Dr. Ceponis

Seema Aceves, MD, PhDArnold Ceponis, MD, PhD, RhMSUS is an academic Board-certified rheumatologist who diagnoses and treats various rheumatic and autoimmune conditions. Dr Ceponis practices rheumatology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Health System. Dr Ceponis is a Director of Rheumatology Fellowship program at UCSD School of Medicine, and is actively involved in resident and fellow teaching, and he runs CME program for rheumatolgists. Dr. Ceponis is certified in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Rheumatology (RhMSUS) by the American College or Rheumatology (ACR), and is nationally reconginzed expert and instructor in the field of musculoskeletal ultrasound. Before becoming part of the Faculty at UCSD, Dr. Ceponis, has completed internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Sothern California (USC-LAC), LA and Saint Joseph Health system in Ann Arbor, MI. Dr. Ceponis completed his rheumatology fellowship at UCSD. He received MD from Medical Academy of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, and a PhD degree from Helsinki University. 

About the Lab

Dr. Ceponis scholarly interests include mechanisms of joint pathology, individualized precision medicine in rheumatology, and applications of musculoskeletal ultrasound as an outcome measure and research tool in translational research and clinical studies.

Research Highlights

Examples of Dr. Ceponis scholarly activities include research on diagnostic ultrasound role in the management of rheumatoid arthritis, diagnosis of secondary Sjögren's, and collaboration with UCSD Hemophilia Center. The latter study has pioneered introduction of MSKUS as a rapid diagnostic tool for joint bleeds in patients with hemophilia. This innovate clinical research and ultrasound use in hemophilic arthropathy was highlighted in NatureOutlook supplement magazine: 27 NOVEMBER 2014 | VOL 515 | NATURE | S171.
Ongoing research activity aimed at the development and utilization of minimally invasive ultrasound guided synovial biopsy as a tool of obtaining target tissue for the purposes of clinical and molecular phenotyping of inflammatory arthritis.