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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
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.444.5632
Desk:
216.444.3876
Fax:
216.636.7881
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
  • Orthobiologics
  • Rheumatology
  • Therapeutic Injections
  • Ultrasound-guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
  • Viscosupplementation Injections
View all 31 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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Biography

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

Appointed
2002

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Rheumatology
Cleveland, OH USA
1986

Residency - Mount Sinai Medical Center (Closed)
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1982

Internship - Mount Sinai Medical Center (Closed)
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1980

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1979

Undergraduate - Kirkland College
Clinton, NY USA
1974

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

Certifications

  • 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.

Memberships

  • 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 7/29/2020, 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

144 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

25 Patient Comments

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

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

dr Abelson always asks probing questions and recommends good follow up ie labs, other tests, referrals.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Dr. Abelson is extremely competent and explains things very well.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Dr. Abby Abelson is an amazing doctor! So knowledgeable and so caring. I am so fortunate to have her as my doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Dr. Abelson is always very thorough in eliciting a history. She dis not come into the appointment with a set treatment plan but discussed all the options with me.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

Dr. Abelson always goes above and beyond any expectations. she is amazing.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Excellent doctor! Very professional & knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Dr Abelson was was prompt and prepared for the visit. She shared her concerns and suggestions for treatment, and listened to my concerns before sharing future care.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Dr Abelson and her staff were excellent.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

It is very difficult to get a return call from the doctor. Not sure if she's getting the messages, not connected to direct office.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Dr.Abelson is the best doc in your entire system!

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Dr. Abelson was wonderful.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

I have nothing but good things to say about my care provider but DID NOT need to have a conversation with her, just an answer to a question, using My Chart. why have my chart if it turns out not an option?

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