Division of Rheumatology
Division Director: James D. Katz, MD
Fellowship Director: Rodolfo Curiel, MD
Musculoskeletal pain is frequently the reason that patients visit primary care physicians, and bone and joint diseases are common causes of morbidity and disability in society. With our aging population, arthritis will become an even more important condition that physicians will be expected to deal with.
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Patient Care Services
The division provides consultative services for the diagnosis and management of patients with both common and complex musculoskeletal problems, including bursitis and tendinitis, gout, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, back and neck pain, osteoporosis, and Lyme disease, as well as systemic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, inflammatory myopathies, and vasculitis. House staff actively participate in the outpatient faculty practice, which is run like a “teaching private practice.” The inpatient consultative service follows patients with musculoskeletal disorders on medical, surgery, orthopedics, and other hospital services. There is close interaction with other disciplines including orthopedics, renal medicine, dermatology, rehabilitation and physical therapy and programs at Children’s National Medical Center including prevocation assessment and the Adolescent Employment Readiness Center .
The Division of Rheumatology offers an active teaching program covering the clinical, diagnostic laboratory, and research aspects of rheumatology. House officers are closely supervised by attending faculty, and trainees learn how to clinically assess and manage patients with musculoskeletal complaints.
Fellowship Training and Research
The division’s fellowship program is a two-year advanced medical training program fully accredited by the ACGME. In the recent past, fellows completing this program have all passed their board certifications and have gone on to both academic and private practice opportunities.
James D. Katz, MD
Nora Taylor, MD