Overview

Overview

The Department of Rheumatology at Cleveland Clinic Florida specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect joints, bones, soft tissues and connective tissues.

Our rheumatologists are leaders in research and specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of the conditions that affect the bones, muscles, joints and skin. Our team works with patients and their families to create individualized treatment plans for their rheumatic diseases.

Musculoskeletal disorders and arthritis affect the lives of more than 35 million people in the U.S., with arthritis being the most common cause of disability.

What We Treat Services

Services

Rheumatology

Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Rheumatologic Center offers all services needed to effectively manage your care. Our rheumatologists work collaboratively to create individualized treatment care plans for rheumatic diseases. For our patients requiring intravenous (IV) therapies, we offer an onsite infusion unit with state-of-the-art equipment in a comfortable, relaxing suite.

Rheumatology is a specialty in internal medicine, devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic diseases. Rheumatologists diagnose and treat clinical problems involving joints, soft tissues and the allied conditions of connective tissues.

Immunology

The treatment of immunologic disease at Cleveland Clinic Florida consists of caring for patients with complex autoimmune and autoinflammatory and immunodeficiency disorders.

Because the characteristics of rheumatological disorders are best explained by immunology, the pathogenesis of every major rheumatological disorder is now described in terms of an autoimmune disease. Many new treatment modalities are also based on clinical research in immunology.

Osteoporosis Clinic

Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Osteoporosis Clinic evaluates and treats patients with osteoporosis and other forms of diseases that affect bone. Osteoporosis is common. About 57 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass. About 34 million are at risk for the disease. Estimates suggest that about half of all women older than 50, and up to one in four men, will break a bone because of osteoporosis.

Our goal is to evaluate patients at an early stage to prevent the major complication of osteoporosis (fractures), and treat patients at the earliest possible stage to prevent additional disease manifestations.

Our osteoporosis specialists see patients with osteoporosis, disorders of calcium metabolism, and other metabolic bone diseases including Paget's Disease, osteomalacia, osteogenesis imperfecta and others. We offer state of the art technology including a bone densitometer, which is used to assess bone density in the hip and spine, as well as radius and total body if clinically indicated. This technique allows the physicians to evaluate the degree of bone loss, to diagnose osteoporosis and the risk for future fracture.

Staff

Staff

John Donohue, MD
John Donohue, MD
Department Chair
Catherine Crochetiere, ARNP
Catherine Crochetiere, ARNP
Certified Nurse Practitioner
Appointments

Appointments

To make an appointment with a physician who specializes in rheumatologic conditions, please call 877.463.2010.