Arthritis & Autoimmune Disease Diagnosis & Treatment
The Division of Rheumatology at The GW Medical Faculty Associates offers state-of-the-art rheumatologic care in the heart of the nation’s capital. Our team of physicians and nurse scientists conducts ground-breaking research in myositis, wound healing, autoimmune diseases, healthcare transitions, immunology and education.
Our mission is to advance the field of rheumatology. We achieve this by providing multidisciplinary rheumatologic care to our patients, conducting ground-breaking hypothesis-driven scientific research through our basic science and immunology programs, and supporting state-of-the-art training in rheumatology through our nationally accredited residency and fellowship programs.
Through our busy clinical and academic operations we focus on excellence:
- Excellence in patient care
- Excellence in research
- Excellence in training future rheumatologists.
What is Rheumatology?
Rheumatology is a subspecialty of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of arthritis, autoimmune and connective tissue diseases.
- Why is Rheumatology Important?
Joint complaints account for 10% of visits to primary care physicians. Musculoskeletal disorders are the leading cause of disability in the United States and account for more than 50% of chronic conditions in patients over the age of 50. The economic burden of musculoskeletal disease both in direct health care costs and indirect costs through lost wages is estimated to be $950 billion dollars annually. Multidisciplinary patient care and patient-focused research is urgently needed to improve quality of life and clinical outcomes in patients with rheumatic disease.
Autoimmune diseases affect the joints, bones and muscles and can sometimes cause inflammation in other internal organs such as the kidneys, lungs, blood vessels and brain. Treatment of these complex multisystem diseases requires physicians trained in Rheumatology. GW Rheumatology offers clinical training to medical students, residents and fellows wishing to learn more about caring for patients with rheumatic diseases and research opportunities for trainees interested in learning about rheumatology research.
- Myositis Clinic
Washington, DC Inflammatory Muscle Disease Treatment
The GW Medical Faculty Associates Myositis Center is a multidisciplinary center focused on the evaluation and treatment of patients with inflammatory muscle diseases. The center provides clinical consultation to patients with established or suspected inflammatory muscle diseases.
The Center is a national referral site to provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary consultation to either establish a diagnosis or to provide a second opinion related to management of children and adults with inflammatory muscle diseases. The minimum patient age for this clinic is 8 years. The mission of the Center also encompasses research and education. To this end, a collaboration with the NIH has been established, and the involvement of graduate medical trainees has been secured.
Support for the Center
The center was envisioned directly by the motivated parents, and made possible by the generous grant, from the Cure Juvenile Myositis (Cure JM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for these devastating diseases.
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
In the hands of trained rheumatologists, musculoskeletal ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool. The George Washington University Division of Rheumatology is the only academic division of rheumatology in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with several physicians who have been certified by the American College of Rheumatology in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (RhMSUS) to perform diagnostic and therapeutic musculoskeletal ultrasound.
- Osteoporosis Clinic
The mission of our Osteoporosis Clinic is to identify and treat patients with osteoporosis through individualized therapy and treatment tailored to their specific needs.
- Scleroderma Clinic
Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease which causes inflammation, fibrosis and narrowing of blood vessels in the skin, kidneys, lungs and other organs. Scleroderma is a rare disease affecting around 100,000 Americans. It is more common in women and certain ethnic groups.
The Division of Rheumatology at The GW Medical Faculty Associates is proud to host a nationally recognized scleroderma clinic dedicated to the treatment and management of patients with scleroderma. Directed by Dr. Victoria Shanmugam, the Scleroderma Clinic is home to the internationally recognized STOP Scleroderma study.
Our multidisciplinary team provides holistic care for patients with scleroderma, by focusing on controlling inflammation, and working with a team of specialists to slow progression and control symptoms of scleroderma.
Please contact the clinic at (202) 741-2488 to schedule an appointment in the Scleroderma Clinic. Appointments for this clinic are available on Fridays only.