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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a common condition that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in the joints. It is most common in women, and in the wrist and fingers.

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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Program

The Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston uses cutting-edge equipment to diagnose and treat patients with musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Program

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston has special expertise in diagnosing and treating the range of common and more complex cases of rheumatoid arthritis.
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Doctors + Care Team

Timothy E. McAlindon, MD, MPH

Timothy E. McAlindon, MD, MPH

Title(s): Chief, Division of Rheumatology; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Rheumatology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5990
Fax #: 617-636-2388

Osteoarthritis, general rheumatology, lupus

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Janeth Yinh, MD

Janeth Yinh, MD

Title(s): Rheumatologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Rheumatology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5990
Fax #: 617-636-2388

General rheumatology, musculoskeletal ultrasound

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Rajandeep S. Paik, MD

Rajandeep S. Paik, MD

Title(s): Consultant; Adjunct Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Rheumatology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5990
Fax #: 617-636-2388

General rheumatology, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus

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Robert A. Kalish, MD

Robert A. Kalish, MD

Title(s): Director, Rheumatology Education; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Rheumatology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5990
Fax #: 617-636-2388

General rheumatology, Lyme disease

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Senada Arabelovic, DO

Senada Arabelovic, DO

Title(s): Rheumatologist; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Rheumatology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5990
Fax #: 617-636-2388

General rheumatology, transitioning young adults with autoimmune diseases to the adult rheumatology clinic, pregnancy in rheumatologic disease

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Steven C. Vlad, MD, PhD

Steven C. Vlad, MD, PhD

Title(s): Rheumatologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Rheumatology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5990
Fax #: 617-636-2388

General rheumatology, spondyloarthopathies, psoriatic arthritis and anklylosing spondylitis

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William F. Harvey, MD, MSc, FACR

William F. Harvey, MD, MSc, FACR

Title(s): Rheumatologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Rheumatology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5990
Fax #: 617-636-2388

Osteoarthritis, general rheumatology, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

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Research + Clinical Trials


Pathogenic role of autoreactive anergic B cells in Rheumatoid Arthritis

The goal of the study is to determine the role of a particular type of white blood cell called immune cells in the development of Rheumatoid arthritis. Our study is focused on a specific type of immune cells (B lymphocytes) that circulate in the blood and normally provide protection against bacteria and viruses that cause diseases. However, sometimes the immune cells may get "confused" and will start attacking the body itself; this process is called autoimmunity. In Rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system (system in the body that protects the body against diseases) attacks joint tissue which resultsin joint stiffness, swelling and eventually leads to irreversible joint damage. This study plans to learn more about the reason why the immune system turns against the body's own joint tissue by separating immune cells from blood samples and carrying out biochemical tests on theses cells.
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