Alicia Rodriguez-Pla MD, PhD, MPH

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF


Alicia Rodriguez-Pla, MD, MPH, Ph.D., is a board-certified and fellowship-trained physician-scientist in rheumatology.

Dr. Rodriguez-Pla began her medical education in Pamplona, Spain, earning her medical degree at Universidad de Navarra. She then continued her education by completing a rheumatology fellowship in Barcelona, which included a 1.5-year rotation in internal medicine and other related medical disciplines and the Emergency Department. After this fellowship, Dr. Rodgiuez-Pla earned a doctorate working in translational and epidemiological research on giant cell arteritis at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

She continued her post-doctoral education in the United States, completing two post-doctoral research fellowships focused on vasculitis at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Rodriguez-Pla earned her Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2007. Dr. Rodriguez-Pla then returned to the United States at the end of 2008, after practicing as a clinical rheumatologist in Spain, to work in lupus research at The Baylor Institute for Immunology Research in Dallas.

Dr. Rodriguez-Pla has continued to expand her clinical knowledge by completing a clinical fellowship in rheumatology at Boston University and an internal medicine residency at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts.

As an active member of the academic and medical communities, Dr. Rodriguez-Pla is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology, as well as a member of the American Medical Association, the American Medical Women’s Association, the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies, the Arthritis Foundation, and more. She has presented, written, edited, and contributed to medical journals, numerous peer-reviewed articles, books, book chapters, and conferences.

When Dr. Rodriguez-Pla is not seeing patients, teaching the next generation of physician leaders, or conducting research, you can find her spending time with her family.

Dr. Rodriguez-Pla is fluent in English and Spanish.

Education and Training

  • Internal Medicine Resident – Lahey Hospital & Medical Center – Burlington, MA
  • Division of Rheumatology, Clinical Fellowship – Boston University – Boston, MA
  • Master of Public Health – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Baltimore, MD
  • Vasculitis Clinical  Research Consortium (VCRC) -Vasculitis Foundation (VF) Fellowship Program – The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center – Baltimore, MD
  • Division of Clinical and Molecular Rheumatology, Research Post-doctoral Fellowship – The Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD
  • Stanley Division of Developmental Neurovirology, Research Post-doctoral Fellowship – The Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Immunology/Rheumatology – Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
  • Doctor of Medicine – Universidad de Navarra – Pamplona, Spain

Licensure & Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine – Rheumatology
  • American College of Rheumatology – Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification in Rheumatology
  • American College of Physicians
  • American College of Rheumatology
  • Americal Medical Association
  • American Medical Women’s Association
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Association of Women in Science
  • Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies
  • Massachusetts Medical Society
  • Spanish Society of Rheumatology

Department Affiliations

UCSF Fresno Department of Internal Medicine