Comprehensive Outpatient and Inpatient Services for Rheumatic Diseases
MedStar Washington Hospital Center rheumatologists have a long tradition of providing exceptional patient care, training the next generation of rheumatic disease specialists, and conducting cutting-edge research to develop innovative new treatment approaches.
Because these disorders often are complex and involve more than one organ system, patients benefit from ready access to a host of experts and to holistic patient management. The division works closely with other medical subspecialists to provide expert consultation and state-of-the-art approaches to patient management. This systemic approach to treatment for these multi-organ diseases helps improve patient outcomes, as well as their quality of life.
Inpatient and Outpatient Services
Our specialists provide inpatient care to patients with rheumatologic disorders and are on-call 24-hours-a-day to provide expert consultation to patients throughout MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the region’s busiest referral hospital center.
State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging capabilities, such as angiography, CT angiography, cardiac MRI, PET-CT and 3.0 Tesla MRI, ultrasound, and DEXA screening for bone density are important tools to pinpoint diagnosis. The division also has its own dedicated musculoskeletal ultrasound—the latest in ultrasound technology.
Our medical team provides the full-range of advanced treatment options for patients, including outpatient infusion services for administration of the latest biologic therapies.
Members of the medical team are researchers, who have led numerous investigations of new treatments. They serve as investigators for national studies and as consultants providing their expertise in the design of clinical research.
Our patients benefit from access to participation in ongoing clinical trials of new therapies for a number of rheumatic diseases including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus/ Connective tissue disorders
- Other forms of arthritis and rare autoimmune disorders
The division also offers three unique outpatient clinics that provide comprehensive diagnosis and disease management and that are staffed by rheumatologists with specialized training and experience.
- Arthritis Clinic
- Lupus Clinic
- Rheumatology-Neurology Clinic (For patients with neurologic complications from rheumatic diseases)