Krishna Chaganti

Associate Professor

Dr. R. Krishna Chaganti is a rheumatologist who cares for patients with a variety of rheumatologic diseases. She has been a clinician at UCSF since 2008 and has a special focus on rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and skeletal health/osteoporosis. She also has a strong interest in the use of musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound to enhance the diagnosis and care of patients in rheumatology.

She sees patients in general rheumatology at the Parnassus campus and at the Orthopedic Institute and also sees patients in the Skeletal Health clinic at the Orthopedic Institute. In her research, Dr. Chaganti studied risk factors associated with developing osteoarthritis of the hip, risk of revision hip surgery and factors associated with increased disability due to osteoarthritis.

Dr. Chaganti has a strong commitment to teaching and teaches medical students, residents and fellows at the Parnassus Fellows' clinic. She coordinates their weekly clinical case conference, lectures as part of their core didactics curriculum, and teaches MSK ultrasound as part of an ultrasound elective.
RhMSUS, 2019 - MSK Ultrasound, American College of Rheumatology
M.S., 2009 - Biostatistics, Columbia University
Postdoctoral Studies, 2008 - Graduate Division, University of California, San Francisco
Fellowship, 2006 - Rheumatology, Hospital for Special Surgery/Weill Cornell Hospital
Residency, 2003 - Internal Medicine, Temple University
M.D., 1999 - School of Medicine, Temple University
A.B., 1994 - History, Princeton University
Honors and Awards
  • Ira M. Goldstein Award for Outstanding Teaching in Rheumatology, UCSF, 2019
  • ACR Physician Scientist Development Award, Hospital for Special Surgery/NYP Weill Cornell Hospital, 2004-2007
  1. Jafri K, Zahed H, Wysham KD, Patterson S, Nolan AL, Bucknor MD, Chaganti RK. Antimalarial myopathy in a systemic lupus erythematosus patient with quadriparesis and seizures: a case-based review. Volume 36 of Issue 6. Clinical rheumatology 2017. PMID: 28236156

  2. Yu WY, Manrriquez E, Bhutani T, Chaganti RK, Ruben BS, Schwartz BS, Fox LP. Sweet heart: A case of pregnancy-associated acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis with myopericarditis. JAAD case reports 2014. PMID: 27075127

  3. Chaganti RK, Lane NE, Nevitt MC. Response to Letter to the Editor: "Food frequency questionnaire is an effective method for measuring micronutrient intake.". Osteoarthritis and cartilage 2014. PMID: 25168364

  4. Chaganti RK, Purdue E, Sculco TP, Mandl LA. Elevation of serum tumor necrosis factor a in patients with periprosthetic osteolysis: a case-control study. Clinical orthopaedics and related research 2014. PMID: 24307062

  5. Chaganti RK, Tolstykh I, Javaid MK, Neogi T, Torner J, Curtis J, Jacques P, Felson D, Lane NE, Nevitt MC. High plasma levels of vitamin C and E are associated with incident radiographic knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and cartilage 2013. PMID: 24291351

  6. Chaganti RK, Lane NE. Risk factors for incident osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. Current reviews in musculoskeletal medicine 2011. PMID: 21808997

  7. Chaganti RK, Parimi N, Cawthon P, Dam TL, Nevitt MC, Lane NE. Association of 25-hydroxyvitamin D with prevalent osteoarthritis of the hip in elderly men: the osteoporotic fractures in men study. Arthritis and rheumatism 2010. PMID: 20112402

  8. Chaganti RK, Parimi N, Lang T, Orwoll E, Stefanick ML, Nevitt M, Lane NE. Bone mineral density and prevalent osteoarthritis of the hip in older men for the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) Study Group. Osteoporosis international : a journal established as result of cooperation between the European Foundation for Osteoporosis and the National Osteoporosis Foundation of the USA 2010. PMID: 20101493

  9. Lynch JA, Parimi N, Chaganti RK, Nevitt MC, Lane NE. The association of proximal femoral shape and incident radiographic hip OA in elderly women. Osteoarthritis and cartilage 2009. PMID: 19427402