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Bharat Kumar, MD, MME

Associate Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program
Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine - Immunology

Contact Information



MD, Saba University School of Medicine
MME, University of Iowa College of Medicine
Resident, Internal Medicine, University of Kentucky Medical Center
Fellow, Rheumatology and Allergy/Immunology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Licensure and Certifications

Allergy/Immunology - American Board of Allergy and Immunology
Rheumatology - American Board of Internal Medicine
Fellow of the American College of Physicians - American College of Physicians
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification in Rheumatology - American College of Rheumatology
Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine


Swee, M. L., Sanders, M. L., Phisitkul, K., Bailey, G., Thumann, A., Neuzil, N., Kumar, B., O'Shea AMJ, & Dixon, B. S. (2020). Development and implementation of a Telenephrology dashboard for active surveillance of kidney disease: a quality improvement project. BMC nephrology, 21(1), 424. PMID: 33023489.

Kilian, A., Chock, Y. P., Huang, I. J., Graef, E. R., Upton, L. A., Khilnani, A., Krupnikova SDS,, Almaghlouth, I., Cappelli, L. C., Fernandez-Ruiz, R., Frankel, B. A., Frankovich, J., Harrison, C., Kumar, B., Monga, K., Vega JAR,, Singh, N., Sparks, J. A., Sullo, E., Young, K. J., Duarte-Garcia, A., Putman, M., Johnson, S., Grainger, R., Wallace, Z. S., Liew, J. W. & Jayatilleke, A. (2020). Acute respiratory viral adverse events during use of antirheumatic disease therapies: A scoping review. Seminars in arthritis and rheumatism, 50(5), 1191-1201. PMID: 32931985.

Sangha, S., Lenert, P. & Kumar, B. (2020). A Patient With Back Pain and Morning Stiffness. JAMA, 324(12), 1203-1204. PMID: 32857102.

Kumar, B., Swee, M. L., Suneja, M. & Iyer, P. (2020). Well-Being, Burnout, and Resiliency Among Early-Career Rheumatologists: A Qualitative Study. Journal of clinical rheumatology : practical reports on rheumatic & musculoskeletal diseases. PMID: 32658045.

Kumar, B. (2020). Commentary on "Under Pressure". Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 95(7), 1037. PMID: 31977342.

Kumar, B., Swee, M. L. & Suneja, M. (2020). Leadership training programs in graduate medical education: a systematic review. BMC medical education, 20(1), 175. PMID: 32487056.

Wilson, J., Swee, M., Mosher, H., Scott-Cawiezell, J., Levins, L., Fort, K. & Kumar, B. (2020). Using Lean Six Sigma to Improve Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates in a Veterans Affairs Rheumatology Clinic. Journal for healthcare quality : official publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality, 42(3), 166-174. PMID: 31385855.

Kumar, B. (2020). Commentary on "Under Pressure". Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. PMID: 31977342.

Kumar, B., Swee, M. L. & Suneja, M. (2019). The ecology of program director leadership: power relationships and characteristics of effective program directors. BMC medical education, 19(1), 436. PMID: 31752808.

Zembrzuska, H., Kumar, B. (2019). Further Considerations of the Need for Integrated Mental Health Treatment in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients: Comment on the Review by Matcham et al. (Vols. 71). (6), pp. 1024-1025. Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.). PMID: 30688411.

Zembrzuska, H., Kumar, B. (2019). The Impact of Targeted Rheumatoid Arthritis Pharmacologic Treatment on Mental Health. Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.). PMID: 30688411.

Kumar, B., Ballas, Z. (2018). Adverse Events Associated with Immune Checkpoint Blockade. (Vols. 378). (12), pp. 1164. The New England journal of medicine. PMID: 29565520.

Kumar, B., Strouse, J., Swee, M., Lenert, P. & Suneja, M. (2018). Hydralazine-associated vasculitis: Overlapping features of drug-induced lupus and vasculitis. Seminars in arthritis and rheumatism. PMID: 29519741.

Kumar, B., Aleem, S., Saleh, H., Petts, J. & Ballas, Z. K. (2017). A Personalized Diagnostic and Treatment Approach for Macrophage Activation Syndrome and Secondary Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis in Adults. Journal of clinical immunology, 37(7), 638-643. PMID: 28871523.

Kumar, B., Swee, M. L. & Suneja, M. (2017). The Premedical Curriculum: We Can Do Better for Future Physicians. Southern medical journal, 110(8), 538-539. PMID: 28771652.

Kumar, B. (2017). Global health inequities in rheumatology. (Vols. 56). (1), pp. 4-5. Rheumatology (Oxford, England). PMID: 27012689.

Kumar, B. (2016). Left-Sided Flank Pain, Fevers, and Fatigue in a 26-Year-Old Male With Seropositive Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis care & research, 68(11), 1714-1720. PMID: 26414970.

Kumar, B., Lenert, P. (2016). Gout and African Americans: Reducing disparities. Cleveland Clinic journal of medicine, 83(9), 665-74. PMID: 27618355.