Raised in Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Ursani attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. His interest in molecular biology and genetics prompted him to participate in research and gain exposure to immunology and gene expression which ultimately led to his interest in autoimmunity and the field of Rheumatology.
Dr. Ursani obtained his medical doctorate (MD) at Ross University. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training at the Seton Hall University School of Health Sciences program in South Orange, New Jersey, where he also was chosen to serve as Chief Resident. He then pursued his fellowship training in Rheumatology via the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.
During his time in fellowship, he was chosen as one of the top 40 nationally recognized Rheumatology Fellows in Training to participate in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound training through the Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists (USSONAR). Due to his interest in bone health, he focused his research during fellowship on osteoporosis in patients with a history of breast cancer at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Dr. Ursani is triple board-certified in rheumatology, musculoskeletal ultrasound in rheumatology, and internal medicine.
He serves as faculty member at the University of Houston School of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program and plays an active role in the training of medical residents/trainees. Due to his commitment to continued education in medical practice, teaching and research, he was granted designation as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology (FACR).
Dr. Ursani is also a published author in medical journals. He has given oral presentations at national and international conferences and was recognized with an award in clinical investigation. He has continued his interest in clinical research by staying involved with clinical trials.
Dr. Ursani believes the practice of medicine goes beyond the clinic or hospital. He aims to improve the overall healthcare system and advocating for his patients by playing leadership roles in various academic and public health organizations. He serves as a committee member for the American College of Rheumatology, a physician ambassador for the Harris County Medical Society and also as an alternate delegate for the Texas Medical Association.
Aside from the practice of medicine, Dr. Ursani enjoys running, playing the guitar, reading and spending time with his family.
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, 2011
Residency: Internal Medicine at Seton Hall of Health and Medical Sciences, 2015
Fellowship: Rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine, 2017
Autoimmunity/Immune system dysregulation
Autoimmune related lung fibrosis
Bone health, Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis
Immune Mediated Adverse Reactions
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- Fellowship American College of Physicians (FACP)
- Fellowship American College of Rheumatology (FACR)
- Rheumatic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (RhMSUS)
- Certified Clinical Densitometry (CCD)
- Super Doctors – Texas Rising Stars (2019, 2020)
- Living Magazine Best of Readers’ Choice, Best Rheumatologist (2019, 2020)
- Vasculitis Foundation – Recognizing Excellence Diagnostics (RED) Program Certificate of Appreciation
- Congress of Clinical Rheumatology – Certificate of Achievement for Selected Abstract
- Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences – Honorable Mention in a Clinical Vignette
- American College of Physicians
- American College of Rheumatology
- Harris County Medical Society
- State of Texas Association of Rheumatology
- Texas Medical Association
- Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists
HCA Kingwood Medical Center
Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital
St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital
St. Luke’s Vintage Hospital
- Initial Sjögren’s Manifestations Can Go Beyond Dry Eyes & Mouth
- Pyogenic Arthritis, Pyoderma Gangrenosum, Acne, Suppurative Hidradenitis (PA-PASH) Syndrome: An Atypical Presentation of a Rare Syndrome
- Abstract presented at the American College of Physicians Regional Scientific Meeting in 2015
- Addressing Misconceptions about Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
- New ACR/ARP Committee Members Are Ready to Work
- Rheumatology Education Goes ViRL: New Online Courses Use Interactive Platforms to Engage Fellows
- Specialty Stories Podcast, "A Day In The Life of a Community Rheumatologist"
- Bone Mineral Density at the Time of Initiating Aromatase Inhibitor Therapy is Associated with Decreased Fractures in Women with Breast Cancer (Journal of Bone and Mineral Research)
- Drug-Induced Lupus & ANCA-Associated Vasculitis Overlap