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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

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Rheumatology
  • Aorta Center
  • Bone Density Testing
  • Clinical Trials
  • Immunology
  • Infusions of Biologic Agents on Site
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injections
  • Rheumatology
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Behcet's Disease
  • Central Nervous System Vasculitis
  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (EGPA)
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (Wegener’s)
  • Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
  • Iritis
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA)
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Rheumatoid Vasculitis
  • Takayasu's Arteritis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Uveitis
  • Vasculitis
View all 16 Specialties +


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About Carol Langford, MD, MHS

Carol A. Langford, MD, MHS, FACP, received her medical degree at the University of California Los Angeles in 1987 and trained in internal medicine at the University of Michigan from 1987 to 1990. She was a fellow in rheumatology at Duke University Medical Center from 1990 to 1994. In 1995, she received a Master's Degree in health sciences from Duke University in order to pursue a career in clinical investigation.

From 1994 to 2004, Dr. Langford was a senior investigator within the Immunologic Diseases Section of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At the NIH, Dr. Langford’s research focused on vasculitic diseases, where she was Principal Investigator for nine vasculitis-related protocols. From 1999 to 2002, Dr. Langford served as Chairman of the NIAID Institutional Review Board in supporting the protection of human subjects. While at the NIH, Dr. Langford received an NIAID Special Act of Service Award in 2001 and was the recipient of NIAID Staff Recognition Awards from 1998 through 2004.

In 2004, Dr. Langford joined Cleveland Clinic to become Director of the Center for Vasculitis Care and Research within the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and was named Vice-Chair of Rheumatology for Research in 2007. In 2011 she became the Harold C. Schott endowed Chair in Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases. 

At Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Langford’s work has continued to focus on patient care and research in vasculitic diseases, including granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener’s), microscopic polyangiitis, eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Churg-Strauss), polyarteritis nodosa, giant cell arteritis, Takayasu arteritis,  and other forms of vasculitis. In 2007, she was awarded an important research contract from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the NIH for concurrent pilot studies in giant cell arteritis and Takayasu’s arteritis. She has additionally received funding from the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network of the NIH to conduct a pilot study in granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener’s) that has led to a multicenter International randomized trial. This study will be conducted in partnership with colleagues in the Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium, a collaborative research network funded by the NIH and the European Vasculitis Society.

Dr. Langford is an active member of the American College of Rheumatology, where she has served on several committees. She was an Associate Editor for Arthritis and Rheumatology, a leading journal in rheumatology, from 2000 to 2005. Dr. Langford serves as a consultant to the Vasculitis Foundation. She has been named one of Cleveland’s Top Doctors by Cleveland magazine.

A frequently invited lecturer at national and international medical meetings, Dr. Langford has authored numerous scientific papers and chapters on vasculitis. She is Co-Editor with Anthony Fauci, MD, for Harrison’s Rheumatology taken from Harrisons’s Principles of Internal Medicine.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC

Fellowship - Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Residency - University of Michigan Health System
Internal Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI

Internship - University of Michigan Health System
Internal Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI

Medical Education - University of California-Los Angeles School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

Undergraduate - University of California-Riverside
Riverside, CA

Additional Training

  • Master of Health Sciences, Duke University, 1995

Professional Highlights

  • Harold C. Schott Endowed Chair in Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases, 2011-Present
  • Research Contract Award, NIAMS, National Institutes of Health, 2007-2015, Principal Investigator for a study entitled “Concurrent Pilot Studies in Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu’s arteritis (TAK) to Examine the Safety, Efficacy, and Immunologic Effects of Abatacept (CTLA4-Ig) in Large Vessel Vasculitis.”
  • Director, Center for Vasculitis Care and Research, Cleveland Clinic, 2004-Present
  • Vice-Chair, Rheumatology for Research, Cleveland Clinic, 2007-Present
  • Senior Investigator, NIAID, National Institutes of Health, 1994-2004
  • Chair, Institutional Review Board, NIAID, National Institutes of Health, 1999-2002


  • Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

Specialty Interests


Awards & Honors

  • Harold C. Schott Endowed Chair, 2011-Present
  • Top Docs in Cleveland, Cleveland magazine, 2006-2014
  • NIAID Staff Recognition Award, 1998-2004
  • NIAID Special Act of Service Award, 2001
  • UCLA Honors in Internal Medicine, 1987
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1984   


  • American College of Physicians
  • American College of Rheumatology
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 4/27/2024, Dr. Langford 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.

