Pacific Arthritis Care Center

About Us

Pacific Arthritis Care Center is a group rheumatology practice based in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. A rheumatologist is an internist who has undergone additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones.

A rheumatologist treats arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal pain disorders and osteoporosis. There are more than 100 types of these diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, back pain, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis. Some of these are very serious diseases that can be difficult to diagnose and treat.

Meet Our Doctors

Ali Ashrafzadeh

MD, FACR

Dr. Ash, as he is affectionately known to his patients and his colleagues, was trained in internal medicine at the NY Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY and completed his fellowship training in Rheumatology at the University of Arizona. He previously practiced at Pacific Arthritis from 2003 until 2008.

Realizing a great need for new therapeutics in rheumatology, he took a research sabbatical, where he worked on the development of new therapies for rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and idiopathic membranous nephropathy. Currently, Dr. Ash continues to do clinical research; however, he returned in 2011 to Pacific Arthritis and his passion of seeing and taking care of his patients.

Gary R. Feldman

MD, FACR

Gary R. Feldman, MD, FACR

Gary R. Feldman, MD, FACR is the Medical Director of Pacific Arthritis Care Center and the Osteoporosis Diagnostic Medical Center. Dr. Feldman has been in practice for over 24 years and is Board Certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. He received his medical degree from Tufts University and completed his post-graduate training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Feldman is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is active in teaching and clinical research.

Dr. Feldman served as President of the California Rheumatology Alliance, a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and a member of the Los Angeles County Medical Association, California Medical Association, and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry. Dr. Feldman specializes in Osteoporosis evaluation, treatment and prevention by providing DEXA evaluations, consultation, and continuing care for this condition, as well as all other outpatient Rheumatology.

Daniel E. Furst

MD, MACR

Daniel E. Furst, MD, MACR

Daniel E. Furst was the first Carl M. Pearson Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Medical Center. Dr. Furst received his MD from Johns Hopkins University and two fellowships (Rheumatology and Clinical Pharmacology).

Dr. Furst has been on a number of national committees concerned with rheumatic therapeutics. He recently was co-leader of the ACR recommendations for the use of non-biologic and biologic therapies in RA and is a Master of the ACR. Dr. Furst has published more than 650 articles and 15 books, including more than 220 research articles. Dr. Furst’s areas of research interest include the clinical pharmacology of anti-rheumatic drugs and biologics, and the pathophysiology and treatment of systemic sclerosis.

James A. Jenkins

PhD, MPH

James A. Jenkins, PhD , MPH is Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Arthritis Care Center and President/CEO of rheumRx, Inc., actively participating in clinical care, research and practice management.

Dr. Jenkins has a PhD in Health Services and an Executive MPH from UCLA. He has volunteered on numerous committees of the American College of Rheumatology and served as Vice President of the California Rheumatology Alliance and Chair of Public Policy and Advocacy for the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region.

Arliz A. Luna

MSN, FNP-C

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Arliz Arizanga-Luna has worked with Dr. Feldman for over 20 years specializing in infusion therapy. She is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner credentialed by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Loyola Marymount University. While working with Dr. Feldman, she discovered her passion for patient care and returned to school to become a nurse. She completed her training at Los Angeles County School of Nursing and received her Masters of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Phoenix.

Arliz focuses on health promotion while providing specialized care for her patients. She strives to emphasize the benefits that healthy choices and an active lifestyle have in optimizing health. She actively listens and educates her patients and families to help them achieve their healthcare goals.

What Is A Nurse Practitioner?

https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Health-Care-Team/Nurse-Practitioner