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The Department of Rheumatology provides a full range of services - including joint injections, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and infusion therapies – for arthritis and systemic rheumatic autoimmune diseases, including scleroderma, lupus, inflammatory arthritis, spondyloarthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout. For all conditions, our rheumatologists work closely with providers in other departments to ensure you receive the best care possible, for all aspects of your health.
Our department includes specific programs for several conditions, including the largest scleroderma program in New England and a lupus program that offers multidisciplinary care in conjunction with a variety of specialists.
A BMC clinical pharmacist works closely with our doctors and patients to ensure that you have all the information you need about your medications and that medication interactions are minimized. We can also help you navigate the insurance process, so you can get joint-saving treatment safely and without delay. Our BMC Infusion Suite provides patients with the utmost privacy, comfort, and convenience.
Our rheumatologists are actively engaged in research and have led development of national treatment guidelines in osteoarthritis, gout, and spondyloarthritis. We provide many opportunities for patients to participate in clinical trials.
6th Floor, Suite 6B
Shapiro Center 617.638.7460
Conditions We Treat
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common type of autoimmune arthritis. It is caused when the immune system (the body’s defense system) is not working properly. RA causes pain and swelling in the wrist and small joints of the hand and feet. Treatments for RA can stop joint pain and swelling, as well as prevent joint damage.
Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease that causes the skin and internal organs to harden.
Gout is the most common inflammatory arthritis. If you have intensely painful, swollen joints (most often in the big toe or other part of the foot) and/or bouts of arthritis that come and go, it may be gout. Gout is diagnosed by examining the fluid in affected joints.
Lupus is a multisystem autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks normal, healthy tissue. This can cause damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lung, and blood.
Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic inflammatory arthritis that typically occurs in people with skin psoriasis. However, it can also occur in people without skin psoriasis, particularly in those who have relatives with psoriasis. It is a form of spondyloarthritis, which means it is a type of arthritis that can cause inflammation of the spine.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis worldwide. In people with osteoarthritis, the body’s ability to repair joints can’t keep up with joint damage. This eventually involves all joint tissues and leads to a loss of cartilage and bone changes. The tissue damage cannot be reversed, but symptoms can be effectively managed.
Vasculitis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of blood vessels. This can limit blood flow, which can have severe effects on organs and even be life-threatening. The disease can be long-term (chronic) or short-term (acute), and can affect one organ, or several. There are many different types of vasculitis. Some require medications to keep the disease under control, while others may improve without treatment. Most types of vasculitis are rare.
The inflammatory myopathies (dermatomyositis and polymyositis) are autoimmune diseases that target the muscles. This leads to weakness and elevated levels of creatine kinase (CK), a type of protein. Patients with dermatomyositis often have skin rashes that can be disfiguring and very sensitive to sun exposure. Patients with inflammatory myositis often have other autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and scleroderma.
BMC rheumatologists offer diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of additional rheumatic diseases, and work with specialists in many other fields to provide state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care.
Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA
Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA
Ankylosing spondylitis, Psoriatic arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Gout, Osteoarthritis
Scleroderma and connective tissue disease
Other team members
Nancy Figueiredo, RN
Elizabeth Graef, DO
Special Interest : gout, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis
The American College of Rheumatology provides a wide range of tips, support, and other information for patients with arthritis and systemic rheumatic autoimmune diseases and their families.
Our rheumatology department members have research expertise in many areas of rheumatic diseases. Our faculty are internationally recognized for contributions to research and have been at the forefront of developing new approaches to the study and treatment of disorders such as scleroderma, osteoarthritis, lupus, vasculitis, spondyloarthritis and gout.
Residency and Fellowship Information
The Department of Rheumatology at BMC offers a two-year fellowship program that provides fellows with a range of hands-on opportunities in both clinical care and research. More information about available fellowship can be found here.