Rheumatology

U-M Rheumatology Division, David Fox, MD
David A. Fox, MD
Chief, Division of Rheumatology
Amr Sawalha, MD

The Division of Rheumatology is internationally recognized for excellence in the diagnosis and management of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, basic and clinical research, and training of rheumatology clinicians and students. It is also home to the Rackham Arthritis Research Unit, one of the oldest and best known Rheumatology units in the United States. The latest US News & World Report ranks us at #12 in the nation.

Patient Care

The Division of Rheumatology treats musculoskeletal diseases and autoimmune conditions which includes a vast array of rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, vasculitis, autoimmune muscle diseases, Sjogren's Syndrome, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and many other types of musculoskeletal diseases. Our division has over 40 faculty members who provide inpatient and outpatient care for patients at the University of Michigan hospital and seven clinics located in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Northville, and Ypsilanti.

Research

Our faculty members research interests in rheumatic diseases are diverse; all performing innovative and cutting-edge research with the common goals of understanding the causes of rheumatic disease and finding new prevention and treatment strategies. Our research programs include the Lupus Program and the Scleroderma Program. In addition, several of our faculty members conduct research through the Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center.

Education and Training

Our Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program aims to provide fellows the individual tools they need for success in their chosen career, with exceptional clinical and research training. The division places a high importance on educating both faculty and fellows with regularly scheduled conferences including weekly grand rounds, weekly core curriculum conference, and monthly journal club, clinical case conference, and research seminar.