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Department Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Administration of Injectable Medications for Osteoporosis
  • Adult Rheumatology
  • Bone Density Testing
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cortisone Injections
  • Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA)
  • General Rheumatology
  • 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
  • Osteoporosis Diagnosis
  • Pericardial Diseases Center
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Rheumatology
  • Steroid Injections
  • Therapeutic Injections
  • Ultrasound-Guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 29 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • AIDS
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Hip
  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • 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
  • Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (EGPA)
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF)
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Gout
  • Gout Arthritis
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (Wegener’s)
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Problems
  • Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Pain
  • HIV
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Immunosuppression
  • Iritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • 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 in the Elderly
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knees in the Elderly
  • Painful Joints
  • Palindromic Rheumatism
  • Panuveitis
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Relapsing Polychondritis
  • Retroperitoneal Fibrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease
  • Rheumatoid Vasculitis
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Spondylosis
  • Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Takayasu's Arteritis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Uveitis
  • Vasculitis
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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 a Professor at the Cleveland Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University . She has been on staff in that department at the Cleveland Clinic since 2002. She is board-certified in internal medicine and Rheumatology.  She is the Vice Chair for Quality and Safety and the  Associate Director for the Center for  Vasculitis Care and Research.

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

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Rheumatic & Immunologic Disease
Cleveland, OH

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

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

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 and the Inflammatory Eye Disease 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<
  • Top Rheumatologist Award


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

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 9/28/2023, Dr. Hajj-Ali 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

137 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

28 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 10, 2024

Dr. Rula Hajj-Ali is a gem. The Cleveland Clinic is lucky to have her. She is extremely knowledgeable with her respective fields and I feel confident in the treatment she provides. I enjoy seeing her for my appointments and feel she actually cares about her patients. Thank you Dr. Hajj-Ali!

Reviewed on May 2, 2024

Doctor Hazz Ali is a very compassionate and caring doctor .

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

I have had no follow-up on my lab results at one week mark. This was exactly concern I reiterated it this doctor and others that they shuffle you along to next appointment without closing the loop on previous ones. How do I get doctor opinion on requested lab results without incurring another visit and costs etc

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Dr. Rujj-Ali makes time to go over any questions I have and ensures that I have an understanding of directions

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Very pleased with the care provided by this doctor

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

All experiences have been very professional. I praise the fact that the doctors spend time with me and are thorough.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2024

I could not ask for any better care. Dr. Haj Alli listens, and sees me as a whole person and thank goodness she has as I have been referred to several other doctors at CCF based on Dr. Hal Ali listening to me about how I truly feel. She has saved my life, and I cannot thank her enough.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2024

Dr. Hajj Ali was very helpful, knowledgeable and caring. I feel confident that the health issues I am having are being addressed.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

Dr. Hajj-Ali is wonderful at making sure that she can see me before I travel so that I know that it is safe to go

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

Dr. Hajj-Ali is the most understanding doctor that I have ever had. Her care for her patients is very evident and she goes above and beyond to do anything that she can to help.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2024

Dr Hajj Ali is the best. She listens to my concerns & I feel she genuinely cares. She never rushes through my appt with her.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2024

Dr. Hajj-Ali is always very professional, yet friendly & gives me good informative information.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Dr. Hajj- Ali, her fellow, and her MA were simply amazing!!!

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

I have gotten excellent care from Dr Ali and all of the staff. Their follow up to her orders and answering all of my questions in a timely manner. I recommend Cleveland Clinic to everyone I know.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

My doctor was on time.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

I have complete trust in my doctor. She is professional and caring, but serious about the approach she guides me through.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

I have the utmost respect for Dr. R. Hajj Ali.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

Excellent caring doctors.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr. Hajj Ali is a wonderful doctor.She is patient with my hearing issue and explains things thoroughly. She is concerned and asks questions. She doesn't Make me feel forced when I comes to making decisions but Is always but Is always informative. She goes the extra mile and even got me covered financially for a new drug I will be trying.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr Hajj-Ali is very compassionate, kind and knowledgeable. She took action to help with my issues. She never disappoints and cares!

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Dr. Hajj-Ali has been exceptional since my first visit with her several years ago. And even though I was late for my recent appointment due to detours, she still took her time with me in a thoughtful discussion and further spent considerable time trying and succeeding to have me seen for further testing in another department. She is what Cleveland clinic is all about - excellence.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023

Dr Hajj Ali and staff are very helpful getting tests scheduled for the same day as my appointment.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

The scheduling team and Dr Hajj Ali's office went above and beyond in getting me in to see her.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

Dr Hajj Ali is an asset to the Clinic. Ive seen her for 11 years now and she is my favorite provider. Always listens, always has insightful comments to and is very thorough

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023

Dr. Grewal (fellow vs attending) was superb as was Dr. Hajj-Ali who came in later on

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023

Dr. Hajj Ali is so wonderful. She is kind, caring, VERY A knowledgeable and she LISTENS. I am so grateful to have found her.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

She and Dr Grewal are always willing to answer any questions.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

Dr. Hajj-Ali is the consummate exemplary Cleveland Clinic care provide in every aspect of patient care. For each follow-on appointment I have she always makes a point to know my medical history and my current overall health status. She has extended my functional longevity in the area that is important to me while minimizing future risk that treatments may impose. Dr. Hajj-Ali is the quintessential care provider that should be the organization's patient healthcare standard.

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