Joann Zell, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine-Rheumatology

Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Rheumatology


  • Bermas BL, Gianfrancesco M, Tanner HL, Seet AM, Aguiar MC, Al Adhoubi NK, Al Emadi S, Cunha BM, Flood R, Kusevich DA, McCarthy EM, Patel NJ, Ruderman EM, Sattui SE, Sciascia S, Siddique F, Valenzuela-Almada MO, Wise LM, Worthing AB, Zell J, Bhana S, Costello W, Duarte-Garcia A, Grainger R, Gossec L, Hausmann JS, Hyrich K, Lawson-Tovey S, Liew JW, Sirotich E, Sparks JA, Sufka P, Wallace ZS, Machado PM, Strangfeld A, Clowse MEB, Yazdany J, Robinson PC. COVID-19 in Pregnant Women With Rheumatic Disease: Data From the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance. J Rheumatol. 2022 Jan;49(1):110-114. PubMed PMID: 34470798
  • Subash M, Liu LH, DeQuattro K, Choden S, Jacobsohn L, Katz P, Bajaj P, Barton JL, Bartels C, Bermas B, Danila MI, Downey C, Ferguson S, Reiter K, Wahl E, Weinstein E, Zell J, Schmajuk G, Yazdany J. The Development of the Rheumatology Informatics System for Effectiveness Learning Collaborative for Improving Patient-Reported Outcome Collection and Patient-Centered Communication in Adult Rheumatology. ACR Open Rheumatol. 2021 Oct;3(10):690-698. PubMed PMID: 34288595
  • Kozora E, Zell J, Swigris J, Strand M, Duggan EC, Burleson A, Make B. Cardiopulmonary correlates of cognition in systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus. 2015 Feb;24(2):164-73. PubMed PMID: 25249596
  • Quinzanos I, Davis L, Keniston A, Nash A, Yazdany J, Fransen R, Hirsh JM, Zell J. Application and feasibility of systemic lupus erythematosus reproductive health care quality indicators at a public urban rheumatology clinic. Lupus. 2015 Feb;24(2):203-9. PubMed PMID: 25267076
  • Davis LA, Goldstein B, Tran V, Keniston A, Yazdany J, Hirsh J, Storfa A, Zell J. Applying Choosing Wisely: Antinuclear Antibody (ANA) and Sub-Serology Testing in a Safety Net Hospital System. Open Rheumatol J. 2015;9:82-7. PubMed PMID: 26862352
  • Yazdany J, Schmajuk G, Robbins M, Daikh D, Beall A, Yelin E, Barton J, Carlson A, Margaretten M, Zell J, Gensler LS, Kelly V, Saag K, King C. Choosing wisely: the American College of Rheumatology's Top 5 list of things physicians and patients should question. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2013 Mar;65(3):329-39. PubMed PMID: 23436818
  • Yazdany J, Trupin L, Tonner C, Dudley RA, Zell J, Panopalis P, Schmajuk G, Julian L, Katz P, Criswell LA, Yelin E. Quality of care in systemic lupus erythematosus: application of quality measures to understand gaps in care. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Oct;27(10):1326-33. PubMed PMID: 22588825
  • Yazdany J, Trupin L, Kaiser R, Schmajuk G, Gillis JZ, Chakravarty E, Schwarz EB. Contraceptive counseling and use among women with systemic lupus erythematosus: a gap in health care quality?. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2011 Mar;63(3):358-65. PubMed PMID: 21080446
  • Gillis JZ, Panopalis P, Schmajuk G, Ramsey-Goldman R, Yazdany J. Systematic review of the literature informing the systemic lupus erythematosus indicators project: reproductive health care quality indicators. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2011 Jan;63(1):17-30. PubMed PMID: 20734353
  • Yazdany J, Tonner C, Trupin L, Panopalis P, Gillis JZ, Hersh AO, Julian LJ, Katz PP, Criswell LA, Yelin EH. Provision of preventive health care in systemic lupus erythematosus: data from a large observational cohort study. Arthritis Res Ther. 2010;12(3):R84. PubMed PMID: 20462444
  • Panopalis P, Gillis JZ, Yazdany J, Trupin L, Hersh A, Julian L, Criswell LA, Katz P, Yelin E. Frequent use of the emergency department among persons with systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2010 Mar;62(3):401-8. PubMed PMID: 20391487
  • Fischer A, Swigris JJ, du Bois RM, Lynch DA, Downey GP, Cosgrove GP, Frankel SK, Fernandez-Perez ER, Gillis JZ, Brown KK. Anti-synthetase syndrome in ANA and anti-Jo-1 negative patients presenting with idiopathic interstitial pneumonia. Respir Med. 2009 Nov;103(11):1719-24. PubMed PMID: 19497723
