD, PhD’s research focuses on improving the management of patients with gout and other forms of crystalline arthritis, including CPPD illness. He is the principal author of the American College of Rheumatology Gout Guidelines and Gout Quality Improvement Measures.

Dr FitzGerald, in collaboration with the Gao lab at CalTech, is investigating a skin patch sensor that will continuously detect uric acid levels in a patient’s perspiration and communicate pre- and post-meal data to their mobile phone.

Dr FitzGerald, in collaboration with the Ozcan laboratory, has submitted a patent application for a lens-free polarized microscope that can distinguish between gout (monosodium urate – MSU) and pseudogout (calcium pyrophosphate – CPP) crystals.

Dr FitzGerald is researching the association between gout and cholesterol and its effect on atherosclerosis.

Dr FitzGerald is also interested in studies pertaining to Quality of Care and patient outcomes. He has investigated the influence of Rheumatology physician supply on patient care, hospital surgical volume on patient outcomes, and patient quality of life after joint replacement surgery. Additionally, Dr. FitzGerald undertakes policy research.

Dr John is linked with a number of regional institutions, including UCLA Medical Center and Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Medical Center. He has been practicing law for almost 20 years.

Education & Professional Experience

Medical School & Residency

  • Ph.D., 1997-2005
  • UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Rheumatology, 1996-1999
  • UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center
  • Chief Residency, Internal Medicine, 1996-1997
  • UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, 1993-1996
  • MPH, 1989-1993
  • Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Medical School
  • MBA, 1986-1989
  • B.S., 1982-1986

Licensure & Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Certified in Rheumatology
  • CA State Medical License
  • Active through 2024

Honors, Recognitions & Awards

  • CMS Stage 1 EHR, 2013
  • Super Doc
  • ACR Fellow
  • Rheumatology Fellows’ Appreciation Award, 2012
  • Distinguished Board Leadership Award, 2007
  • Research Day Poster Award for Non-Wet Lab, Junior Faculty, 2007
  • Medical Honoree, 2006
  • Arthritis Investigator Award, 2002
  • Rheumatology Senior Fellow Award, 1999
  • Physician Scientist Development Award, 1997
  • Martin J. Loeb Memorial Prize in Medicine (Outstanding Medical Student in Clinical Medicine), 1994
  • Commencement Committee Award (Outstanding Service Commitment to Medical School), 1994
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 1991
  • McGraw Hill Award (Outstanding Medical Student, Pre-clinical years), 1991

Dr John Appointment Process

Appointment Number(For Serial): BOOK BY PHONE (310) 373-6864 Or (310) 825-9111 &  Online Appointment here.

Chamber Name & AddressUCLA Medical Center, 1000 Veteran Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90024

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