Ankylosing Spondylitis

The UCSF Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of AS.

The clinic employs the latest diagnostic techniques, with particular focus on identifying disease at its earliest stage using specialized AS physical examination techniques and MRI protocols. Treatment of AS features the newest pharmacologic therapies. The AS clinic places additional emphasis on non-pharmacologic treatments, and patients are encouraged to work with UCSF physical therapists in this clinic to guide them through optimized exercises for this disease. Lianne Gensler, MD, the director of the AS clinic, is a member of the Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network (SPARTAN) and is actively involved in the study of this disease.

UCSF is one of only four sites in the United States enrolling patients in an NIH-sponsored study examining the genetics of AS and the impact of genetics on disease severity. For more information, please contact Dr. Gensler at (415) 353-2305.

For patients who are interested in making an appointment, please visit the Ankylosing Spondylitis website.