Patient Care

Rheumatologists are experts in treating arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Rheumatologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat inflammatory diseases of the joints and soft tissues (tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones), and care for patients with arthritis, gout, tendonitis and a variety of other joint and connective tissue disorders.

Inflammation of the joints, muscles and other soft tissues are caused by wear and tear, infection, or disorders of the immune system, called autoimmune diseases. These latter conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, polymyositis, polymyalgia rheumatica, and many forms of vasculitis. Recent advancements in understanding the causes of arthritis led to the introduction of new medications that revolutionized the treatment of many debilitating joint diseases.

Our Team

Hiroshi Kato, MD

Hiroshi Kato, MD
Appointed 10/11/11
Women's Health Network
8310 Weiskotten Hall
766 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-3836

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Medicine: Rheumatology

Research Programs and Affiliations

  • Biomedical Sciences Program
  • Medicine


Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2011, Rheumatology
  • Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, 2008, Internal Medicine
  • Residency: Kasumigaura Medical Center, Tsuchiura, 2005, Internal Medicine
  • Residency: Keio University Hospital, Tokyo, 2004, Internal Medicine
  • MD: Keio University Hospital, Tokyo, 2002

Clinical Interests

  • Application of cytokine-blocking therapy to systemic rheumatic diseases

Education Interests

  • I am interested in teaching the methods of clinical reasoning whenever I interact with medical students or physicians in training. 

Research Interests

  • Cytokine-signaling pathways regulating Treg development and function in SLE

Specialties & Certification

  • Internal Medicine
  • Rheumatology

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dry Eye Syndrome
  • Immune Abnormalities
  • Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM)
  • Infections of Bones and Joints
  • Lyme Disease
  • Mononeuritis multiplex
  • Nervous System Vascular Lesions
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
  • Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis
  • Polymyosits
  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Septic Arthritis
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE)
  • Tendonitis


  • Adults


  • Immunization
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Steroid Injections

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital
  • Crouse Hospital
  • VA Medical Center

Languages Spoken (Other Than English)

  • Japanese
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