Fiduciary Role. Dr. Langford serves in a fiduciary capacity, such as an elected officer, director or chief medical officer, for the following companies or other entities:

  • American College of Rheumatology

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

86 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
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

31 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Dr Langford was awesome in this appointment. She spent a full hour listening to every problem I have and came up with ideas about all of them. It was one of the best experiences I've had with a doctor.

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Love Dr. Langford

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Dr. Langford is the best. Worth driving 2 hrs to see her.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

Dr Langford is a caring and thoughful provider. She listens to my concerns and goes above and beyond in making sure I get scheduled for the consultations/proceedures that I need.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

I have been a patient of Dr. Langfords for many many years and she has always been so very on top of things listens and answers all questions. A true asset to Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

Dr Langford is very caring and never makes me feel like she is in a hurry. She is an awesome doctor who I'm glad to have taking care of me.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2024

Dr Langford is a very knowledgeable, caring and compassionate physician. She listens very carefully and attentively to me. I feel very fortunate to have her as my doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2024

Dr. Langford has always provided excellent care.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

Always a good experience with Dr Langford. Very kind and helpful

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

I've been a patient of Dr Langford for several years and trust her explicitly. Traveled from out of state to see her. Credit her care and expertise of my diagnosis ( EGPA ) with greatly improving my health and ease of day to day living. She's the best!

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

Really appreciate having access to great doctors and easy visits when winter weather takes a turn.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2024

Dr Langford is a wonderful, caring, outstanding doctor

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2023

Dr. Langford is the best care giver I have ever treated with. I am always amazed at the care and attention she provides.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2023

Dr Langford is great

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Dr. Langford is a superb physician period. Tops!

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Doctor Langford is excellent and caring it would be great if you could clone her.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

Dr Langford is outstanding

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023

Dr. Langford is THE BEST !!

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Dr. Langford has been an amazing physician. I owe the quality of my life to her.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Dr. Langford is the very best of the best physicians.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Dr Langford has great attention to detail and follows up on all anomalies.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

. Fully trust dr. Langford with my health she's been my dr for 17 years wouldn't want anyone else she's a gem

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Have never had a physician who gave the high level of care,kindness,humility,listening skills,humor and personal attention that Dr. Langford has. She A++++ in my opinion!

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Dr Langford is an exceptional doctor. She is extremely knowledgeable. She listens attentively and considers how to make my chronic condition more manageable. I am so very fortunate to have her as my doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

I wish every doctor was like Dr. Carol Langford. She truly cares for her patients and follows up with them in a timely manner.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Dr Langford is an amazing care provider. She is very kind, knowledgeable, and communicates very well.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

The health care worker that obtained my vitals was very friendly and efficient.Dr.Langford is very caring and attentive.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Wonderful doctor

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr. Langford always listen to my concerns. She is a wealth of knowledge. She makes me feel comfortable and treat me with respect. I have so much admiration for her. Dr. Langford is truly at the top of her profession, such a kind, caring and compassionate doctor. I owe her my life, she has always been there for me through the good and the bad times with my illness.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Excellent care! Very professional while careing, concerned, and very kind. Hope Dr Langford never leaves Cleveland Clinic!!! I appreciate her, all who cared for me , and this facility in general. I've never had any bad experiences since I have been coming here, and thankfully being diagnosed here. This is a wonderful place, with wonderful caregivers!!!

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

I am lucky to be a patient of such a caring knowledgeable physician.

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