Dr. Gary Firestein, MD

Dr. Gary Firestein, MD

Rheumatology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 64
Dr. Gary Firestein, MD is a rheumatology specialist in San Diego, CA and has been practicing for 32 years. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine in 1980 and specializes in rheumatology.Read his story

4168 Front St

San Diego, CA 92103

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan

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Autoimmune Diseases
more than 56% of peers
Rheumatoid Arthritis
more than 40% of peers
more than 23% of peers

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Dr. Firestein's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Firestein "Dr. Firesteins research efforts have focused on the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). His laboratory helped define the synovial cytokine profile of RA and demonstrated the dominance of macrophage and fibroblast products as opposed to the expected T cell cytokines. These studies contributed to the development of the highly effective anti-TNF approaches in RA. Recently, Dr. Firestein has focused his attention on synoviocyte transformation in RA as a mechanism of joint destruction. His group was the first to describe somatic mutations in the p53 tumor suppressor genes in the RA synovium. The mutations were subsequently demonstrated to be dominant negative and increased the cartilage invasiveness of these cells. Dr. Firesteins laboratory has also worked extensively on metalloproteinase and cytokine gene regulation in synoviocytes by MAP kinases and NF-kB as well as on novel gene therapy approaches to RA."
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1  Specialties

  • Rheumatology

2  Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Rheumatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

27  Conditions Treated

2  Procedures

  • Joint Drainage
  • Steroid Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

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  • Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1980
  • UCLA Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1981
  • UCLA Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Ucsd Med Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1986

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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