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Peter A. Simkin, M.D.


Emeritus Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
American College of Rheumatology Master

1959 NE Pacific Street
Box 356428
Seattle, WA 98195-6428

Phone: 206-543-3414
Fax: 206-685-9397

Email: psimkin@uw.edu




  • B.A., Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, 1957
  • M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1961
  • Residency in Medicine, North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC, 1961-63
  • Residency in Medicine, University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH, 1965-66
  • Fellowship in Rheumatology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1966-69




Peter Simkin studies the pathophysiology and management of gouty arthritis as well as the structure and function of the synorium, cartilage and bone in healthy and diseased joints. Read more about his research here...




  • Simkin PA, Snitily BK. Impact-driven, pulmonary emboli of osseous fat in exercise-induced bronchospasm. Med Hypotheses. 2015 Nov;85(5):694-8. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2015.08.014. Epub 2015 Aug 28.PMID: 26328480


  • Simkin PA. Response to 'interspinous bursitis is common in polymyalgia rheumatica, but is not associated with spinal pain'.Arthritis Res Ther. 2015 Apr 28;17:111. doi: 10.1186/s13075-015-0620-7. No abstract available. PMID: 25927338


  • Simkin PA. Consider the Tidemark. J Rheumatol. 2012 May; 39(5): 890-2.


  • Simkin PA, Bassett JE. Pathways of Microvascular Permeability in the Synovium of Normal and Diseased Human Knees. J Rheumatol. 2011 Dec; 38(12): 2635-42. Epub 2011 Nov 1.


  • Mandell BF, Edwards NL, Pile JC, Simkin, PA, Sunday JS: Preventing and Treating Acute Gout Attacks Across the Clinical Spectrum: A Roundtable Discussion. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. 2010 Jun; 77(2): S2-S25.


  • Simkin, PA: Rethinking the physiology of articular cartilage. J Clin Rheum. 2009 Aug;15(5): 260-3.


  • Simkin PA: Pressure-driven intravasation of osseous fat. Pain in Osteoarthritis. Felson D, Schaible H (Ed), pp 175-183, 2009.


  • Simkin, PA: A biography of the chondrocyte. Ann Rheum Dis 2008; 67:1064-1068.


  • Rosenthal AR, Fahey M, Gohr G, Burner T, Konon I, Daft L, Mattson E, Hirschmugl C, Ryan LM, Simkin P: Feasibility of a tetracycline-binding method for detecting synovial fluid basic calcium phosphate crystals. Arthritis Rheum 58: 3270-3274. 2008.


  • Simkin PA, Gardner GC. Musculoskeletal System and Joint Physiology. In: Rheumatology. Hochberg M et al Ed, 4th Edition, London, Elsevier, pp 33-43, 2008.


  • Simkin PA: Fluid dynamics of the joint space and trafficking of matrix products. In: Dynamics of Bone and Cartilage Metabolism, 2nd ed. Seibel MJ, Robbins SP, & Bilezekian JP (eds). San Diego, Academic Press, pp 451-456, 2006.


  • Simkin PA: Physiologic Aspects of Urate Homeostasis. In: Cyrstal-Induced Arthropathies, R. Wortmann, H.R. Schumacher, Jr., M. Becker, L. Ryans (eds.), Taylor and Francis, pp 255-277, 2006.



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