Dr. Alfred Cividino

Division of Rheumatology

Alfred A. Cividino


Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine

Division Director, Division of Rheumatology


Medical Education and Clinical Interests

Dr. Cividino's medical education and clinical interests are in inflammatory arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout.

Education and Professional Standing

Dr. Alfred Cividino received his medical degree from McMaster University in 1979.  Dr. Cividino is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada) in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology.

At present, Dr. Cividino is the Head of the Rheumatology Service for the Hamilton Health Sciences and Division Director, Rheumatology, McMaster University. He holds the AbbVie Chair in Medical Education in Rheumatology.

Selected Publications

  1. Cividino A, Bakowsky V, Barr S, Bessette L, Hazel E, Khalidi N, Pope J, Robinson D, Shojania K, Yacyshyn E, Lohfeld L, Crawshaw D. How to Attract Trainees, a Pan-Canadian Perspective: Phase 1 of the "Training the Rheumatologists of Tomorrow" Project. J Rheumatol. 2016 Apr;43(4):788-98. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.150314. Epub 2016 Mar 1. PMID: 26932343
  2. Tomizza MA, Jessome MA, Barbosa J, Beattie KA, Bensen WG, Bobba RS, Cividino AA, Emond PD, Gordon C, Hart L, Ioannidis G, Koh MX, Larché M, Tavares R, Tytus S, Adachi JD. Assessing the Reliability of a Semiautomated Segmentation Algorithm for Quantifying Erosions in the Metacarpophalangeal Joints of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. J Rheumatol. 2015 Sep;42(9):1582-6. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.141139. Epub 2015 Jul 15. PMID: 26178277
  3. Tavares R, Beattie KA, Bensen WG, Bobba RS, Cividino AA, Finlay K, Goeree R, Hart LE, Jurriaans E, Larche MJ, Parasu N, Tarride JE, Webber CE, Adachi JD. A double-blind, randomized controlled trial to compare the effect of biannual peripheral magnetic resonance imaging, radiography and standard of care disease progression monitoring on pharmacotherapeutic escalation in rheumatoid and undifferentiated inflammatory arthritis: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial Trials. 2014 Jul 5;15:268. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-15-268. PMID: 24997587
  4. Lee EB, Fleischmann R, Hall S, Wilkinson B, Bradley JD, Gruben D, Koncz T, Krishnaswami S, Wallenstein GV, Zang C, Zwillich SH, van Vollenhoven RF; ORAL Start Investigators. Tofacitinib versus methotrexate in rheumatoid arthritis. N Engl J Med. 2014 Jun 19;370(25):2377-86. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1310476. PMID: 24941177 Named collaborator
  5. Leighton R, Akermark C, Therrien R, Richardson JB, Andersson M, Todman MG, Arden NK; DUROLANE Study Group. NASHA hyaluronic acid vs. methylprednisolone for knee osteoarthritis: a prospective, multi-centre, randomized, non-inferiority trial Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2014 Jan ;22(1):17-25. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2013.10.009. Epub 2013 Nov 1 . Named collaborator
  6. Harris J, Bykerk V, Hitchon C, Keystone E, Carter Thorne J, Boire G, Haraoui B, Hazlewood G, Bonner A, Pope J, Jamal S, Mosher D, Ahluwalia V, Bensen W, Larche M, Zummer M, Khraishi M, Nair B, Klinkhoff A, Cividino A.Determining Best Practices in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis by Comparing Differences in Treatment at Sites in the Canadian Early Arthritis Cohort J Rheumatology. Nov 2013. 40(11):1823-1830; published online before print September 15, 2013, doi:10.3899/jrheum.121316 Nov, 2013.
  7. Widdifield J, Bernatsky, S, Paterson JM, Gunraj N, Thorne JC, Pope J, Cividino A, Bombardier CSerious infections in a population-based cohort of 86,039 seniors with rheumatoid arthritis Vol. 65, No. 3, March 2013, pp 353–361. DOI 10.1002/acr.21812. Arthritis Care & Research (2013). Mar, 2013.
  8. Pope J, Thorne C, Cividino A, Lucas K.Effect of Rheumatologist Education on Systematic Measurements and Treatment Decisions in Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Metrix Study J Rheumatology. Dec 2012. 39(12):2247-2252; published online before print October 15,2012, doi:10.3899/jrheum.120597 Dec, 2012.