Leading the Way in Rheumatology
Rheumatology is a subspecialty of internal medicine. Doctors who specialize in rheumatology are referred to as rheumatologists. They diagnose and focus on non-surgical treatment of arthritis and related rheumatic diseases. Rheumatologists can also specialize in pediatric rheumatology — treating children with rheumatic diseases.
Rheumatism is a general term that describes any painful disorder affecting the body's loco-motor system, including joints, muscles, connective tissues and soft tissues around the joints and bones. Rheumatism also describes rheumatic fever that affects heart valves. Rheumatologists are physicians with expertise and training in the treatment of arthritis and autoimmune diseases. The specialty of rheumatology covers a wide spectrum of over 100 rheumatologic diseases that can have chronic, disabling effects on joints, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Certain autoimmune diseases, such as:
- Antiphospholipid syndrome
- Musculoskeletal pain disorders
- Back pain
The rheumatologists at the Division of Rheumatology and Allergy-Clinical Immunology at North Shore-LIJ Health System are at the leading edge of their specialty, providing state-of-the-art care for patients with rheumatic diseases. Major diagnostic and therapeutic advances over the last two decades have greatly improved the outlook for patients with diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, lupus, myositis and scleroderma. Our rheumatologists offer consultative services in general and subspecialty rheumatology.
Rheumatologists see patients in a state-of-the-art ambulatory site. In addition, they take care of outpatients in the clinics of North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Consultative care is administered to inpatients of both hospitals as well.
The Division of Rheumatology and Allergy-Clinical Immunology offers the following dedicated centers and services for our patients:
- Arthritis Center — specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and research of the various arthritic diseases
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Autoimmune Disease Treatment Center — specializing in treating all facets of lupus and related autoimmune diseases
- Scleroderma and Raynaud's Treatment Center — comprehensive care for patients with various forms of scleroderma as well as Raynaud's disease. Scleroderma causes connective tissue around the joints to thicken and harden. A rare disease, Raynaud's affects the arteries and reduces blood flow to the fingers and toes.
- Vasculitis Center — comprehensive care for patients with various forms of vasculitis, a condition in which the body's blood vessels develop inflammation
- Myositis Treatment Center — comprehensive care for patients with various forms of myositis and other forms of muscle disease
- The Program in Novel Therapeutics — provides an opportunity for patients to participate in clinical studies involving the latest pharmaceutical and biotechnology drugs for rheumatological conditions
- Center for Infusion Therapy — provides state-of-the-art therapies for patients with arthritis and other inflammatory diseases via intravenous administration