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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Administration Of Injectable Medications For Osteoporosis
  • Adult Rheumatology
  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Blood Tests
  • 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
  • Therapeutic Injections
  • Ultrasound-guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
  • Viscosupplementation Injections
View all 30 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • AIDS & HIV
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Arthritic Knee Problems
  • Arthritis
  • 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
  • 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
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoporosis in Men
  • Osteoporosis Related to Cancer
  • Paget's Disease
  • 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
  • Spondylolysis
  • Steroid-Induced Osteoporosis
  • Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
  • Systemic Lupus
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger
View all 97 Specialties +


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About Abby Abelson, MD, FACR

Abby G. Abelson, MD, MACR, is Chair, Department of Rheumatology, Vice Chairman for Education at the Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute, and Education Program Director in the Department of Rheumatologic and Immunologic Diseases, as well as Director of Education at the Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Abelson earned her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency in Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, where she was Chief Resident. She subsequently completed a fellowship in Rheumatology at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Dr. Abelson is board-certified in the subspecialty of Rheumatology and is a certified Clinical Densitometrist. She is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, and she currently serves on the Research and Education Foundation Strategic Planning Committee, the Committee on Training and Workforce, and the Subcommittee on Academic Workforce. In 2007, Dr. Abelson received the American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation Clinical Scholar Educator Award.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Mount Sinai Medical Center (Closed)
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Mount Sinai Medical Center (Closed)
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Kirkland College
Clinton, NY USA

Additional Training

  • Harvard-Macy Program for Educators in the Health Professions January -May 2008
  • International Society for Clinical Densitometry Certification

Professional Highlights

  • Chair, Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases, Cleveland Clinic
  • Interim Chair, Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases, Cleveland Clinic
  • Vice Chair for Education, Orthopaedic and Rheumatology Institute, Cleveland Clinic
  • Recipient, Clinical Scholar Education Award, American College of Rheumatology, Research and Education Foundation
  • Member, Committee on Training and Workforce, American College of Rheumatology
  • Chair, Subcommittee of the Academic Workforce, America College of Rheumatology


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

Specialty Interests

metabolic bone diseases, Osteoporosis

Awards & Honors

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 1979.
  • Alice Paige Cleveland Award for "Outstanding Leadership Qualities," CWRU School of Medicine 1979.
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Doctors in America. Woodward/White, Inc. August, 1998, 2000, 2001-2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.
  • Selected for inclusion in Guide to Top Doctors. Center for the Study of Services. 1998, 2001.
  • Selected Participant in the Harvard Macy Institute's Program for Educators in the Healthcare Professions. Cambridge, Massachusetts, January - May 2008
  • Interim Chair, Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases-5/08 to present.
  • American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation Clinical Scholar Educator Award 7/08 -6/10.


  • American College of Rheumatology
  • International Society of Clinical Densitometry
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 7/5/2022, Dr. Abelson has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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

106 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
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

36 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2022

Dr. Abelson has been my doctor for years---she is just incredible in every way--so knowledgeable and skilled, so empathetic and kind--she has the whole package--I could not give a higher recommendation

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Dr. Ableson is the best doctor in the best doctor I the Clinic. She is brilliant and kind. I am so fortunate to have her as my arthritis doctor

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Dr Ableson is amazing

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

I found it extremely get an appointment with Dr. Abelson.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

I had an excellent telemedicine call with Dr. Abelson. I feel very fortunate to have her as my doctor and I have great confidence in her. She's very personable and answered all my questions and relieves any worries that I may have. She helped me coordinate getting my DEXA scan sent to the Cleveland Clinic In Weston on the same day that I am scheduled for a meeting with the nurse in rheumatology. She save me from making two trips to the Weston which is about three hours from my house. I'd highly recommend her to anyone.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

Dr. Abelson is very empathetic and always clearly demonstrates her care for me as a patient. I believe the telemedicine call was every bit as effective as an in person appointment with her in my situation. I would highly recommend telemedicine calls to anyone based on my experiences with doctor Abelson.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Just to let you know that Dr. Abelson is one of the "BEST" doctors I have met at the Cleveland Clinic and I have had experience with many physicians through my career and personal experience. She listens and is extremely empathetic!!!

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Dr. Abelson is very intelligent, knowledgeable, and treats me as though I were her only patient!

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

Dr Abelson takes the time to answer all questions and provides great information to help me stay healthy and proactive!! Wonderful provider!!

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Dr. Abel son is very compassionate. She really listened to my concerns and was very thorough in her testing.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

Dr. Abelson's team of Nurse Alyssa and Ad min assr Kaitlin is tremendous

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Dr Abelson is one of your best at CCF. HIGHLY recommend her!

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Dr. Abelson was professional, kind, provided insight into my condition.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2022

Dr. Abelson is wonderful! My husband and I are both so grateful to her and to Cleveland Clinic for having her on staff.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2022

Dr. Abelson and her team worked beautifully together to care for my husband and me. We are grateful.

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

Very long wait time for appointments with any Clinic doctor.

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

I have already recommended Dr Abelson to several people. She's wonderful!

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Dr. Abelson is probably the best physician I have ever had. I have seen her since before she came to the Cleveland Clinic. She is one of the very few physicians who actually does a hands-on exam at my appointments. She listens & I feel we work together to make clinical decisions about my care.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2022

Dr. Abelson is knowledgeable and professional. She always takes the time to explain things to me and treats me with the utmost courtesy.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2022

Dr Abelson and her team are to best

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

Dr Abelson is a wonderful & caring physician

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Dr Abelson is an okay exceptional doctor. She listens to me and truly cares about her patients.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Abby is the most Excellent provider ever!! I have been with Abby 28 years!!! She is the absolute BEST !

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2021

I felt very cared for. Great visit with Dr. Abelson. Her knowledge and care were among the best Ive had anywhere.

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2021

Dr. Abelson is amazing - very collaborative and kind. Always willing to work out a plan that feels comfortable for both of us. She has been extremely helpful in assisting me with finding another specialist regarding a separate problem other than what I see her for. Very compassionate, thoughtful, and empathetic. The PA that works with her, AnnMarie, is equally helpful, responsive, and kind. They are a great team! I am very grateful for their care.

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2021

I had trouble logging on initially ( my computer). Dr. Abelson's secretary proactively called me and helped me log on - she was very nice and patient.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2021

Dr. Abelson was very caring and compassionate

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2021

Abby took her time with me; asked relevant questions and prescribed appropriate follow up testing and appointment.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

She is caring and kind.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

All of my interactions with Dr. Abelson have been outstanding. I know she has my best interest in mind I know she's an expert in her field and I feel very fortunate to have her as my physician.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

I have had video calls with Dr. Abelson in the past and they continue to be extremely helpful. I get all my questions answered I know she cares for me personally and my well-being and I have to say that I feel complete confidence in her advice that she gives me.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2021

Dr. Abelson is the most thorough physician that I see regularly. She is undoubtedly the best, most caring physician I have ever seen.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2021

Very caring, compassionate and excellent physician

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Easily changed my in person visit to video and was able to have a good visit with Dr. Abelson and she addressed all of my issues and we set up another appointment in person in 2022

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Dr. Abelson is a very good doctor and also very good ability to interact with her patients with ease - she really cares and it shows.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Dr.A.Abelson was a pleasure to deal with. Felt she was very efficient

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