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


Additional Locations

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
View all 9 Treatment & Services +

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
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (Wegener’s)
  • 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
View all 40 Specialties +


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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


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

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

Residency - American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon

Fellowship - American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon

Residency - American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon

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

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

Undergraduate - American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon

Additional Training

  • Fellowship in Rheumatology at the American University of Beirut

Professional Highlights

  • Direct the Multidisciplinary Central  Nervous System Vasculitis Clinic


  • 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<


  • 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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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 5/11/2020, Dr. Hajj-Ali 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. Hajj-Ali receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Rockpointe Corporation

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

154 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

34 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Dr. Hajj-Ali is a greta listener

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Both Dr Hajj-Ali and Dr Patel (Res) have a high degree of professionalism,combined with a caring, pleasant attitude

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Dr. Hajj Ali is the best!!!

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

The doctor made me feel invalidated in my own chronic pain and experience. She didn't believe that the standard treatment did not work for me. She made me feel as if I was drug seeking, just for asking for refills of the meds she's been prescribing for months. I've had my condition for nearly 10 years and she belittled me and basically didn't listen to what I've done towards my pain. Never coming back.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

This particular doctor has a VERY FULL schedule so it's hard to get in to see her. Not her fault - she's a great doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

The doctor is top notch! Her thoroughness was even more than I could of imagined. I feel very fortunate to be in her care.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

Cleveland clinic provides care you can't find here. The doctors all communicate and are all involved in the treatment process. That rarely happens here.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Dr. R Hajj Ali listened to every word and concern I had before making any comments or interrupting to ask questions. It is so rare to find a doctor that will listen first and diagnose after.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

Dr.Rula Hajj-Ali has been really good to me. when I was having problems she would call me. she has been my doctor since 2006 she helped me get through a really hard time I was having with my lupus. I am very grateful that I got her for my doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

I recommend the Cleveland Clinic to my friends and family. I feel that the care I got here saved my life. I am still getting great care. all my doctors are Cleveland Clinic so the Communication between doctors is great.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

excellent treatment from the fellow, resident and the Dr. Rula Haj ali

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

I am beyond thrilled with Dr Hajj-Ali. Her nose isn't constantly in the computer, she actually turns in her chair and makes eye contact while she asks questions and while I answer.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Dr is Kind an smart

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

Dr Rula Hajj-Ali MD scheduled my next appointment right there in her office at the end of our visit. That way I didn't have to wait in line or call in to schedule my next appointment. Very efficient and great customer service.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

I believe Dr Rula Hajj-Ali MD is one of the kindest and most caring Dr's I've ever met. The Cleveland Clinic should be number 1 in Rumatology because of her care.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

Excellent doctors and staff!

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

dr Ali is wonderful listener

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

my doctors are excellent in taking care of me. not so good In keeping me informed of clinic problems

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

this clinic and doctors are remarkable I wouldn't be here it it wasn't for them

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

Dr. Hajj-Ali is the quintessential healthcare provider. She is always personally engaged and caring yet intuitive, effective and efficient. She conveys caring and trust and pride in her relationship with Cleveland Clinic. I am grateful for having Dr. Hajj-Ali as a critical member of my healthcare team at Cleveland Clinic,

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

Dr Hajj Ali is a wonderful physician. I deeply appreciate the time she spent with me in Oct visit and in Jan visit & her willingness to look at the facts/big picture before rushing to judgement.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

I use My Chart and have good communication with my Doctor and appointments .

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

Dr Hajj-Ali is an excellent doctor

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

the doctor spent alot of time talking with me about my issues and treated me with dignity and respect. excellent patient care!

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

the doctor listened to me and treated me very well

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

Cleveland clinic is very fortunate have a doctor like her.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

she's the best-patient and caring and an excellent physician.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019

Always a great experience with Dr and her office

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

always get the best care in the world at the Cleveland clinic. and I adore my doctor

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

it took me three years to schedule an appointment for this year with the doctor I wanted to see. schedule was only 3 months out and every time I called, the appointments were full. No opportunity for a wait list of call back. They just told me I need to keep calling back....

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019


Reviewed on May 3, 2019

Dr. Hajj-Ali was wonderful. Very helpful,kind,and professional. Gave clear explanations and addressed concerns.So glad I was able to see her.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

Dr. Hajj Ali is an acceptional MD with an exceptional staff of excellence, as is Dr. Simpfendorfer, those are unusual in any hospital

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

Dr. Hajj-Ali is an amazing physician. I've never met a person who can diagnose a rare disease just by talking to a patient, and then have the diagnosis verified by subsequent medical testing. She has a very personable demeanor, and I always enjoy my visits with her. I'm not sure what I'd do without Dr.Hajj-Ali!

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