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Liron Caplan, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine

​Dr. Caplan is the section chief for rheumatology at the Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center (RMR VAMC) and a staff physician at the University of Colorado Hospital.  Dr. Caplan engages in clinically-oriented epidemiologic and health service research within the field of pharmacoepidemiology and auto-immunity/rheumatology.  Areas of interest include retrospective analysis of databases, as well as construction and maintenance of patient registries.  Dr. Caplan is Director of the Spondyloarthritis program at the University of Colorado and RMR VAMC, and has worked with the Program to Understand the Longterm Outcomes in SpondyloARthritis (PULSAR) registry, Veterans Affairs Rheumatoid Arthritis registry, and National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases, among others. 

​1990-1994                  University of Texas, B.A., Plan II Liberal Arts
                                    Austin, Texas

1995-1999                 Baylor College of Medicine, M.D.
                                    Houston, Texas

1999-2002                   Emory University, Internal Medicine Internship/Residency
                                    Atlanta, Georgia
2002-2004                  Washington University, Rheumatology Fellowship (Clinical)
                                    St. Louis, Missouri
2004-2005                  Washington University, Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
                                    St. Louis, Missouri
2004-2005                  St. Louis University, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
                                    St. Louis, Missouri
2006-2010                  University of Colorado, Ph.D., Health Services Research
​                                   Denver, Colorado
​2005-2012                   Assistant Professor of Medicine/Rheumatology,
                                    ​University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO
2011-2015                   Regular Faculty, Clinical Science Program,
                                     University of Colorado Graduate School, Denver, CO

2012-present               Associate Professor of Medicine/Rheumatology,
                                    Univer​sity of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO

2014-present               Section Chief, Rheumatology,
                                    RMR Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Denver, CO

​2007-present  Site Principal Investigator, Veterans Affairs Rheumatoid Arthritis registry
2009-2010          Member, American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Quality Measurement White
                             Paper Development Workgroup
2009-2011          Member, American College of Rheumatology Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical
                             Disease Activity Measures Working Group
2009-present  Site Principal Investigator, Program to Understand the Longterm Outcomes 
                             in SpondyloARthritis (PULSAR) registry
2010-2012          Member, American College of Rheumatology Quality of Care Committee
2010-2012          Quality of Care Committee Liason, American College of Rheumatology
                              Committee on Registries and Health Information Technology
2010-2012          Member and Moderator of Expert Panel, ACR Glucocorticoid-Induced
                              Osteoporosis Quality Measures Working Group
2010-present  Executive Committee Member and Biostatistician, Program to Understand
                               the Longterm Outcomes in SpondyloARthritis (PULSAR) registry
2011-2013           Affiliate Member, SPondyloArthritis Research and Treatment Network
                               (SPARTAN) Program of the Spondylitis Association of America
2012                   Moderator of Expert Panel, ACR Rheumatoid Arthritis Quality Measures 
                               Working Group

2012-17, '18       Member and Systematic Literature Review Lead, ACR/SPARTAN/SAA
                               Ankylosing Spondylitis and Axial Spondyloarthritis Treatment
                               Guidelines Working Group
2012-present  University of Colorado School of Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program                                  Interview Committee 
2013-present  Founding Member of the Board of Directors, SPondyloArthritis Research
                                and Treatment Network (SPARTAN, California Nonprofit Public
                                Benefit Corporation)
2013-present  Core Investigator, VA Denver-Seattle Center for Innovation for
                                Veteran-centered, Value-driven CaRe (DiSCoVVeR)
2014-present        Member, Group for the Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and
                                Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA)
2014-present  Member, Research and Development Committee, Veterans Affairs
                              Eastern Colorado Health Care System
2014-2016          Secretary, SPondyloArthritis Research and Treatment Network (SPARTAN)
2014-present  Member, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Arthritis Advisory 
2015                  Moderator, American College of Rheumatology Axial Spondyloarthritis Guideline
                              Working Group​
2016-2018          Vice-Chair, SPondyloArthritis Research and Treatment Network (SPARTAN)

2018-present       Chair, SPondyloArthritis Research and Treatment Network (SPARTAN)​
1990-1992         University of Texas Freshman, Sophomore Academic Scholarship

1990                   Allan Saxe, Isadore Garsek, and Morti Levinson Scholarships

1990-1994         Four-Time College Scholar, Dean of Liberal Arts, 1990-94

1994                   Magna Cum Laude Scholar (with High Honors), College of Liberal Arts

1994                   Member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha of Texas Chapter

2002                   American College of Rheumatology (ACR) REF Fellowship Training Award

2004                ​   American College of Rheumatology, Fellow Award, 2004

2007                   ​​Univ. of Colorado, Outstanding Ph.D. Student in Health Services Research

2008                ​​   ACR, Rheumatology Research Workshop Travel Award
2010                  ​​​Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado HSC Directors Special Contribution Award
2011                  Golden Stethoscope Teaching Award, Best Physical Exam Preceptor
2012-2013     ​     Early Career Investigator Delegate, ACR/EULAR Int'l Academic Exchange 
Dr. Caplan’s research addresses a number of topics including spondyloarthritis, medication adverse events, disease activity measures and patient reported outcomes.



   Publications (NCBI publication list)


   University of Colorado Program to Advance Spondyloarthritis Treatment (U.C.PAST)


   Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center Rheumatology Section​ 




Caplan Research Laboratory

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