Rheumatologists at Mayo Clinic work in a team environment to provide state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases that primarily affect the body's musculoskeletal system — joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments. These conditions are known collectively as systemic rheumatic diseases. Rheumatologic disorders may also affect the blood vessels, skin, nerves and most internal organs.
At Mayo Clinic, rheumatologists collaborate closely with physician experts in many specialties, depending upon the nature of the rheumatologic disorder. They also work closely with your local doctor to ensure a smooth transition in your care when appropriate. This multidisciplinary teamwork ensures you receive seamless care that addresses all of your individual, specific health needs.
Mayo Clinic rheumatologists see in excess of 31,000 unique patients each year, evaluating more than 100 types of arthritis and all forms of vasculitis, autoimmune connective tissue diseases, and inflammatory muscle diseases. Among these disorders are commonly known conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, spondyloarthritis, crystalline arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and scleroderma.
Mayo Clinic's Division of Rheumatology has a long history of exceptional care. In the 1920's, the first organized training program in rheumatic diseases for physicians was developed at Mayo Clinic. A few decades later, Mayo Clinic rheumatologist and division chair, Dr. Philip S. Hench, shared the Nobel Prize for helping discover the beneficial effects of cortisone in rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr. Hench's tradition of research prevails today as Mayo Clinic rheumatologists and scientists conduct research from its earliest stages of discovery through the clinical trials process, where the newest technologies, medicines and procedures are tested to ensure safety and effectiveness.
Mayo Clinic instills those traditions in the next generation of rheumatologists through residency and fellowship programs, in which physicians learn to treat the person comprehensively using the most advanced therapies available. Rheumatologists trained at Mayo Clinic practice around the world.
Mayo Clinic's combination of clinical, research and education efforts means you receive the best possible rheumatologic care.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report.