The Division of Rheumatology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona offers the following medical services:

  • Outpatient rheumatology consultations
  • Collaborative evaluations incorporating Mayo doctors from other specialties
  • Access to state-of-the-art Mayo laboratory, imaging and pathology services
  • A shared electronic medical record, instantly accessible to all Mayo doctors, that contains all consultation reports, laboratory results, radiology and procedure reports
  • Outpatient specialty care for patients with chronic rheumatic diseases
  • Hospital consultations
  • Injection Clinic
  • Graduate medical education of other doctors

Common disorders treated

  • Gout and pseudogout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Raynaud's disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seronegative inflammatory arthritis
  • Spondylitis disorders (ankylosing spondylitis and related conditions)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)

Rarer disorders treated

  • Dermatomyositis
  • Eosinophilic fasciitis
  • Polymyositis
  • Relapsing polychondritis
  • Systemic sclerosis (scleroderma)
  • Vasculitis
    • Temporal/Giant cell arteritis
    • Wegener's granulomatosis
    • Polyarteritis nodosa
    • Microscopic polyangiitis
    • Churg-Strauss syndrome
    • Takayasu arteritis
    • Polyarteritis nodosa
    • Microscopic polyangiitis
    • Churg-Strauss syndrome

Special expertise

Systemic sclerosis (scleroderma)

Doctors from several specialties at Mayo Clinic collaborate to provide for people affected by scleroderma (systemic sclerosis) and associated disorders such as Raynaud's disease.

Benefits of the scleroderma service include:

  • Complete care at one location
  • Coordinated and expedited multispecialty evaluation as necessary
  • Comprehensive workups
  • Consultations with specialists in dermatology, gastroenterology, pulmonary medicine, cardiology and other areas
  • Opportunity to participate in clinical trials investigating new treatments and the cause of scleroderma


Doctors with special interest and expertise in diagnosing and treating vasculitis disorders provide consultative services including:

  • Re-evaluation of current diagnosis and treatment
  • Reinterpretation of biopsy specimens by Mayo pathologists
  • Consultation with Mayo specialists in the related fields of vascular medicine, dermatology, pulmonary medicine, nephrology, neurology and gastroenterology
  • Highest-quality CT and MR angiography and radiology interpretation
  • Thorough discussion of the diagnosis and treatment recommendations

Polymyositis and dermatomyositis

The diagnosis and treatment of these uncommon disorders is provided by Mayo rheumatologists using:

  • Review of muscle biopsy specimens by pathologists dedicated to muscle diseases
  • Muscle biopsy and pathologic diagnosis when required
  • Diagnostic electromyography
  • MR imaging of muscles if indicated
  • Consultation with specialists in neurology, dermatology or other specialties as needed
  • Thorough discussion of the diagnosis and treatment recommendations

Systemic lupus erythematosus

Mayo rheumatologists coordinate the evaluation of this multisystem disorder by incorporating:

  • Careful review of symptoms, physical findings and laboratory data
  • Confirmation of immunology tests used to diagnose lupus and related conditions
  • Review of previous biopsy specimens
  • Biopsy of skin and kidney and pathologic diagnosis when required
  • Consultation with specialists in dermatology, nephrology and hematology, when indicated
  • Thorough discussion of the diagnosis and treatment recommendations

Spondylitis disorders

Mayo rheumatologists use different approaches to diagnose and treat distinct spondylitis disorders including:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis — Accurate history and physical examination, diagnostic CT and MR imaging, laboratory confirmation, rehabilitation services
  • Psoriatic arthritis — Dermatology consultation and diagnosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease-associated spondylitis — Gastroenterology consultation, endoscopic examination and biopsy when indicated and MR and CT enterography when required
  • Thorough discussion of the diagnosis and treatment recommendations