Profile of: A. Robert Franco MD

Dr. Franco is a Fellow of The American College of Rheumatology.

His innovative treatment of Arthritis, using Antibiotic Therapy, has made him one of the leaders in this aspect of the field of Rheumatology today.

To learn more about the origin of Dr. Franco's insight, click here.

The principal aim of his practice is to bring the most comprehensive, caring and up-to-date medical services available to his patients.

Dr. Franco is involved in lecturing, teaching, and research in the area of his specialty.

Education and Affiliations

Medical School:

Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos,  Lima, Peru
Medical Internships: Hospital Central Del Seguro Social del Empleado,  Lima, Peru
Medical Residency: Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore Maryland
Rheumatology Fellowship: Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens at Queens Hospital Center,  Jamaica, New York
Medical Practice: Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Group Practice-Fontana, California
Medical Director - Arthritis Center of Riverside-Riverside, California
Laboratory Director-Arthritis Center of Riverside-Riverside, California
Professional Membership: Founding Fellow of the American Rheumatism Association
Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology
International Society for Extremity MRI in Rheumatology (ISEMIR)
American College of Physicians
California Medical Association
Riverside Medical Association
American Association for Clinical Chemistry
California Academy of Physician Assistants
The Road Back Foundation, Advisory Board
Teaching Appointments:
Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine/Rheumatology
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Western University of Health Sciences. Pomona, California
Awards: United States Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition
California State Senate Certificate of Recognition, 2001.
Research and Publications:

Role of Mycoplasmal Infections in Fatigue Illnesses: Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Syndromes, Gulf War Illness and Rheumatoid Arthritis.  G.L. Nicolson, PhD, M.Y. Nasralla, PhD, A. R. Franco, MD, K. De Meirleir, MD, N. L. Nicolson PhD, R Ngwenya, MD, and J Haier, MD, PhD, (Minireview-Microbiology) J. Chronic Fatigue Sydr.. 2000; 6(3/4) 23-39

Diagnosis and Integrative Treatment of Intracellular Bacterial Infections in Chronic Illnesses: Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Syndromes, Gulf War Illness, Rheumatoid Arthritis and other Chronic Illnesses.  Garth L. Nicolson, PhD, Marwan Y. Nasralla, PhD, A. Robert Franco, MD, Nancy L. Nicolson, PhD, Robert Erwin, MD, Richard Ngwenya, MD, and Paul A. Berns, MD. Clinical Practice of Alternative Medicine 2000; 1 (2):  42-102 (Official  Journal of the American College of Advancement in Medicine)

Multiplex PCR for the detection of Mycoplasma Fermentans, M. Hominis, and M. Penetrans in patients with Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gulf War Syndrome.  Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MT, Al Robert Franco, MD Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Vol. 5., No. ¾. 1999, pp. 187-197

Detection of Mycoplasmal Infections in Blood of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  J. Haier, M. Nasralla, A. R. Franco and G. L. Nicolson Rheumatology 1999; 38:504-509
(Official Journal of The British Society for Rheumatology)

Clinical Drug Trials on Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis.  New York 1978-1979  Cooperated with Dr. William A. D’Angelo as a Fellow in Rheumatology in the following four research projects which have been presented at scientific meetings and/or published in ARA Criteria for Scleroderma Subcommittee.  Clinical Criteria for Early Diagnosed Systemic Sclerosis (SS):  Preliminary Results of the ARA Multicenter Cooperative Study. (Abstr.) Arthritis and Rheumatism. 21:576, 1978

Prevalence of Scleroderma Capillary Abnormalities in Connective Tissue Diseases. (Abstr.) Arthritis and Rheumatism. 21:576, 1978

Diagnosis Potential of In Vivo Capillary Examination for Scleroderma (Systemic Sclerosis) and Related Disorders Study of Prevalence of Camptodactilia and Clinodactilia as a genetic marker in patients with Connective Tissue Diseases and their Relatives.

Personal Information:

Dr. Franco is married and has four children. 
He is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Italian.




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     *The information in this website is not intended to replace a rheumatology textbook nor be a complete update of the rheumatology scientific literature.  It should not be misconstrued as personal medical advice.  Rather, it portrays Dr. Al Robert Franco's interests in the field of rheumatology, namely, the interrelationship between infections and rheumatic diseases and how this applies to the treatment of arthritis.