Advanced, comprehensive medical expertise delivered in a compassionate, supportive environment.
The UNC Rheumatology Clinic provides state-of-the art care for adult patients with all types of rheumatologic diseases (affecting joints and muscles) – both common and rare. The clinic is recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise in providing care for difficult to diagnose patients, and patients with complex or multiple health conditions.
Because treating rheumatologic conditions often involves working with patients who are dealing with a number of diseases, the UNC Rheumatology Clinic frequently partners with other UNC medical departments such as Dermatology, Pulmonology, Orthopaedics, Internal Medicine, Neurology, and Nephrology (study of the kidneys), to name a few. This unique ability to provide integrated and coordinated oversight ensures patients receive well planned, comprehensive care at all times.
Clinic staff members spend time carefully explaining disease conditions and treatment options in order to develop a “team approach” in which patients are empowered to make the best decisions based on their unique medical circumstances. This is especially important because due to the nature of some rheumatologic disorders, they can be challenging to definitively diagnose and more difficult for patients to understand than some other types of conditions.
Serving the Needs of the Latino Population
Because providing compassionate, high-quality medical care to all patients is a core goal of the clinic, on specified days of the month Latino patients benefit from being able to interact in a primarily Spanish-language clinical experience.
UNC Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Clinic – A Unique Offering For Diagnosis and Treatment
Directed by Dr. Amanda Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS, the ultrasound clinic allows physicians to visualize the internal anatomy of joints and tissues. This enhances the clinical examination and helps physicians determine the optimal medical approach for individual patients. The use of ultrasound also provides therapeutic benefits by enabling physicians to pinpoint injection of medicines into the specific affected area(s).
Core Clinic Services
Therapeutic Infusion Center. A 22-seat facility which serves multiple divisions and departments at UNC, including Rheumatology, Allergy, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, and Dermatology. Patients can receive the full range of infusion therapies, including advanced biologic medicines, as well as other treatments such as intravenous (IV) osteoporosis medicines, IV immunoglobulin, and IV immunosuppressive medicines.
Onsite Radiology and Lab Services. Fully equipped facilities are located onsite for patient convenience, and to shorten turn-around times for results.
Consultation for the diagnosis and treatment for the full spectrum of rheumatologic diseases, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Psoriatic arthiritis
- Reactive arthritis
- Enteropathic arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Inflammatory myopathies
- Sjogren's syndrome
- Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
Physicians and Providers
- Rumey Ishizawar, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor and Clinic Director
- Beth Jonas, MD, Associate Professor
- Joanne Jordan, MD, MPH, Professor
- Amanda Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS, Assistant Professor
- Alfredo Rivadeneira, MD, Associate Professor
- Saira Z. Sheikh, MD, Assistant Professor
- Chris Sims, MD, Professor
- Aubrey Wilson, PA
Additional Information and Clinic Address
For information regarding clinical trials focused on rheumatology, contact Julie Norfleet at 919.843.6619 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit this page of our website to learn more.
Patient Referral Form
Prior to requesting an appointment please ask your referring physician to fill out this form.
UNC Allergy and Immunology Clinic at Carolina Point II
6013 Farrington Road
Bldg 200, Suite 301
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
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