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Rheumatology

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UAB Rheumatology is among the best programs in the country, consistently ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report. We are internationally recognized for our dedication to pursuing new knowledge and translating research findings into more effective diagnosis and treatment of patients with rheumatic diseases. As one of the largest academic rheumatology units in the nation, our clinical program registers tens of thousands of patients annually, evaluating and treating people who have various forms of connective tissue disease.

About our Care
Since our formation in the 1950s, UAB Rheumatology has represented excellence in patient care, research and teaching. Our faculty members have contributed substantially to the understanding of rheumatic diseases, including their pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and current diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. In addition, we have trained clinicians, educators and researchers who have impacted academic and clinical rheumatology.

As one of the largest academic rheumatology units in the nation, the Division’s clinical program registers more than 20,000 patient visits annually. This means that UAB has more experience evaluating and treating patients with various forms of connective tissue disease including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, vasculitis (Wegener's granulomatosis, etc.), fibromyalgia, and osteoporosis.

Our rheumatologists work closely with specialists in musculoskeletal radiology to provide cutting-edge imaging techniques and interpretation of radiographs, CT scans and MRI scans. The Interdisciplinary Infusion Center at The Kirklin Clinic provides ready access to the latest FDA-approved intravenous medications for rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus and osteoporosis.

In addition to outpatient rheumatology services, UAB Rheumatology provides high quality care for hospitalized patients with known or suspected rheumatologic conditions. The rheumatology consultation service includes an attending physician and other medical professionals to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment recommendations for patients at UAB Hospital, UAB Highlands, the Birmingham VA Medical Center, Cooper Green Mercy Hospital and other UAB-affiliated hospitals.

Our Specialists
Physicians within UAB Rheumatology are leaders in their fields, and work to provide our patients with comprehensive rheumatologic care. Many are consistently recognized on the “Best Docs” list. Our physicians are involved in many research and clinical trials aimed at caring for our patients with the best technology available.

Conditions Treated
UAB Rheumatology treats a wide spectrum of connective tissue diseases, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Degenerative Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Lupus
  • Scleraderma
  • Vasculitis
  • Wegners
  • Reynauds Syndrome
  • Psoriasis
  • Fibromyalgia

Treatments and Procedures Performed
Treatment for rheumatologic conditions can vary from the simple to the complex. UAB Rheumatology provides state-of-the-art care with treatments that include:

  • Cortisone injections
  • Infusions
  • Prescriptions of anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Physical therapy referrals
  • Bone density testing
  • Complete medical examinations
  • Strength, balance and posture assessment
  • Nutrition counseling

Fibromyalgia Workshop for Patients
The UAB Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology offers a monthly educational workshop on fibromyalgia. The workshops are led by UAB rheumatologists and are held in the Auditorium at UAB Highlands Hospital. For more information, call 1-866-973-6360.

Innovations
Because research is an integral part of the care provided to our patients, UAB rheumatologists are involved in numerous clinical trials, enhancing the science behind the medicine.

Location
Physicians in the UAB Division of Rheumatology see patients at UAB Highlands and at The Kirklin Clinic, both located in Birmingham’s Medical Center District.

UAB Highlands
1201 11th Avenue South
(205) 934-9999 or 1-800-UAB-8816 for appointments

The Kirklin Clinic
2000 6th Avenue South
(205) 934-9999 or 1-800-UAB-8816 for appointments

Referring physicians should call UAB MIST at 1-800-UAB-MIST (1-800-822-6478) for information.

Last Update

August 11, 2010
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