Stratos Christianakis, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Clinician Educator)

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Dr. Christianakis’ clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis, systemic lupus, vasculitis, and inflammatory myositis. His clinical research interests include ocular autoimmune diseases, spondyloarthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. He is currently co-managing the once monthly Rheum-Derm Clinic.

Dr. Christianakis earned his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine, and after internal medicine residency at Huntington Hospital, he then went on to complete his rheumatology fellowship at LAC+USC Medical Center.


  • Arthritis Foundation – Jingle Bell Run: Medical Honoree, 2017
  • ACR: Scholars in Autoimmunity, 2008
  • Huntington Hospital: Helen Drake Smetz Award Outstanding Resident, 2003
  • USC: Deans, Golden State, Town & Gown Scholar, 1995


  • Clinical Images: Degos-like lesions in association with NXP-2 dermatomyositis ACR Open Rheumatol. 2023 Sep; 5(9):435. . View in PubMed
  • The Mushroom Femoral Head in Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease J Clin Rheumatol. 2023 06 01; 29(4):e57. . View in PubMed
  • Treatment of Elephantiasic Pretibial Myxedema With Rituximab Therapy Cutis. 2022 02; 109(2):E16-E18. . View in PubMed
  • Diffuse Calcinosis Cutis J Clin Rheumatol. 2022 12 01; 28(8):e703. . View in PubMed
  • Dysphagia Due to Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis J Clin Rheumatol. 2022 12 01; 28(8):e707-e708. . View in PubMed
  • Increased Cathepsin S activity associated with decreased protease inhibitory capacity contributes to altered tear proteins in Sjögren’s Syndrome patients Sci Rep. 2018 07 23; 8(1):11044. . View in PubMed
  • Diagnosis of latent tuberculosis infection with T-SPOT(®)TB in a predominantly immigrant population with rheumatologic disorders. Lung. 2015 Feb; 193(1):3-11. . View in PubMed
  • Tear cathepsin S as a candidate biomarker for Sjögren’s syndrome Arthritis Rheumatol. 2014 Jul; 66(7):1872-81. . View in PubMed

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