Dr. Raj Carmona

Division of Rheumatology

Raj Carmona

Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine

Director, Medical Foundation 5, McMaster MD Program

Staff Rheumatologist, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Hamilton Health Sciences





Education and Professional Standing

Dr. Carmona is a rheumatologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at McMaster University.  He completed medical school and internship at the University of the West Indies (Trinidad).  He went on to do Internal Medicine Residency and Rheumatology Fellowship at McMaster University, following which he joined the faculty at McMaster in 2009.

His clinical interests include all inflammatory arthropathies (including rheumatoid arthritis, and seronegative disorders such as ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and enteropathic arthritis), as well as inflammatory ocular diseases.

Dr. Carmona is actively involved in the undergraduate and postgraduate training programs, and is the Director of Medical Foundation 5, McMaster MD Program.  He is also a Royal College examiner for the Rheumatology certification examination.  He is the recipient of the McMaster Department of Medicine Undergraduate Teaching Award (2015).

Dr. Carmona is also the creator of Rheumtutor.com, an open-access website that hosts an array of educational content that he develops.  This includes the acclaimed video series “McMaster MSK Examination Series” and “McMaster MSK Injection Techniques”.  These tools are used by universities and trainees across North America and internationally.


  • McMaster Department of Medicine Teaching Award (Undergraduate) 2015
  • McMaster AFP Internal Career Clinician Education Award 2010

Research / Publications

Book Chapter

  • Carmona, R. Osteoarthritis, McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine. Kraków: Medycyna Praktyczna; 2016.
  • Carmona, R. Imaging Scoring Methods in Arthritis, Essential Imaging in Rheumatology (Ed. John O’Neil).  Springer 2015.

Selected Publications

  1. Carmona R, et al.  Which Criteria for Inflammatory Back Pain in Spondyloarthritis are Optimal? Data from the Screening for Axial Spondyloarthritis in Psoriasis, Iritis, and Colitis Study (SASPIC).  EULAR Meeting, 2017.
  2. Bhavsar S, Carmona R. Anti-RNA Polymerase III in Scleroderma Renal Crisis. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. 2014 Oct;20(7)
  3. Carmona R, et al. MR imaging of the spine and sacroiliac joints for spondyloarthritis: influence on clinical diagnostic confidence and patient management. Radiology. 2013 Oct;269(1):208-15
  4. Carmona RJ, Adachi JR.  Treatment of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis, patient perspectives - focus on once yearly zoledronic acid. Patient Preference and Adherence, 2009
  5. Carmona RJ, Shaikh S, Khalidi N.  Chikungunya Viral Polyarthritis.  Journal of Rheumatology, 2008
  6. Carmona RJ, Adachi JR.  Calcium and Vitamin D for Osteoporotic Fracture Prevention. Polish Archives of Internal Medicine, 2007


  • http://www.rheumtutor.com
    RheumTutor.com, established in May 2012, is Dr. Carmona’s website and is dedicated to providing quality educational material from the field of rheumatology