  • Yazdany J, Panopalis P, Gillis JZ, Schmajuk G, MacLean CH, Wofsy D, Yelin E. A quality indicator set for systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Rheum. 2009 Mar 15;61(3):370-7. PubMed PMID: 19248127
  • Fischer A, Swigris JJ, du Bois RM, Groshong SD, Cool CD, Sahin H, Lynch DA, Gillis JZ, Cohen MD, Meehan RT, Brown KK. Minor salivary gland biopsy to detect primary Sjogren syndrome in patients with interstitial lung disease. Chest. 2009 Oct;136(4):1072-1078. PubMed PMID: 19429722
  • Panopalis P, Yazdany J, Gillis JZ, Julian L, Trupin L, Hersh AO, Criswell LA, Katz P, Yelin E. Health care costs and costs associated with changes in work productivity among persons with systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Rheum. 2008 Dec 15;59(12):1788-95. PubMed PMID: 19035422
  • Fischer A, Swigris JJ, Groshong SD, Cool CD, Sahin H, Lynch DA, Curran-Everett D, Gillis JZ, Meehan RT, Brown KK. Clinically significant interstitial lung disease in limited scleroderma: histopathology, clinical features, and survival. Chest. 2008 Sep;134(3):601-605. PubMed PMID: 18403656
  • Swigris JJ, Fischer A, Gillis J, Meehan RT, Brown KK. Pulmonary and thrombotic manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus. Chest. 2008 Jan;133(1):271-80. PubMed PMID: 18187752
  • Gillis JZ, Dall'era M, Gross A, Yazdany J, Davis J. Six refractory lupus patients treated with rituximab: a case series. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Apr 15;57(3):538-42. PubMed PMID: 17394185
  • Yelin E, Trupin L, Katz P, Criswell L, Yazdany J, Gillis J, Panopalis P. Work dynamics among persons with systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Feb 15;57(1):56-63. PubMed PMID: 17266065
  • Yelin E, Trupin L, Katz P, Criswell LA, Yazdany J, Gillis J, Panopalis P. Impact of health maintenance organizations and fee-for-service on health care utilization among people with systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Apr 15;57(3):508-15. PubMed PMID: 17394180
  • Yazdany J, Gillis JZ, Trupin L, Katz P, Panopalis P, Criswell LA, Yelin E. Association of socioeconomic and demographic factors with utilization of rheumatology subspecialty care in systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 May 15;57(4):593-600. PubMed PMID: 17471526
  • Gillis JZ, Yazdany J, Trupin L, Julian L, Panopalis P, Criswell LA, Katz P, Yelin E. Medicaid and access to care among persons with systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 May 15;57(4):601-7. PubMed PMID: 17471527
  • Panopalis P, Julian L, Yazdany J, Gillis JZ, Trupin L, Hersh A, Criswell LA, Katz P, Yelin E. Impact of memory impairment on employment status in persons with systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Dec 15;57(8):1453-60. PubMed PMID: 18050187
  • Daikh DI, Gillis J, Wofsy D. Inhibition of T cell costimulation: an emerging therapeutic strategy for autoimmune rheumatic diseases. Arthritis Rheum. 2006 Apr 15;55(2):322-4. PubMed PMID: 16583382
  • Halgren RG, Traynor AE, Pillay S, Zell JL, Heller KF, Krett NL, Rosen ST. 8Cl-cAMP cytotoxicity in both steroid sensitive and insensitive multiple myeloma cell lines is mediated by 8Cl-adenosine. Blood. 1998 Oct 15;92(8):2893-8. PubMed PMID: 9763575
  • Krett NL, Zell JL, Halgren RG, Pillay S, Traynor AE, Rosen ST. Cyclic adenosine-3',5'-monophosphate-mediated cytotoxicity in steroid sensitive and resistant myeloma. Clin Cancer Res. 1997 Oct;3(10):1781-7. PubMed PMID: 9815564
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Professional Memberships

  • American College of Rheumatology, Member
  • American Medical Association, member

Practice Locations

Denver Health
777 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204

UCHealth Rheumatology Clinic - Anschutz Medical Campus
1635 Aurora Ct
4th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045

Specialty Information

  • Rheumatology, Board Certification

General Information

Languages: English
Department: Medicine-Rheumatology
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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