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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
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Desk:
216.444.9643
Fax:
216.636.7260

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Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Administration Of Injectable Medications For Osteoporosis
  • Adult Rheumatology
  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • 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
  • Pericardial Diseases Center
  • Rheumatology
  • Steroid Injections
  • Therapeutic Injections
  • Ultrasound-guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
  • Viscosupplementation Injections
View all 31 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • EGPA (Eosinophilic granulomatosis with Polyangiitis)
  • 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
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • 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
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • 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
  • Painful Joints
  • Palindromic Rheumatism
  • Panuveitis
  • Polumyalgia Rheumatica
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • 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
  • Rheumatoid Vasculitis
  • Sacroilitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondyloarthopathy
  • Spondyloarthropathies
  • Spondylosis
  • Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
  • Systemic Lupus
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Takayasu's Arteritis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Uveitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Wegener Disease
  • Wegener’s Granulomatosis
View all 104 Specialties +
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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, Lebanon
1998

Residency - American University of Beirut
Rheumatology
Beirut, Lebanon
1996

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

Medical Education - 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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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 5/21/2021, 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

139 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

35 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2021

Always have had great experiences with Dr. Hajj-Ali and her associates. I couldn't ask for better care.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2021

Best doctor I have ever had.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

AWESOME experience! Plus, the Physician was lovely, wonderful, knowledgeable, and compassionate. Thank you!

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

Thank you Dr Ali! You were wonderful!

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

My dr. Has been very amazing and professional in my life. The interest that she shows about her patients.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

My doctor is excellent

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Dr Hajj Ali is an outstanding,kind and caring physician.She responded i.mediately to my message,diagnosed and treated my acute illness.I am grateful.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Dr. Ali is an excellent provider, she makes time in explaining the plan and what is going on with my illness, she is always ready to listen and follows up with me. Very good and caring person. I highly recommend her to anybody who needs a rheumatologists.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

Dr. Hajj-Ali is the smartest most compassionate doctor I've ever had. I appreciate her beside manner. She just the best!

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

Doctor Rula Hajj-Ali put me as ease right away. She was cheerful and listened to all my concerns. She was also very thorough in questions regarding my past health and current problems. She respected my thought and desire to improve my health.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

I feel that I am in the best of care with Dr. Rajj Ali and the other doctor's who were present. Not only did I receive the utmost respect and concern for my care going forward, I had a pleasant visit by the staff while I was in the hospital recently for an Aortic Aneurysm. These doctor's including Dr. Rajj Ali have their eye on the ball so to speak, and they want to help me find where my inflammation is coming from. I am grateful to them for their focus.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

I am impressed with the care I am receiving, and the expertise of my provider in the treatment of my care.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

I have always received great care from Dr Hajj-Ali and her staff.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Dr. Hajj-Ali has been great with my care.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

I had some tests done and it's been a week and I haven't heard anything from the doctors office about them.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Dr Hajj-Ali has always been very attentative to my care and my well-being. She is a phenomenal Rheumatologist and she shows care and compassion, there is no other for me. Love Dr. Hajj-Ali.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

One of the best doctors I have experienced.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

Dr. Hajj Ali is very thorough. She spends time to talk about my medical plan. I have complete trust in her ability to provide care for me. She is the best!

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

And is always a positive experience to visit with this physician!

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

I appreciate the kindness and understanding exhibited by the Doctor and her staff.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Dr Haji Ali was warm and personable. She was thoughtful and carefully listened.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Dr. Hajj Ali is a very caring and empathetic physician. Shelistens to and respects her patients. I like her very much.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2021

Excellent doctor, she is the best

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Dr. Hajj Ali is an excellent doctor. She is always willing to listen and answer any questions. I highly recommend her.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

she spent a lot of time addressing info that I requested in regards to immunity and trying to locate providers

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

I really respect Dr Hajj Ali.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2021

Dr. Hajj-Ali is an exceptional doctor and healthcare provider. when she enters the room she fully engages me as her focus and purpose to help me is a palpable feeling that she conveys. it conveys caring and trust.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

Dr Hajj Ali is a tremendous physician, kind, caring, very smart. I am fortunate to have her as part of my life and value her as someone that cares a great deal about me being in the best health possible. Without her, attention to my issues I would not have the opportunity to enjoy my life with those that I love.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

this provider Has always been open, honest and helpful.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

I appreciate the care provider's honesty. The truth is motivating. Thank you!

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Dr. Hajj Ali is absolutely wonderful! I couldn't imagine a better rheumatoid arthritis Dr. Every experience with her is extremely helpful.

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

The Dr was so polite, courteous, and an attentive listener for which I am grateful.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

Dr. Hajj-Ali is very knowledgeable and caring

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

Dr. Hajj-Ali is a great doctor!

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2020

I was not able to get the video link to connect to Dr Hajj-Ali. She could see me, I could not see or here her. We conducted the appointment by phone.

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