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Education ?

Medical School Score Rankings
University of California at Irvine (1974)
Top 50%
La Co Harbor Ucla Med Ctr (1980) *
* This information was reported to Vitals by the doctor or doctor's office.

Awards & Distinctions ?

Castle Connolly's Top Doctors™ (2012 - 2013)
Patients' Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2012)
Patients' Choice Award (2008 - 2012, 2014)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2009, 2012, 2014)
Arthritis Foundation
American Board of Internal Medicine
National Fibromyalgia Association
National Osteoporosis Foundation
American College of Rheumatology

Affiliations ?

Dr. Dore is affiliated with 2 hospitals.

Hospital Affiliations



  • St. Joseph Hospital - Orange
    1100 W Stewart Dr, Orange, CA 92868
    Top 25%
  • St. Joseph's Hospital - Orange, CA *
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. Dore has contributed to 13 publications.
    Title Effects of Denosumab on Bone Mineral Density and Bone Turnover in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis Receiving Concurrent Glucocorticoids or Bisphosphonates.
    Date June 2010
    Journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

    To report results of subgroup analyses of bone mineral density (BMD) and bone turnover markers from a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase II study of denosumab, an investigational RANKL inhibitor, in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) concurrently receiving treatment with bisphosphonates or glucocorticoids.

    Title Denosumab-mediated Increase in Hand Bone Mineral Density Associated with Decreased Progression of Bone Erosion in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients.
    Date May 2010
    Journal Arthritis Care & Research

    Periarticular osteoporosis is one of the earliest radiographic signs of bone damage in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Denosumab, an investigational fully human monoclonal antibody that binds to RANKL, inhibits bone erosion and systemic bone loss in clinical studies of patients with RA. In this hand bone mineral density (BMD) substudy, we investigated the effects of denosumab on hand BMD and its correlation with hand erosion scores.

    Title Patient Experience with a New Teriparatide Delivery Device.
    Date November 2009
    Journal Current Medical Research and Opinion

    To determine functionality and acceptability of a new teriparatide (Forteo, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN, USA) delivery device by patients with osteoporosis.

    Title The Gout Diagnosis.
    Date November 2008
    Journal Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

    Synovial fluid aspiration and analysis is the gold standard for making the diagnosis of gout but is not always performed when indicated in clinical practice. In clinical situations when joint aspiration simply cannot be performed, a presumptive (or clinical) diagnosis of gout may be made in consultation with published recommendations and criteria from expert societies. A thorough patient history and physical examination are critical to a presumptive diagnosis of gout, as is serum urate measurement at the time of an acute attack and at follow-up 2 weeks later.

    Title Denosumab Treatment Effects on Structural Damage, Bone Mineral Density, and Bone Turnover in Rheumatoid Arthritis: a Twelve-month, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Phase Ii Clinical Trial.
    Date June 2008
    Journal Arthritis and Rheumatism

    OBJECTIVE: RANKL is essential for osteoclast development, activation, and survival. Denosumab is a fully human monoclonal IgG2 antibody that binds RANKL, inhibiting its activity. The aim of this multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase II study was to evaluate the effects of denosumab on structural damage in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) receiving methotrexate treatment. METHODS: RA patients received subcutaneous placebo (n = 75), denosumab 60 mg (n = 71), or denosumab 180 mg (n = 72) injections every 6 months for 12 months. The primary end point was the change from baseline in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) erosion score at 6 months. RESULTS: At 6 months, the increase in the MRI erosion score from baseline was lower in the 60-mg denosumab group (mean change 0.13; P = 0.118) and significantly lower in the 180-mg denosumab group (mean change 0.06; P = 0.007) than in the placebo group (mean change 1.75). A significant difference in the modified Sharp erosion score was observed as early as 6 months in the 180-mg denosumab group (P = 0.019) as compared with placebo, and at 12 months, both the 60-mg (P = 0.012) and the 180-mg (P = 0.007) denosumab groups were significantly different from the placebo group. Denosumab caused sustained suppression of markers of bone turnover. There was no evidence of an effect of denosumab on joint space narrowing or on measures of RA disease activity. Rates of adverse events were comparable between the denosumab and placebo groups. CONCLUSION: Addition of twice-yearly injections of denosumab to ongoing methotrexate treatment inhibited structural damage in patients with RA for up to 12 months, with no increase in the rates of adverse events as compared with placebo.

