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The Division of Rheumatology
The Division of Rheumatology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital deals primarily with the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Our mission is the prevention, cure and relief of suffering from arthritis and rheumatic diseases, providing patient-centered, integrated care guided by research-based evidence.
Our practice of integrating clinical care with leading-edge research in every area of rheumatology puts us shoulder-to-shoulder with the world's most renowned hospitals. Our program is one of 8 centers in the United States funded by a Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Centers (MCRC) (P60) grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. The arthritis center's multidisciplinary team diagnoses and treats arthritic, rheumatic and autoimmune disorders.
Chicago Magazine rated our rheumatologists among the list of the “Best Doctors in Chicago.” Additionally, U.S. News & World Report rated us as one of the top 13 best hospitals in the United States for rheumatology.
The Rheumatology staff consults with colleagues in Orthopaedic Surgery and Physical Rehabilitation Medicine to provide the best possible patient care. We offer special expertise in diagnosing and treating:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Systematic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
- The management of rheumatic diseases during pregnancy
- Gout and other crystal-induced arthropathies
- Sjögren’s syndrome
Because rheumatology involves more than just one organ system, our rheumatology staff consults with pulmonary, cardiology and nephrology specialists, as well as colleagues in orthopaedic surgery and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Our staff also works closely with dermatology specialists in areas such as psoriasis, lupus and many other diseases that have important skin manifestations.
Current initiatives of the Division of Rheumatology include:
- A highly competitive, nationally renowned training program for rheumatology fellows
- An active translational research program linking laboratory research with patient care
- Close collaborations with pharmaceutical companies and other research sponsors to develop more effective therapies