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:
216.444.9643
Fax:
216.445.7569
Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Bone Density Testing
  • General Rheumatology
  • General Rheumatology including Lupus
  • Infusions Of Biologic Agents On Site
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injections
  • Pericardial Diseases Center
  • Rheumatology
  • Viscosupplementation
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • 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
  • Behcet's Disease
  • Benign Hypermobility Joint Syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Central Nervous System Vasculitis
  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Lupus
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myositis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis Of The Hips And Knees In The Elderly
  • Panuveitis
  • Polymyositis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Rheumatoid Vasculitis
  • Scleritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Spondylosis
  • Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
  • Systemic Lupus
  • Takayasu's Arteritis
  • Uveitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Wegener's Granulomatosis
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Biography

About Rula Hajj-Ali, MD

Rula Hajj-Ali, MD is a Staff Physician at the Center for Vasculitis Care and Research at Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases. Dr Hajj-Ali is an Associate Professor at the Cleveland Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and has a joint appointment with the Department of Cell Biology at the Lerner Research Institute. She has been on staff in that department at the Cleveland Clinic since 2002. She is board-certified in internal medicine and Rheumatology.  

Dr.  Hajj-Ali is a graduate of the American University of Beirut medical school in Lebanon. She performed her internal medicine training at the American University of Beirut, Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester NY and the Cleveland Clinic, followed by fellowship in rheumatic and immunologic disease at the American University of Beirut and the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Hajj-Ali has a particular interest in systemic inflammatory disease and vascular inflammatory disease including vasculitides, primary central nervous system(CNS) vasculitis and inflammatory eye disease . Her research interests include central nervous system vasculitis, giant cell arteritis, Behçet’s Disease and Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis ( Wegener Granulomatosis). Dr. Hajj-Ali directs the multidisciplinary CNS vasculitis Clinic which is highly qualified multidisciplinary clinic that   evaluate and treat patients with suspected CNS vasculitis ,  a tremendously challenging disease.

Dr. Hajj-Ali holds the alpha omega alpha honor and was elected as “America’s Top Physicians “and received the Cleveland Society of Rheumatology Best Fellow award, and the Clinical Research Award from the American Heart Association. She has been awarded the “Teacher of the Year award “in recognition to her excellence and dedication to the education of the fellows, residents and medical students.  

Dr. Hajj-Ali has presented her research findings at various national and international scientific meetings. Her work in CNS vasculitis has been published in leading professional and scientific journals. She is the author of multiple chapters in major books for the topic of CNS vasculitis

Dr. Hajj-Ali is a member of numerous societies including the American College of Rheumatology and American College of Physicians. She is currently a consultant    for the Vasculitis Foundation. She has served on the planning committee for the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting. Dr. Hajj-ali has lectured nationally and internationally on the subjects of Vasculitis, CNS vasculitis and inflammatory eye diseases.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2002

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
2002

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Rheumatic & Immunologic Disease
Cleveland, OH USA
2001

Residency - American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
1999

Fellowship - American University of Beirut
Rheumatology
Beirut,
1998

Residency - American University of Beirut
Rheumatology
Beirut,
1996

Internship - Strong Memorial Hospital of The University of Rochester
Internal Medicine
Rochester, NY USA
1994

Medical School - American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
New York, NY USA
1993

Undergraduate - American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
1989

Additional Training

  • Fellowship in Rheumatology at the American University of Beirut

Professional Highlights

  • Direct the Multidisciplinary Central  Nervous System Vasculitis Clinic

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

Specialty Interests

Vasculitis, uveitis, central nervous system vasculitis, systemic inflammatory diseases

Awards & Honors

  • Alpha Honor, Alpha Omega, 1998
  • Aadel Askari Memorial Award, Arthritis Foundation, 2002
  • Who’s Who in America, 2007
  • American’s Top Physicians, 2007
  • Clinical Research Award, American Heart Association, 2008
  • Teacher of the Year Award 2014-2015<

Memberships

  • Fellow of the  American College of Physicians
  • Member of the American College of Rheumatology
  • Consultant for the Vasculitsi Foundation



Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

3 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2017

Great overall experience while on the campus.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2016

Dr Rula is amazing!! Best rheumatologist I have been to. She listened attentively to everything I had to say, and took the time to explain all the details that I wanted. She gave me a different diagnosis than my previous rheumatologist, and the blood tests and x-ray showed that she was correct.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2016

Dr. Hajj-Ali is an exceptional care provider. I have always sensed her personal engagement in my health care. I've had dozens of Cleveland Clinic healthcare providers. She is at the top of my most-preferred list. She is what all others should use as the ideal model for patient engagement.

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