    Title The Immunogenicity, Safety, and Efficacy of Etanercept Liquid Administered Once Weekly in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
    Date April 2007
    Journal Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology

    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the immunogenicity, safety, and efficacy of 50 mg/mL liquid etanercept. METHODS: In a multicenter, open-label study, adults with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) received 50 mg/mL liquid etanercept subcutaneously once weekly for 24 weeks. Immunogenicity was assessed at baseline and weeks 24 and 28, safety at all study visits, and efficacy at baseline and weeks 12 and 24. RESULTS: Of 222 treated patients, 88% completed the study; 81% were women; 84% were white; mean age was 53 years; mean RA duration was 10 years. Antibodies to etanercept, all non-neutralizing, were detected in 12 of 214 patients; 7 of the 12 were borderline positive (antibody titers <1:50). The presence of non-neutralizing anti-etanercept antibodies did not appear to affect clinical safety or efficacy. Few patients reported serious adverse events (6.3%), serious infections (2.3%), or withdrew because of adverse events (4.5%). Most adverse events were mild or moderate. The most common event, injection site reaction, occurred in 29.3% patients. At week 24, 63% of patients achieved an ACR20 response, 36% an ACR50 response, and 14% an ACR70 response. Similar responses were apparent by week 12. Week 24 mean improvement in the Health Assessment Questionnaire disability index scores was 0.6 points; improvement in the Short Form-36 Physical Component Score was 10.0 points. CONCLUSION: The 50 mg/mL liquid etanercept formulation administered once weekly was well tolerated. The incidence of anti-etanercept antibodies, the nature and frequency of adverse events, and improvements in signs and symptoms of RA and patient physical function were similar to those in previous etanercept studies.

    Title Reduction in the Risk of Developing Back Pain Persists at Least 30 Months After Discontinuation of Teriparatide Treatment: a Meta-analysis.
    Date January 2007
    Journal Osteoporosis International : a Journal Established As Result of Cooperation Between the European Foundation for Osteoporosis and the National Osteoporosis Foundation of the Usa

    INTRODUCTION: Teriparatide [rhPTH (1-34)] reduces fracture risk, and in a published meta-analysis of clinical trials, teriparatide-treated patients had reduced incidence of back pain relative to placebo or to antiresorptive drugs. The aim of this study was to evaluate back pain in teriparatide-treated versus comparator-treated patients during an interval including controlled clinical trials plus 30 months of additional follow-up. METHODS: A meta-analysis of four completed randomized, double-blinded trials of teriparatide [rhPTH (1-34)] versus comparator was performed. A multivariate Cox proportional hazards model was used to assess the heterogeneity of results and to estimate the relative risk of back pain. RESULTS: Patients in the pooled teriparatide group had reduced risk for any back pain [relative risk, 0.73 (95% CI, 0.61-0.87)], moderate or severe back pain [0.72 (0.58-0.89)], and severe back pain [0.39 (0.25-0.61)] compared with pooled controls, from initiation of the study drug through the end of follow-up. Sensitivity analysis showed that the results were robust to the removal of each individual trial from the meta-analysis. Separate meta-analyses comparing teriparatide versus placebo or antiresorptive drugs gave similar results. CONCLUSIONS: Teriparatide-treated patients had a reduced incidence of back pain versus those receiving a comparator during an observation encompassing clinical trials plus 30 months of posttreatment observation.

    Title Reduced Risk of Back Pain Following Teriparatide Treatment: a Meta-analysis.
    Date August 2006
    Journal Osteoporosis International : a Journal Established As Result of Cooperation Between the European Foundation for Osteoporosis and the National Osteoporosis Foundation of the Usa

    Vertebral fractures are the most common osteoporotic fracture and may result in back pain with functional limitations and diminished quality of life. Teriparatide [rhPTH (1-34)] has been shown to increase bone mass and reduce the risk of vertebral and other osteoporotic fractures. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of teriparatide on the risk of back pain in patients with osteoporosis. A systematic review of the literature was performed, and five trials were identified and included in our analyses. All trials were randomized, double-blinded, and parallel with either new vertebral fracture (n=1) or bone mineral density as the primary endpoint (n=4). Four studies were in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, and one was in men with idiopathic or hypogonadal osteoporosis. Two trials were placebo controlled, two trials were alendronate controlled, and one trial involved teriparatide plus hormone replacement therapy versus hormone replacement therapy alone. Reports of back pain, defined as new or worsened back pain after initiating the study drug, were obtained from adverse event databases, and the risk of back pain was analyzed using a multivariate Cox proportional hazards model. Results were not statistically heterogeneous (P=0.60) across trials, and there were no differences between groups administered teriparatide 20 or 40 mcg/day doses (P=0.64). The rates of back pain, moderate or severe back pain, and severe back pain per 100 patient-years were numerically lower in the teriparatide versus comparator groups in each study. Compared with the pooled comparator, patients in the pooled teriparatide group had reduced risk for any back pain [relative risk, 0.66 (95% CI, 0.55-0.80)], moderate or severe back pain [relative risk, 0.60 (95% CI, 0.48-0.75)] and severe back pain [relative risk, 0.44 (95% CI, 0.28-0.68)]. Separate meta-analyses comparing teriparatide versus placebo or antiresorptive drugs gave similar results. In conclusion, patients randomized to teriparatide had a reduced risk of new or worsening back pain compared to patients randomized to placebo, hormone replacement therapy or alendronate.

