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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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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 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
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • 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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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 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

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 and the Inflammatory Eye Disease 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<
  • Top Rheumatologist Award

Memberships

  • 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

145 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

26 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

I am do blessed to have this doctor care for me- she is fabulous in every facet !!! The best

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Dr Hajj-Ali is probably THE BEST physician at Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Dr Hajj-Ali is a genius, cares for her patients, and sets the bar for all other doctors.

Reviewed on May 31, 2023

Dr hajj ali is a very good doctor

Reviewed on May 31, 2023

Dr. Hajj Ali is a very busy person, but she never makes me feel rushed when discussing my concerns and reviewing my medical status. I trust her opinions regarding my care because she does have a dedication to research, and that underscores her ability to know the latest trends in care for my rare form of arteritis. If she relocated to another state or hospital...I would happily follow her there. Thank you Dr. Hajj Ali!!!

Reviewed on May 31, 2023

My experiences with Dr. Hajj Ali have always been exceptional. She takes the time to listen and provide the best care possible.

Reviewed on May 26, 2023

New patient not confident she paid attention to my main concern Many tests ordered will discuss plan after that

Reviewed on May 10, 2023

Dr. R Hajj Ali is highly professional, courteous and respectful to her patients. She listens to their concerns, and takes the time to answer questions and discuss the patients point of view as to the best approach going forward. Cleveland Clinic is lucky to have such a skilled and intelligent physician on their staff. I trust this doctor completely and know that I am in the best of care.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

If you are going to have a survey on Dr. Haj-Ali you need a 10 STAR catagory. Dr. Haj-Ali has saved my life. She advocates for her patients. Always makes you feel like you are the most important person. Doesn't rush you. Answers all your questions. Is very calming and provides amazing patient care. Any emails are answered promptly. She is the BEST!!!

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2023

The primary doctor is a great listener and she asked many questions regarding my medical history, and she ordered a battery of tests ranging from blood test to MRIs, in order to further diagnose my situation. The primary physician gave me a number of medications for treatment of some symptoms. Vey attentive and caring physician. The

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2023

I would highly recommend this doctor and her staff, the entire office and hospital.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2023

I could not have better care than from Dr Haj Ali. She goes above and beyond to ease my concerns. She treats me with compassion Amd concern and genuine kindness. I would recommend her to anyone.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2023

There were no issues and the wait time to see the doctor was not nearly as bad as most specialists

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2023

She is always thorough, professional and kind. She always helps when I can't understand an issue because of a hearing loss due to my diagnosis. .

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

She is one of the most caring doctors I've ever experienced

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2023

Dr HajjAli is always very attentive, professional and very caring. She is extremely knowledgeable, always takes time to listen to her patients.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Dr.Rajj Alli and staff very professional and helpful.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

We never visited a doctor so caring and wanting to do everything possible to help me

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2023

Dr. Hajj Ali and team provide exemplary knowledge and concern in every aspect of patient care.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2023

I saw a fellow and she was very thorough kind and understanding

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

In my opinion, Dr. Hajj Ali is the best. And she seems to instill her qualities of attentiveness, understanding and insight in any additional medical personnel included in the appointment.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2022

I have had excellent physician care since I have been at the clinic.

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