About Al Robert Franco M.D.

Al Robert Franco, M.D.

Dr. Franco is a member of the American College of Rheumatology.

The principal aim of his practice is to bring the most comprehensive, caring and up-to-date medical services available to his patients. His innovative treatment of arthritis, using antibiotic therapy and nutritional supplements, has benefited a substantial amount of patients through his forty plus years of rheumatology practice. This therapy has made him one of the leaders in this aspect of the field of rheumatology.

When Dr. Franco finished medical school, he did a medical internship and residency at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Thereafter, he did a rheumatology fellowship at Queens Hospital Center in New York.

Dr. Franco moved to Southern California and joined Kaiser Permanente as an internist/rheumatologist. In 1987, he decided to move into private practice. He started the Arthritis Center of Riverside in January 1988.

His professional memberships include:

American Rheumatism Association, Founding Fellow
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
The Road Back Foundation, Advisory Board


United States Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition
California State Senate Certificate of Recognition.

Research and Scientific Publications:

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

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. Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Microbiology) 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):92-102. Official journal of the American College of Advancement in Medicine

Multiplex PCR for the Detection of Mycoplasma fermentans, M. hominism, and M. penetrans in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Gulf War Syndrome.
Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MT, Al Robert Franco, MD. Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Vol. 5., No. 1999, pp. 187-197