Scleroderma, Vasculitis & Myositis Center


Below are selected publications of our center physicians. To view a complete list of their publications, please visit their individual pages:


Bhattarai, M., Yuan, W., Fletcher, P., Gersten, A., Chang, A., Spiera, R., Bass, A., Erkan, D. & Tarnow, D., "Rare Manifestation of Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis", Clinical Advances in Periodontics, 2013 vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 45-50. 

Unizony, SH., Dasgupta, B, Fisheleva, E, Rowell, Schett, L G Spiera R F, Stone JH, Design of the Tocilizumab in Giant Cell Arteritis Trial (GiACTA). . Int J Rheumatol 2013; doi:10.1155/2013/912562

Tomasson, G., Davis, J.C., Hoffman, G.S., McCune, W.J., Specks, U., Spiera, R., St.Clair, E.W., Stone, J.H. & Merkel, P.A., "The value of a patient global assessment for disease activity in granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's)", Arthritis & Rheumatism, 2013 ,44(4), 912-920.

Specks U, Merkel P, Seo,  P,  Spiera R, Langford C,  Hoffman, G, Kallenberg CGM, ,St. Clair W,. Fessler B,Ding L, Viviano,  L, Tchao NK,  . Phippard DJ,. Asare A, Lim N, Ikle D, Jepson B, Brunetta P,  Allen NB, Fervenza, FC, Geetha D, Keogh K,  Kissin EY,  Monach PA, Peikert, Tstegeman   C, Ytterberg SR, Mueller M , Sejismundo LP, Mieras K,Stone,  JH14 for the RAVE-ITN Research Group. Duration of Efficacy of Remission Induction Regimens for ANCA-Associated Vasculitis. Engl J Med 2013; 369:417-427

Forbess, L. J., Gordon, J. K. , Doobay, K., Bosworth, B. P., Lyman, S., Davids, M. L., & Spiera, R. F. . Low prevalence of coeliac disease in patients with systemic sclerosis: a cross-sectional study of a registry cohort. Rheumatology, (2013)52(5), 939-943.
Lally, L., & Spiera, R. F.. Biomarkers in ANCA-associated vasculitis. Current  rheumatology reports, 2013 15(10), 1-6.

Bernstein, E. J., Mandl, L. A., Gordon, J. K. , Spiera, R. F. and Horn, E. M., Submaximal Heart and Pulmonary Evaluation: A Novel Noninvasive Test to Identify Pulmonary Hypertension in Patients With Systemic Sclerosis. Arthritis Care Res,( 2013)65: 1713–1718. doi: 10.1002/acr.22051

Miloslavsky, E. M., Specks, U., Merkel, P. A., Seo, P., Spiera, R., Langford, C. A., Hoffman, G. S., Kallenberg, C. G. M., St.Clair, E. W., Tchao, N. K., Viviano, L., Ding, L., Sejismundo, L. P., Mieras, K., Iklé, D., Jepson, B., Mueller, M., Brunetta, P., Allen, N. B., Fervenza, F. C., Geetha, D., Keogh, K., Kissin, E. Y., Monach, P. A., Peikert, T., Stegeman, C., Ytterberg, S. R., Stone, J. H. and for the Rituximab in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis–Immune Tolerance Network Research Group , Clinical Outcomes of Remission Induction Therapy for Severe Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody–Associated Vasculitis. Arthritis & Rheumatism, (2013) 65: 2441–2449. doi: 10.1002/art.38044

Xie, G., Roshandel, D., Sherva, R., Monach, P.A., Lu, E.Y., Kung, T., Carrington, K., Zhang, S.S., Pulit, S.L., Ripke, S., Carette, S., Dellaripa, P.F., Edberg, J.C., Hoffman, G.S., Khalidi, N., Langford, C.A., Mahr, A.D., St.Clair, E.W., Seo, P., Specks, U., Spiera, R.F., Stone, J.H., Ytterberg, S.R., Raychaudhuri, S., de Bakker, P.I.W., Farrer, L.A., Amos, C.I., Merkel, P.A. & Siminovitch, K.A., "Association of Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis (Wegener's) With HLA?DPB1*04 and SEMA6A Gene Variants: Evidence From Genome-Wide Analysis", Arthritis & Rheumatism, (2013 )vol. 65, no. 9, pp. 2457-2468.

