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Department Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Administration Of Injectable Medications For Osteoporosis
  • Adult Rheumatology
  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Bone Density Testing
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cortisone injections
  • Diagnosis of Osteoporosis
  • Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA)
  • General Rheumatology
  • General Rheumatology including Lupus
  • Hyaluronic acid (HA)
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Immunoglobulin Infusion
  • Immunotherapy
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Infusions Of Biologic Agents On Site
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation Center
  • Medical Management of Early Osteoarthritis
  • Medication Management
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Treatment For Joint Pain
  • Rheumatology
  • Steroid Injections
  • Therapeutic Injections
  • Ultrasound-guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
  • Viscosupplementation Injections
View all 30 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adult Onset Still's Disease
  • AIDS & HIV
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Arthritic Knee Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist & Hand
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Autoinflammatory Syndromes
  • Behcet's Disease
  • Benign Hypermobility Joint Syndrome
  • Buerger's Disease
  • Bursitis
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Calcinosis
  • Central Nervous System Vasculitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis (Pseudo Gout)
  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome
  • Connective Tissue Diseases
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) Syndrome
  • Foot & Ankle Arthritis
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Gout
  • Gout Arthritis
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (Wegener’s)
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Problems
  • Henoch Schonlein Purpura
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Pain
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Immunosuppression
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Iritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Lupus
  • Lupus Anticoagulant
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA)
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myositis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis Of The Hips And Knees In The Elderly
  • Painful Joints
  • Palindromic Rheumatism
  • Panuveitis
  • Polumyalgia Rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Relapsing Polychondritis
  • Retroperitoneal Fibrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Sacroilitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondyloarthopathy
  • Spondyloarthropathies
  • Spondylosis
  • Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
  • Systemic Lupus
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger
View all 94 Specialties +


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About Emily Littlejohn, DO, MPH

Emily Littlejohn completed her undergraduate education at Georgetown University, where she received a B.S in Human Science. After college she moved to Boston where she received a M.P.H in Epidemiology from Boston University of Public Health. She then attended Medical School at Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) where she was awarded a research fellowship in the Department of Biotechnology. She went on to complete her Internal Medicine Residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, IL and Rheumatology Fellowship at the University of Michigan where she worked closely with lupus patients and became interested in this complex and elusive disease.

She joined the medical staff in the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases at Cleveland Clinic in 2017 and holds a faculty position of Clinical Assistant Professor in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She directs the Cleveland Clinic Lupus Cohort (CCLC), a longitudinal bio repository that banks blood and urine of lupus patients and is co- director of the Lupus Clinic.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Residency - Loyola University Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Maywood, IL USA

Medical Education - Western University of Health Sciences
Pomona, CA USA

Graduate School - Boston University
Boston, MA USA

Undergraduate - Georgetown University
Washington, DC USA


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 4/6/2021, Dr. Littlejohn has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Littlejohn receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Aurinia Pharmaceuticals

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

113 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

24 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Great experience Nice staff Loved the doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

My provider was very available for a virtual visit whenever I needed her.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Dr. Littlejohn always listens, always makes sure that I am well taken care of, and always does her best to understand the total situation of what is going on in my condition.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

Dr Littlejohn is very patient and listens to all my questions and concerns and don't just rush us in and out

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Dr Littlejohn is a very through Dr and explains things very well and I am glad to have her for a Dr

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

I felt that this appointment was perfect for my situation and what I needed to discuss with Dr. Littlejohn.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Dr. Littlejohn is a compassionate and caring physician - thank you for your help and support!

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Technology could be better. As a patient and a physician there are better technologies out there for patient care- consider Buffalo Pacific - based in Troy, OH.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Dr LittleJohn took time to help me understand so I could write down what I needed to do, she answered questions and listened to my new concerns she sent me for tests to check on my new symptoms and sent me a follow up email in portal about results. Great communication from MD!

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

I was looking for the next level of care and Dr. Littlejohn went above and beyond. Thank you!

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Dr. Emily Littlejohn is the consummate professional, is always prepared and well informed, and consults with other CCF physicians, as needed, that are part of my CCF care team. She is bright, insightful, and knows my medical situation well enough to recognize issues of concern. Her brand of caregiving affirms my overall well being is central to her assessment and decision making. Dr. Littlejohn is a pleasure to work with and her personal style is an intangible for which I'm very grateful.

Reviewed on May 28, 2021

I have been well served by Dr. Littlejohn!My care has been comprehensive ,timely , great explanations and concern. I am honored to have her as a physician.

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

When the doctor walked into the room, I stood and her first words were "we don't shake hands anymore" now that was quite interesting. Surely there are better ways of greeting a new patient and parent. The Dr. seemed to listen to our journey and she typed as we talked. The exam was a couple of minutes and we were told that CC would run more extensive test and that it would be communicated on My Chart. At that she closed the laptop and walked out. No other interaction was provided and we were just left there and no one else came in to tell us to leave and head to the lab. Poor customer service. The experience was rushed and

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

I couldn't ask for a more professional physician who listened to my concerns and answered all of my questions.Dr Littlejohn truly explained everything so I could understand it and didn't rush me through the appointment.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

Dr Littlejohn is a very good doctor very professional I think she is caring and the best.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

The doctor was incredibly kind, thorough and respectful. hopefully I won't need to be a continual patient of hers, but I will absolutely recommend her to others I know.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Dr. Littlejohn is a such a wonderful specialist. She always takes the time to answer my questions with great knowledge. I have utmost respect for her as a doctor and a person.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

Dr. Littlejohn has always returned my messages concerning questions, meds or symptoms.She has taken time to review altered pathology and physiology .I feel honored to have her as a physician . She is a great asset to the Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

dr littlejohn was awesome

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

*Dr. Littlejohn is an outstanding physician, I could not be more happy with her care.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

Dr. Littlejohn was exemplary. I drove four hours to see her and will do it again if I have to. She treated me with respect and listened to my concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

I love when I went to emergency for a blood clot all my doctors can together and was talking to my mom she was so concerned cause I have a lot of health problems

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2020

Dr. Littlejohn is amazing. She took away from family time on a holiday to visit with me.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

Great, I love my Dr! I love the treatment I get there . Dr. Little John is awesome!

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