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

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

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

  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (Wegener’s)
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA)
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Takayasu's Arteritis
  • Vasculitis
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About Carol Langford, MD, MHS, FACP

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
Durham, NC USA

Fellowship - Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC USA

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

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

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

Undergraduate - University of California-Riverside
Riverside, CA USA

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 5/16/2020, 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

81 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

28 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

Dr. Langford is excellent!

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

Dr. Langford has always been empathetic, compassionate and kind. Her knowledge, plan, and communication style is superb. I am always comfortable here. Every experience has been great- treating me like it matters that I am there. Genuine concern.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

I haven't seen dr. Langford since 2007 for wegener's granulomatosis, she's the best!

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Dr. Langford saved my life seven years ago and we are eternally grateful and will continue to see her.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Dr Langford is wonderful!!!Very caring and knowledgeable!!!

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Dr. Langford is always wonderful!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

I couldn't be more pleased with my care by Dr. Langford and the Cleveland Clinic! Thank you!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

Dr. Langford is a "Rock Star"! She saved my life!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

my physician and her staff are very professional caring and prompt in getting back to you. I am very pleased in my care with Dr. Langford

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

Dr. Langford is the very best example of an excellent physician, She goes above and beyond and her attention to detail care for her patient goes without saying. She is the best professional, caring and compassionate and I am thankful and grateful that she is my physician. She is surely a gift for CCF. Thank you Dr. Langford for everything thing you do for your patients. You are very much appreciated.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2020

When I leave a message for Dr C. Langford, she ALWAYS returns my call. She is devoted to her patients! She works collaboratively with the schedulers to address any necessary appointments.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2020

Dr C. Langford has cared for my many health issues. She is a specialist in her field. Communicates exceptionally well. She is professional and kind. She provides a holistic approach to treatment and follow up.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Dr Langford is the most thorough and most perceptive doctor I have ever had. She is an asset to CCF! I am so fortunate to have her as my doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

dr . Langford is kind and understanding

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

dr Langford has always been very caring and concerned

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

I was there for a quite rare condition. My provider explained things so well.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

Dr. Langford is always very attentive to my requests and personally calls me back.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2019

We are so thankful that we researched the Cleveland Clinic and contacted to the right doctors to care for our child. we wanted a second opinion after doctoring with UPMC Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. All the doctors were knowledgeable, aggressive in their approach, but very thorough in their explanations and reasons to treat our son. the appointments were set up in an organized fashion and it was nice to see so many doctors in different fields of expertise. we are not completely out of the woods yet, but by coming to Cleveland Clinic, we are much closer to the solving and treating the problem. I would highly recommend this hospital and believe it is one of the best places to be treated!

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Dr. Langford called me very quickly to confirm that I could see her after my tests.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Dr. Langford wanted to see me before the end of the year and called me at 6:00 PM on a Monday to evening to see when I was available. I told her I was off on Wednesday and she said she would see me that day and let her schedulers know. She has done this for me multiple times over the last several months, among othe things. Dr. Langford is simply amazing!

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

My experience with Dr. Langford and her office have been all great! She is caring, she listens and she has gone out of her way for me time and again!

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Best, as always, Dr Langford, has, and continues to be a life saver!!!

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2019

Dr. Langford revealed herself to be a caring and understanding physician.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

i love dr. Carol Langford. period. she is there for me 24 hours a day. much appreciated IF i ever need her during off hours. i can't say enought positive things about how she has helped save my life through her work.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

love her...she is the greatest. wish other doctors would follow her ways.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

Dr Langford is one of the most caring providers. she is very compassionate and a great communicator.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

dr Langford is the best. knowledgeable. caring. instills confidence

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

I think Dr. Langford is amazing! She genuinely cares about her patients, is very thorough and always answers any questions and concerns you may have. She is my favorite doctor. I think she is awesome and has helped me so much over the past few years. She called the EMS squad one time and they took me right to the emergency room from her office during a visit with her. She was aware of my condition and what had to be done. She is truly amazing!

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