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Delamo I. Bekele, M.B.B.S.

  1. Internist
  2. Rheumatologist



  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Dr. Bekele is a clinical rheumatologist with a focus on inflammatory arthritis and vasculitis while nurturing interests in research and medical education encompassing the three shields.

His clinical practice is focused on:

  • Diagnosis and management of inflammatory arthritis: rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, axial and peripheral spondyloarthritis, gout, and calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease.
  • Polymyalgia rheumatic and systemic vasculitis.
  • Sarcoidosis and other rare systemic autoimmune disorders.
  • Evaluation and treatment of extra-articular manifestations of systemic autoimmune disease including inflammatory eye disease, interstitial lung disease.

In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Bekele has research interests/is involved in epidemiology and therapeutics of rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthritis, exploring the interplay between rheumatic and hematologic diseases.

He is interested in medical education and is currently taking courses with future plans of teaching rheumatology to medical students, residents and fellows and pursuing a diploma/masters in health professional education.

He is also interested in service and has served on committees for the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and Spondyloarthritis Treatment Network (SPARTAN).

  1. Joint injection
  2. Ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal injection
  • Spondyloarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Extra-articular manifestations of rheumatic diseases, (including eye and lung involvement)
  • Hematology/rheumatology overlap
  • Vasculitis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Rheumatic care of ethnic minorities
  • Medical education
  1. 2020
    FellowRheumatology, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. 2020
    Fellowship - Rheumatology (3-Year)Mayo Clinic
  3. 2017
    Assistant Chief ResidentHoward University Hospital
  4. 2017
    Internship/Residency - Internal Medicine ResidencyHoward University Hospital
  5. 2010
    MB BS - Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of SurgeryUniversity of the West Indies, Faculty of Medicine
  6. 2008
    B. Med. Sc. - With HonoursFaculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies


  1. 2019
    RheumatologyAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  2. 2017
    Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine

Awards and honors

  1. 2020
    Philip S. Hench Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Subspecialty Fellow in RheumatologyMayo Clinic Department of Medicine
  2. 2017
    Most Outstanding PGY3 ResidentHoward University Hospital
  3. 2016
    Most Outstanding PGY2 Internal Medicine ResidentHoward University Hospital
  4. 2016
    Member of Howard University Medical Jeopardy team that won 3rd place at the ACP DC Chapter meetingACP
  5. 2016
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences and Overall Winner at Howard University Research Week 2016Howard University
  6. 2015
    Recipient of Outstanding Professionalism Award Howard University Hospital

Professional memberships

  1. 2023 - 2025
    Task forceAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  2. 2021 - present
    Associate MemberSpondyloarthritis Research & Treatment Network (SPARTAN)
  3. 2020 - present
    MemberFellowship Interview Committee, Department of Rheumatology
  4. 2020 - present
    Member, Communication CommitteeSpondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network (SPARTAN)
  5. 2020 - present
    FellowAmerican College of Rheumatology
  6. 2020 - present
    MemberInflammatory Arthritis Group, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine
  7. 2019 - 2020
    Committee MemberAmerican College of Rheumatology Health and Information Technology Committee
  8. 2018 - 2019
    Fellow in Training Member, Annual Meeting Planning CommitteeAmerican College of Rheumatology
  9. 2017 - 2018
    MemberConnective Tissue Disease Subspecialty Group, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine
  10. 2017 - present
    MemberMinnesota Medical Assocation
  11. 2017 - present
    MemberEducation Committee, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine
  12. 2017 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Physicians