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Rheumatic diseases are challenging diseases which can be difficult to diagnose and can be extremely restrictive, affecting one’s daily life. At Hennepin Healthcare, we are committed to providing compassionate care to all patients who suffer from rheumatic conditions. Our focus is on keeping your joints, muscles, and bones healthy to regain your independence and continue doing the activities you enjoy the most.


In the Division of Rheumatology, we are working to gain new insights and knowledge about the causes – as well as ways to prevent and treat – a broad spectrum of rheumatologic diseases.

We are passionate about ongoing research that continually yields important new scientific data.  We are committed to finding ways to provide the best possible care through the use of therapeutic options that are currently available.  Just as importantly, we learn each day from our most important teachers of all; our patients.

Our goals are to access today’s most advanced medical approaches and provide the best physician training, with a focus on providing individualized and compassionate patient care.

This comprehensive, yet focused approach, partnered with our belief in the importance of patient-centered care is at the core of our mission.

At the end of the day, this approach creates a very positive impact – both in the way that our physicians practice medicine, as well as in the lives of our patients and their families.


Clinic & Specialty Center - Downtown

  • General Rheumatology, please see the list below of commonly treated diseases
  • Infusion Center
  • Joint, carpal tunnel, and soft tissue injections as well as diagnostic aspirations
  • Diagnostic muscle-skeletal ultrasound
  • One-on-one medication therapy consultations with a pharmacist

Hennepin Healthcare rheumatologists specialize in diagnosing, treating, and managing all rheumatologic and immunologic disorders.

Conditions We Treat

Some of the conditions we treat include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Giant Cell Arteritis/Polymyalgia rheumatic
  • Gout, pseudogout, and other crystal-associated arthropathies
  • Ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and other spondyloarthropathies
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)
  • Dermatomyositis, polymyositis, and other inflammatory myopathies.
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Vasculitis

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Musculoskeletal ultrasound is a safe and painless method to aid rheumatologists in diagnosing soft tissue abnormalities that can be otherwise missed on a physical exam. Our rheumatologists are experts in using musculoskeletal ultrasound to assist in diagnosing inflammatory conditions in joints, blood vessels, muscles, tendons, and nerves.