Alicia Rodriguez Pla, M.D., Ph.D.



  1. Phoenix, Arizona



Dr. Rodriguez-Pla is a Senior Associate Consultant in Rheumatology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She earned her medical degree from the Universidad de Navarra in Spain, and went on to rheumatology training at the Hospital Santa Creu i Sant Pau and Hospital Malalties Reumatiques, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain). She then earned her Ph.D. from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, working in translational and epidemiological research on giant cell arteritis.

Her longstanding interest in vasculitis led her to pursue post-doctoral training in the United States, from 2003 to 2007, as a visiting post-doctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Rodriguez-Pla gained further experience in translational research in vasculitis and had the opportunity to see many patients with vasculitis. During her last two years at Johns Hopkins, she was funded through a Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium (VCRC)/Vasculitis Foundation (VF) fellowship. She also received a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2007.

After practicing as a clinical rheumatologist in Spain, she returned to the U.S. at the end of 2008 and worked in lupus research at Baylor Institute for Immunology Research in Dallas. She then completed a clinical fellowship in rheumatology at Boston University and residency in internal medicine at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass.

After completing her clinical training, she worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson where she was the co-founder and the Co-Director of the Scleroderma Center and the founder and Director of the Vasculitis Center. At University of Arizona, she was a preceptor in the fellows clinic.

She has authored several case reports and research papers, primarily related to autoimmune conditions, especially in the field of vasculitis and scleroderma. Her clinical and research interests are vasculitis and scleroderma.

Research interests:

  • Vasculitis and scleroderma

Board certifications:

  • Internal Medicine, 2018
  • Rheumatology, 2019
  1. IgG4-related disease
  2. Scleroderma
  3. Vasculitis
  • Vasculitis and scleroderma
  • IgG4-related diseases
  1. 2017
    Resident - Internal MedicineDepartment of Internal Medicine, Lahey Clinic
  2. 2017
    Resident - (Rotator - daily for two weeks)Division of Rheumatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  3. 2015
    Clinical FellowshipDivision of Rheumatology, Boston University
  4. 2014
    Clinical Fellowship - (Rotation one day a week for three months)IgG4-Related Diseases Center, Division of Rheumatology
  5. 2007
    Fellow - A two-year mentored training program for physician-investigators with a strong interest in vasculitis, who wish to pursue a period of specialized training with an emphasis on clinical and/or translational patient-oriented clinical investigationVasculitis Clinical Research Consortium (VCRC) Vasculitis Foundation (VF), Johns Hopkins University
  6. 2007
    Research FellowshipDivision of Clinical and Molecular Rheumatology, The Johns Hopkins University
  7. 2007
    MPH - Public HealthJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  8. 2005
    Research FellowshipStanley Division of Developmental Neurovirology, The Johns Hopkins University
  9. 2003
    Ph.D. - Immunology/RheumatologyUniversitat Autonoma de Barcelona
  10. 1998
    Clinical Fellowship - Internal Medicine and RheumatologyHospital de Santa Creu i de Sant Pau and Hospital Malaties Reumatiques, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
  11. 1994
    MD - MedicineUniversidad de Navarra


  1. 2019
    RheumatologyAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  2. 2018
    Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine

Awards and honors

  1. 2004
    Travel Award - San AntonioSpanish Society of Rheumatology
  2. 2003
    Cum Laude in Internal Medicine/Immunology PhDUniversitat Autonoma de Barcelona
  3. 2003
    Travel Award - OrlandoSpanish Society of Rheumatology
  4. 2002
    Travel Award - New OrleansSpanish Society of Rheumatology
  5. 2001
    Travel Award - San FranciscoSpanish Society of Rheumatology
  6. 2000
    Travel Award - PhiladelphiaSpanish Society of Rheumatology
  7. 1999
    Travel Award - BostonSpanish Society of Rheumatology
  8. 1998
    Fellowship - One Week in Lupus Unit, St. Thomas Hospital, London, UKEuropean League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)
  9. 1998
    Travel Award - San DiegoSpanish Society of Rheumatology
  10. 1997
    Travel Award - PragueEuropean League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)
  11. 1992
    Scholarship - Erasmus ProgrammeRegional Hospital of Galway
  12. 1988
    Scholarship - Hidroelectrica/Iberdrola Medicine StudiesUniversity of Navarra

Professional memberships

  1. 2021 - present
    MemberAI Discovery Focus Group, Department of Internal Medicine
  2. 2021 - present
    MemberMultidisciplinary Disease Oriented Group (DOG)
  3. 2021 - present
    Diversity ChampionDivision of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine
  4. 2021 - present
    MemberGender Equity Task Force, American Medical Women's Association
  5. 2021 - present
    Grant ReviewerLinda Brodsky Memorial Fund Grant Applications, American Medical Women's Association
  6. 2020
    Poster abstract reviewerArizona Chapter, American College of Physicians
  7. 2020
    Judge - Clinical PresentationsArizona Chapter, American College of Physicians
  8. 2020 - present
    MemberAmerican Medical Women's Association
  9. 2018 - present
    MemberGuided Fellowship Program, American College of Physicians
  10. 2013 - present
    MemberAlumni Association, University of Navarra
  11. 2013 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Physicians
  12. 2013 - present
    MemberMassachusetts Medical Society
  13. 2013 - present
    MemberAmerican Medical Association
  14. 2012 - present
    MemberFederation of Clinical Immunology Societies
  15. 2011 - present
    MemberAssociation of Women in Science
  16. 2009 - present
    MemberArthritis Foundation
  17. 2008 - present
    MemberAlumni Association, The Johns Hopkins University
  18. 2007 - 2008
    MemberMedical Board of Cantabria
  19. 2003 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Rheumatology
  20. 1996 - present
    MemberSpanish Society of Rheumatology
  21. 1995 - 2003
    MemberMedical Board of Barcelona