Providence VA Medical Center- Brown University

  Anthony M. Reginato, PhD, MD

 (Acting Chief)




Dr. Reginato received both his PhD degree in anatomy and structural biology and medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his Internal Medicine training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Rheumatology fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After completing his rheumatology training, he joined the faculty in the Division of Rheumatology at MGH. He brings a wealth of experience in teaching and research in the areas of cartilage biology, crystal diseases and application of musculoskeletal ultrasound to rheumatic diseases to the program. He has particular clinical interest in diagnostic imaging in early rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis and crystal diseases.

  Joanne Szczygiel Cunha, MD





Dr. Cunha earned her Bachelor of Science at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, City College of New York and her medical degree at Albany Medical College. She completed her Internal Medicine training and Rheumatology fellowship at The Warren Alpert School of Brown University. After completing her training, Dr. Cunha has joined the Division of Rheumatology at Brown University and the Providence VA Medical Center. Her clinical and research interests include psoriatic arthritis, crystal diseases, scleroderma and musculoskeletal ultrasound.

  Laura Amorese-O'Connell, MD





Dr. Amorese-O’Connell graduated from Zulia University Medical School in Venezuela. Afterwards, she worked as a research fellow at the Uveitis Foundation and Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institute in Cambridge, MA. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and became chief medical resident at North Shore Medical Center in Salem, MA. Dr. Amorese-O’Connell completed Rheumatology fellowship at The Warren Alpert School of Brown University. In her spare time she enjoys spinning/cycling classes and spending family time with her twin boys and husband.  

Iulia Grillo, MD

Dr. Grillo graduated from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Romania. She completed her Family Medicine residency in Romania and then went on to finish her Internal Medicine residency in Danbury CT. She is a graduate of the Roger Williams Medical Center/Boston University Rheumatology fellowship. She currently serves as Chief of Rheumatology at Memorial Hospital in RI and also works at the Providence VA Medical Center as well as Women & Infants hospital. She also has a private rheumatology practice in Barrington, RI. Her interests include management of rheumatic conditions during pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis and IgG4 diseases.