The Rackham Arthritis Research Unit, established at the University of Michigan in 1937, was one of the first research units in the United States devoted to investigation of the rheumatic diseases. The Rheumatology Division was established as a distinct parallel administrative unit in 1960 as a component of the Department of Internal Medicine. Since the beginning, our goal has been to uncover new scientific knowledge in the battle against disease, train the next generation of outstanding medical scientists and clinicians, and provide patient care that is second to none.
The Division of Rheumatology offers consultations, patient care, diagnosis, and management for systemic autoimmune conditions and musculoskeletal diseases. Our diagnostic and therapeutic procedures include arthrocentesis, needle muscle biopsy, salivary gland biopsy, musculoskeletal ultrasound, closed synovial biopsy, and synovial fluid analysis to diagnosis, treat, and manage patients with rheumatic diseases. Outpatient treatment of our patients take place at the Rheumatology Clinic at Taubman Center, Briarwood Health Associates, Brighton Health Center, Clark Road Rheumatology, and Northville Health Center. We also provide care for patients at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.
Research interests of our faculty represent a broad base of expertise in basic and clinical sciences in rheumatic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, antiphospholipid syndrome, scleroderma, myositis, vascular disease, spondyloarthropathies, gout, and autoimmune eye diseases. Our research is funded by grants from the NIH, and industry and foundation grants.
Our division is focused on nurturing and expanding our faculty and fellows educational experiences at Michigan Medicine. We are committed to providing access to the the best and latest information in the field of Rheumatology to ensure that our team members are leaders in the field.