    Title Osteoporosis in the Elderly: a Clinical Perspective of Current and Future Therapies.
    Date January 2004
    Journal Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
    Title A Randomized Double-blind Trial to Compare the Efficacy of Teriparatide [recombinant Human Parathyroid Hormone (1-34)] with Alendronate in Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis.
    Date October 2002
    Journal The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

    Teriparatide (rDNA origin) injection [recombinant human PTH (1-34)] stimulates bone formation, increases bone mineral density (BMD), and restores bone architecture and integrity. In contrast, bisphosphonates reduce bone resorption and increase BMD. We compared the effects of teriparatide and alendronate sodium on BMD, nonvertebral fracture incidence, and bone turnover in 146 postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Women were randomized to either once-daily sc injections of teriparatide 40 micro g plus oral placebo (n = 73) or oral alendronate 10 mg plus placebo injection (n = 73). Median duration of treatment was 14 months. At 3 months, teriparatide increased lumbar spine BMD significantly more than did alendronate (P < 0.001). Lumbar spine-BMD increased by 12.2% in the teriparatide group and 5.6% in the alendronate group (P < 0.001 teriparatide vs. alendronate). Teriparatide increased femoral neck BMD and total body bone mineral significantly more than did alendronate, but BMD at the one third distal radius decreased, compared with alendronate (P < or = 0.05). Nonvertebral fracture incidence was significantly lower in the teriparatide group than in the alendronate group (P < 0.05). Both treatments were well tolerated despite transient mild asymptomatic hypercalcemia with teriparatide treatment. In conclusion, teriparatide, a bone formation agent, increased BMD at most sites and decreased nonvertebral fractures more than alendronate.

    Title Cevimeline for the Treatment of Xerostomia in Patients with Sjögren Syndrome: a Randomized Trial.
    Date June 2002
    Journal Archives of Internal Medicine

    BACKGROUND: Cevimeline hydrochloride is a cholinergic agent with muscarinic agonist activity prominently affecting the M1 and M3 receptors prevalent in exocrine glands. We evaluated the safety and efficacy of cevimeline in the treatment of xerostomia in patients with Sjögren syndrome. METHODS: Seventy-five patients with Sjögren syndrome and associated salivary gland dysfunction were enrolled in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial at 8 university- and office-based outpatient clinical facilities in the United States. Eligible study participants were randomized to receive 30 mg of cevimeline 3 times daily, 60 mg of cevimeline 3 times daily, or placebo for 6 weeks. Subjective responses were determined using global patient evaluation and visual analog scales. Salivary flow was measured objectively. RESULTS: Sixty-one participants completed the study. Patients in both cevimeline groups had significant improvements in dry mouth, as indicated by symptoms, salivary flow, and use of artificial saliva, compared with the placebo group. The drug was generally well tolerated, with expected adverse events resulting from the drug's muscarinic agonist action. Fourteen patients withdrew from the study because of adverse events, the most frequent being nausea. CONCLUSIONS: Therapy with cevimeline, 30 mg 3 times daily, seems to be well tolerated and to provide substantive relief of xerostomia symptoms. Although both dosages of cevimeline provided symptomatic improvement, 60 mg 3 times daily was associated with an increase in the occurrence of adverse events, particularly gastrointestinal tract disorders. Use of 30 mg of cevimeline provides a new option for the treatment of xerostomia in Sjögren syndrome.

    Title The Present and Future Adequacy of Rheumatology Manpower. A Study of Health Care Needs and Physician Supply.
    Date November 1991
    Journal Arthritis and Rheumatism
    Title Generalized Morphea with Peripheral Eosinophilia, Fasciitis and Myositis.
    Date September 1980
    Journal International Journal of Dermatology

    The distinctions between eosinophilic fascitis (Shulman's syndrome) and scleroderma may sometimes be unclear. We describe a patient with generalized morphea who also had peripheral blood eosinophilia, fibrosis and inflammation of fascia, and hyper-globulinemia, features usually attributed to Shulman's syndrome. The latter diagnosis should be restricted to those patients whose history, clinical and laboratory findings, and response to therapy closely resemble Shulman's original description. Scleroderma and eosinophilic fasciitis may represent slightly differing aspects of the same disease spectrum, with a similar immunologic pathogenesis.

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