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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 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
  • 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 99 Specialties +


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About Abby Abelson, MD, FACR

Abby G. Abelson, MD, FACR, 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 7/3/2021, 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

165 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

42 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Dr Abelson was warm, friendly, sincere, and knowledgeable about my conditions and provided the necessary intervention and followed.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Dr Ableson and her staff is amazing

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Dr A should set the standard for every physician...she is fabulous.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Jennifer has been so amazing She is a wonderful representative for Dr A and the department.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

I took awhile to get appointment . I waited several months to see Dr.Abbelson., but it well worth the wait .

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Excellent doctor . I liked her very much.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

A very caring person , skilled and efficient doctor. As her patient, I know she has my best interest in her assessments and recommendations.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

Dr. Abelson is part of a group of rare physicians who care about their patients and go to great lengths to make sure they believe it. The crucial element is that she is on my side and will do everything in her power to help me. That is what I feel and for which I am thankful.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

Dr.Abelson was an exceptionally good snd sincere listener

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Dr Abelson is a wonderful caring.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Dr. Abby Abelson was excellent. She was very thorough and explained what test she wanted to have me take. She took her time with me and made me feel very comfortable. She is an excellent doctor

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Dr.Abelson is probably the best physician who currently provides medical care for me.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

The Dr is wonderful! Thank you!

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

Dr. Abelson and the team are outstanding health providers

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Excellent appointment with Dr. Abelson who explained in depth the significance of my laboratory and radiology results, the importance, risk and benefits of a new medication and the specifics and timing of follow up studies. Furthermore she explained the techniques and timing of taking the new medication and dealt with my questions regarding risks and benefits of the new medication.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Dr. Abelson is the most caring physician.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Doctor Ableson is an excellent doctor who provides hands on care!

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Form the start of the visit Dr. A was warm and welcoming. Great listener and gave clear decisive and very open to discussing and explaining her suggested treatment.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

Dr. Ableson is the gold standard for doctorsI don't have enough space to list all her attributes.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

Dr. Abby Abelson is superb in every way.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

Dr. Abby Abelson is a compassionate and knowledgeable Physician. She listened to my practical living situations and responded with realistic medically appropriate advice. I appreciate her holistic approach to health concerns.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

Dr. Abelson and the Dept. Of Rheumatology have been very responsive to my concerns as I deal with ongoing care for my medical needs.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

If I could give Dr. Abelson a 100 on each question-I would.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

The Doctor is amazing! Thoroughly amazing!

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2021

Dr. Abelson is a reflection of what all clinic experiences should be like. Others should emulate her style.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

excellent medical doctor in all respects

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

top notch physician

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Dr Abelson is my coctor. I have seen dozens of doctors in the past 5 years and she is the best. She is personable, compassionate, professional, extremely smart, she never rushes and I can tell she cares and I really like her logical, investigative approach that makes me feel like she really wants to solve the problem. I've also gone to Dr Abelson just for advice and she is thoughtful and takes her time. I've seen what feels like dozens of doctors and I wish they were all like Dr Abelson.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

It was really good. I've done these before and I think Dr Abelson's style makes it feel like there is less of a barrier than others over video. I find that many doctors think they can look at email, rush, etc over video because they're a bit detached.

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

doctor was very nice and personable in helping me.

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Dr. Abelson always asks probing questions to get at the underlying problems and orders appropriate tests or consultation.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

I have nothing but good things to say about the Cleveland clinic and my appointment and just the staff in general. dr. Abelson far exceeded my expectations which makes me even happier that I chose her.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

Dr Abelson is a wonderful caring doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

wonderful doctor

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Dr Abelson is a great doctor. I have seen her for several years. She takes a personal interest in my health. She is very kind, caring & very knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Great health care team. I have an will continue to recommend Dr Abelson and her team to others.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Dr. Abelson was fabulous. The unanswered questions simply reflect the fact that they are not relevant at this time - we are still in diagnosis mode.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Dr Abelson has taken care of me for years, she is a wonderful Doctor very caring, I am very fortunate to have her for my Doctor

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Dr. Abelson is the most thorough & competent physician I have had in my life. In my own medical practice, I hope my patients feel as well cared for as I do when I see Dr. Abelson.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

Dr. Abelson is very thorough and careful and relates to you with a sincere sense of caring about you. She often remembers and brings up things from earlier visits, which helps you feel that you're being appreciated as an individual, not a patient number.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

Dr Abelson is an extraordinary and caring doctorI hold her in the highest esteem for her brilliance and her concern for my well being

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

I would rather an inperson appt but felt much safer this way. It is always a pleasure to see Dr. Abelson

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