Grand Valley Rheumatology







603 28 1/4 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Phone: (970) 644-3840
Fax: (970) 644-3916

Grand Valley Rheumatology specializes in the diagnosis and management of autoimmune diseases.
We focus on patient-centered care, making use of cutting-edge diagnostics in collaboration with other subspecialists and primary care physicians.

Richard Zogala, MD

Dr. Richard J. Zogala earned his bachelor degree in Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He earned his Medical Degree in Europe at Charles University First Faculty of Medicine, Prague, Czech Republic. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Lankenau Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his fellowship in Rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He subsequently completed a research fellowship at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Zogala first developed an interest for Rheumatology in his undergraduate years. During his residency this interest developed into a passion and led him to Baylor where he acquired expertise in autoimmune and rheumatic diseases. While at M.D. Anderson Dr. Zogala coauthored a number of publications and learned to effectively manage patients’ autoimmune diseases in the setting of current or previous malignancy.

“It was initially the challenge of piecing together disparate, and sometimes seemingly disconnected and puzzling bits of information to come up with a solution, that led me to rheumatology, but my patients are the reason I love my chosen field,” said Dr. Zogala.
We offer diagnosis and management of rheumatic illnesses including:
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Sjögren’s Syndrome

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica

  • Spondyloarthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease associated arthritis

  • Inflammatory Myositis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Polymyositis
  • Systemic Sclerosis (Scleroderma)

  • Vasculitis
  • Giant cell arteritis / Temporal arteritis
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (Wegner’s)
  • Eosinophillic Granulomatosus with Polyangiitis (Churg Strauss)
  • Other vasculitidies

  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon

  • Gout and Pseudogout

  • Autoimmune related interstitial lung disease

  • Osteoporosis

  • Osteoarthritis

  • All other aspects of Rheumatology
  • Publications

    Lopez-Olivo, Maria & Negrón, José & Zogala, Richard & Carmona, Loreto & Criner, Karla & Goel, Niti & Gonzalez-Lopez, Laura & Ingegnoli, Francesca & Leong, Amye & March, Lyn & Shea, Beverly & Strand, Vibeke & Tugwell, Peter & Westrich-Robertson, Tiffany & Zamora, Natalia & Christensen, Robin & Suarez-Almazor, Maria. (2019). Core Outcome Sets Specifically for Longterm Observational Studies: OMERACT Special Interest Group Update in Rheumatoid Arthritis. The Journal of Rheumatology. 46. jrheum.181076. 10.3899/jrheum.181076.

    Zogala, Richard & Goutsouliak, Kristina & Suarez-Almazor, Maria. (2017). Management Considerations in Cancer Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis. Oncology (Williston Park, N.Y.). 31. 374-80.

    Sfeir, Jad & Zogala, Richard & Popii, Violeta. (2015). Hypercalcemia in Necrobiotic Xanthogranuloma: First Reported Case and Insight on Treatment.