The mission of SPARTAN is foster research and education in spondyloarthritis in the United States. SPARTAN members accomplish this mission by engaging in specific research projects and through an annual meeting, which highlights important education and research programs.

SPARTAN is a network of health care professionals in North America who are dedicated to research, awareness and treatment of spondyloarthritis. SPARTAN is funded through educational grants from companies with an interest in this area of medicine. SPARTAN gratefully acknowledges the Northwest Arthritis and Osteoporosis Institute, which serves as the fiscal agent for SPARTAN.

Message from the Chair


Thank you for your interest in the cause and the mission of ‘Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network’ (SPARTAN). As SPARTAN’s Chair, I wish to welcome you to our website. Since its inception in 2003 with a modest meeting of a few North American rheumatologists in Salt Lake City, SPARTAN has made huge strides in imparting top-notch education while increasing the awareness regarding spondyloarthritis amongst American rheumatologists, as well as conducting and funding pioneering research in this field. Some of SPARTAN’s recent achievements have been the development of treatment guidelines for axial spondyloarthritis along with the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Spondylitis Association of America (SAA), researching the epidemiology of axial spondyloarthritis with the National Health & Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES), and conducting the CME accredited educational symposia along with the Group for the research and assessment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (GRAPPA) in nearly 20 cities around the United States.

SPARTAN is led by a dedicated group of volunteers, the Executive Committee (EC), which runs the day-to-day operations. The Board of Directors, also consisting of volunteers, assists the EC in strategic planning, development and implementation of projects, and deciding the direction the organization takes. I am fortunate to be surrounded by a very talented and dedicated group of rheumatologists who serve on the EC and on the Board. I gratefully acknowledge the support we receive from our association manager and our corporate sponsors.

This website is still in its infancy, so please do visit again to see what has changed, and what has been added. If you would like to become a member of SPARTAN, or would like to sponsor or join our organization as a corporate member, please contact Lisa Morasch, our Association Manager.

Atul Deodhar

Best wishes.
Atul Deodhar, MD

Call for Abstracts:


13th Annual SPARTAN Meeting Call for Trainee/Junior Faculty Abstracts

Deadline for Abstract Submission: May 15, 2015 Noon PST
Submit abstract by email to Lisa Morasch []
Abstracts dealing with one of the topics below can be submitted:
• Genetics and Pathogenesis of Spondyloarthritis
• Imaging in Spondyloarthritis
• Clinical Research in Spondyloarthritis

Please send your application for consideration by committee to the following email address to

No phone calls, please.

Download detailed instructions HERE

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Thank you to our sponsors

Upcoming Events:


Atul Deodhar





July 25-26, 2015
Brown Palace Hotel
Denver, CO

2015 Symposia Schedule:


Register now for these Symposia events at:




SPARTAN-GRAPPA Full Day Symposium

April 11, 2015
CAMLS - Tampa, FL
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Credit: OHSU School of Medicine, Division of CME, designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.




SPARTAN-GRAPPA Evening Symposium
in collaboration with Arthritis Foundation

April 15, 2015
Crowne Plaza Hotel - Seattle, WA
6:30 - 9:30 PM

Credit: OHSU School of Medicine, Division of CME, designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.




SPARTAN-GRAPPA Full Day Symposium

May 30, 2015
Boston, MA
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Credit: OHSU School of Medicine, Division of CME, designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Symposia are also being planned for Atlanta, San Francisco, Columbus, Denver, and Minneapolis

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and NW Arthritis & Osteoporosis Institute. The OHSU School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. There is no charge for medical professionals to attend, but registration is required. There is a registration fee for pharmaceutical representatives to attend. Exhibitor opportunities are available. Contact for more information.