Pacific Rheumatology Associates

Founded in 1994 by Dr. Neal Birnbaum and Dr. David Curtis, the team at PRA includes 4 physicians who are board certified Rheumatologists by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and who are all active members of the American College of Rheumatology. Our doctors are active medical staff at California Pacific Medical Center, northern California’s largest private teaching hospital, and participate in the training of internal medicine residents.

What we treat.

Inflammatory  arthritis 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis (Psoriasis with joint pain/swelling)

Other Spondyloarthritis (Ankylosing Spondylitis, Reactive Arthritis, Arthritis associated with Inflammatory bowel disease)

Palindromic Rheumatism

Adult Onset Still's Disease 

Viral arthritis

Collagen Vascular disease 

Systemic Lupus Erythematoses

Sjogren's Syndrome

Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

Systemic Sclerosis/Scleroderma

Giant Cell Arteritis/Temporal Arteritis

Inflammatory Myositis/myopathy  

ANCA-associated vasculitis (i.e Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis)

Polyarteritis Nodosa

Other Musculoskeletal conditions


Soft Tissue Rheumatism (Tenosynovitis,Tendonitis, Bursitis, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome)

Metabolic Bone Disease



Paget's disease of bone  


Unexplained Joint or Muscle Pain

Other Systemic Inflammatory Diseases


Behcet's disease

Periodic fever syndromes (i.e. familial Mediterranean fever)

IgG4 Related Diseases

Crystalline Arthritis


Pseudogout (chondrocalcinosis)

BCP disease