Lally, L., Lebovics, R. S., Huang, W. T., & Spiera, R. F. . Effectiveness of rituximab for the otolaryngologic manifestations of Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis. Arthritis Care & Research Vol. 66, No. 9, September 2014, pp 1403–1409, DOI 10.1002/acr.22311

Forbess, L. J., Griffin K.W., Spiera R.F., K. W. Griffin, and R. F. Spiera. "Practice patterns of ANCA-associated vasculitis: exploring differences among subspecialties at a single academic medical centre." Clinical and experimental rheumatology 32.3 Suppl 82 (2013): 48-50.

Lally L, Pernis A, Narula N, Huang W, and Spiera R, Increased rho kinase activity in temporal artery biopsies from patients with giant cell arteritis Rheumatology keu364 first published online September 10, 2014 doi:10.1093/rheumatology/keu364

Miloslavsky, E. M., U. Specks, P. A. Merkel, P. Seo, R. Spiera, C. A. Langford, G. S. Hoffman Kallenberg C.G.M, St. Clair E.W, Tchao N.K, Viviano L, Ding L, Ikle D, Villareal M,  Jepson B, Brunetta P, Allen NB, Fervenza FC, Geetha D, Keogh K, Kissin EY, Monach,  PA, Peikert T, Stegeman C, Ytterberg SR, and Stone JH for the RAVE-ITN Research Group,  et al. "Rituximab for the treatment of relapses in ANCA‐associated vasculitis." Arthritis & Rheumatology (2014).

Gordon JK, Udeh U, Doobay K, Margo C, Wildman, H, Davids M,  Mersten J, Huang, W, Lyman, S, Crow, M, Spiera RF. Imatinib Mesylate (Gleevec™) in the Treatment of Diffuse Cutaneous Systemic Sclerosis: Results of a 24 Month Open Label, Extension Phase, Single Center Trial" to Rheumatology., Experimental Rheumatology, 2014 Lally L and Spiera RF.  Current therapies for ANCA-associated vasculitis.  Annual Review of Medicine.  2014 volume 66, in press 

Lally L, Spiera RF.  Pulmonary Vasculitis. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2014, in press

Lally L and Spiera RF.  Current Landscape of ANCA-Associated Vasculitis: Classification, Diagnosis and Treatment . Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2014, in press 


Lally L and Spiera RF.  Vasculitis in Pregnancy.  In: Contraception and Pregnancy in Patients with Rheumatic Disease.  (Ed Sammaritano LR) Springer 2014, in press

 DiMartino, SJ,. Myositis and Pregnancy. In: Contraception and Pregnancy in Patients with Rheumatic Disease, .  (Ed Sammaritano LR) Springer 2014, in press

Spiera RF, Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Temporal Arteritis. In: Cecil’s Textbook of Medicine, 25th edition 2014, in press

Bernstein E., Spiera RF, Rheumatoid Vasculitis. (Ed Younger D) Nova Scientific, 2014 (in press)

Forbess LJ, Spiera RF. Raynaud’s Phenomenon. In: Clinical Decision Support: Rheumatology (eds, Cronstein BN, Goodman SM, Kay J and Yazici Y), Decision Support in Medicine, LLC, Wilmington, DE, Forthcoming. 2013. Gordon JK, Spiera RF. Systemic Sclerosis, Eosinophillic Fasciitis and Generalized Morphea. In: Clinical Decision Support: Rheumatology (eds, Cronstein BN, Goodman SM, Kay J and Yazici Y), Decision Support in Medicine, LLC, Wilmington, DE, Forthcoming. 2013.