Juan Antonio Aviña-Zubieta

Rheumatology Staff
Degrees / Designations 

MD, MSc, PhD

Mailing Address 
Milan Ilich Arthritis Research Centre 5591 No. 3 Road Richmond, BC V6X 2C7


Academic Appointment 
Associate Professor
Body Locations and Systems 
Other Areas of Research 
Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases (e.g. Lupus)

Born in Mexico, Dr. Antonio Aviña-Zubieta graduated as a Medical Doctor from the University of Guadalajara in 1989. He did his Internal Medicine training from 1990 to 1991 at the University of Guadalajara, and from 1991 to 1993 he pursued a rheumatology fellowship at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM). He has been a National Scientist in Mexico since 1998.

After his formal training in Mexico, Dr. Aviña did a Clinical Research Fellowship at the University of Alberta from 1993 to 1995, and subsequently completed a Master's Degree in Experimental Medicine at the same university in 1997. In 2010, Dr. Aviña received his PhD in Experimental Medicine/Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia and began a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the same university on July 1st of that year.

To start his career as a New Investigator, Dr. Aviña was granted a Network Scholar research training award from the Canadian Arthritis Network and The Arthritis Society. He was also named the first ever BC Lupus Society Scholar (a title he continues to hold). He is also a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research scholar. Dr. Aviña has co-authored more than 115 publications in refereed journals, book chapters and peer reviewed published abstracts, and has given presentations at a number of national and international conferences.