Atul DeodharM.D., M.R.C.P.

  • Professor of Medicine, Division of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases, School of Medicine


  • Rheumatology

Special focus on

  • Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases
  • Autoimmune Connective Tissue Diseases

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Atul A. Deodhar, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of rheumatology clinics at the Division of Arthritis & Rheumatic Diseases in Oregon Health & Science University, Portland. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology; and is a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, and also American College of Physicians.

Dr. Deodhar is a past-chair of SPARTAN (Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network), an organization of North American Rheumatologists dedicated to education and research in the field of axial spondyloarthritis. He serves on the Steering Committee of GRAPPA (Group for the Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis). He served on the American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) treatment guidelines sub-committee, and as the associate editor of the Advanced Rheumatology Course by Association of Health Professionals in Rheumatology (ARHP). He has served the ACR in various other capacities as a vice chair of the annual meeting planning committee, member of the peripheral MRI task force, Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) nominating committee and developer of the ARHP online advanced rheumatology course. Dr. Deodhar serves on the Rheumatology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)

Dr. Deodhar is the Deputy Editor of Best Practice and Research Clinical Rheumatology, and a guest editor for Current Opinion in Rheumatology. He is a reviewer for Nature Reviews in Rheumatology, Arthritis & Rheumatology, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Annals of Internal Medicine, among several other journals. His research interests are axial spondyloarthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. He has authored 3 books, over 200 peer-reviewed articles; several book chapters, and editorials. Dr. Deodhar has been He has been a principal or co-investigator in more than 100 clinical trials, mostly focused on therapies for ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

He completed his fellowship in rheumatology at Oregon Health & Science University, and before that, a research fellowship in rheumatology at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, England. He completed his residency in internal medicine and geriatrics at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, as well as in the Sassoon General Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Pune, India. He received his MBBS and MD degrees from the University of Pune, India; and the MRCP from the Royal College of Physicians, London, England.


  • M.B.B.S., 1980, B.J. Medical College
  • M.D., 1984, University of Pune
  • M.R.C.P., 1990, Royal College of Physicians
  • M.D., 1996, University of Bath
  • Residency:

    • KEM Hospital, Pune, India
  • Fellowship:

    • Rheumatology: Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, England
    • Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine
    • American Board of Internal Medicine - Rheumatology


  • English
  • Hindi

Memberships and associations

  • Member, Royal College of Physicians, London, England; M.D. (Ph.D. equivalent), University of Bath, England
  • American College of Rheumatology
  • Fellow of American College of Rheumatology
  • Fellow of American College of Physicians
  • Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network - SPARTAN
  • Group for the research and assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis - GRAPPA

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