Jeffrey R. Lisse, MD

Medical Director
Arizona Telemedicine Program

Dr. Lisse is a Professor of Medicine in the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Medical Director for the University of Arizona Arthritis Center’s Osteoporosis Program and Medical Director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program. A native of Washington D.C., he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Franklin & Marshall College in 1972 and his Medical Doctorate with honors from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1976. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the United States Public Health Services Hospital in San Francisco, California, in 1979 and a fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of California in San Diego in 1983. He joined the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2000 as the Ethel McChesney Bilby Endowed Chair for Osteoporosis.  He served as chief of the UA Division of Rheumatology from 2004-2013 and was interim director of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center from 2005-2008.

Before coming to the University of Arizona in 2000, Dr. Lisse spent 17 years at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He served as a Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, a consultant in the Department of Pathology, and Medical Director of the Immuno-diagnostic Laboratory. Prior to these appointments, Dr. Lisse was a staff associate at the National Institutes of Health Southwest Studies Field Section in Phoenix, Arizona, and was an internal medicine consultant for the Phoenix and Sacaton Indian Health Service Hospitals during that time.

His major research interests are in the investigation of new therapies for arthritis and osteoporosis with a special interest in these diseases among minority populations.

Dr. Lisse is a member of the board of directors for the Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition, the Southwest Osteoporosis Council and the Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition. He is also the past president of the Arizona Osteoporosis Coalition (AZOC).  He is the author of numerous articles on therapies for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and the epidemiology of rheumatic diseases.

His awards include the Best Doctors in America, the Lange Award for Academic Excellence, the United States Public Health Service Scholarship and the “Bone Builders” Award of Excellence. He has been named as chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee in the University of Arizona Department of Medicine.

Dr. Lisse is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.  His clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory back pain (spondyloarthritis), lupus and osteoporosis.