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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
  • Immunology
  • Infusions Of Biologic Agents On Site
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injections
  • Rheumatology
View all 9 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • EGPA (Eosinophilic granulomatosis with Polyangiitis)
  • Behcet's Disease
  • Central Nervous System Vasculitis
  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (Wegener’s)
  • Henoch Schonlein Purpura
  • Iritis
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA)
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Rheumatoid Vasculitis
  • Takayasu's Arteritis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Uveitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Wegener Disease
  • Wegener’s Granulomatosis
View all 18 Specialties +


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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

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 5/9/2021, 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

101 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

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Dr. Langford sets the bar high for care givers. She is thoughtful in her approach, clearly explains medical status, and provides guidance for future treatments. I am blessed to treat with her.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Dr. Langford is an amazing physician! She is an expert in the area of my medical problem. She shows concern, empathy, and is never rushed through the visit. Know I would not have done as well with any other physician!

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

Dr. Langford was very attentive and thorough. Best rheumatologist

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

Dr. Langford was very attentive and thorough.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

Can't say I've ever had a better doc to deal with.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

The doctor has always evidenced a deep concern for my wellbeing.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

Dr.Langford is the most knowledgeableAnd caring doctor I have ever met.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

I have a wonderful appointment Doctor Langford every time I visit. She always answers questions and gives me adequate time. She is a great care provider.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

I have the highest regard or Dr. Langford. She always carefully responds to all of my concerns and answers all of my questions.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021


Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Dr. Langford is an excellent listener and works with me to administer the most careful effective treatment

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Dr. Langford is a genuine, passionate caregiver and treats me as a valued patient.

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

Dr Langford was very thorough and took time to make sure all my questions and concerns were addressed

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

can't say enough good about Dr Langford and her staff

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

Dr.langford is always helpful, never in a hurry is an excellent provider.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

Dr. Langford is great.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

I was pleased that I was able to get a video appointment. Dr Langford was very helpful as always, and I feel fortunate to be able to contact her when I have questions.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

#5 proposed treatment is still an ongoing discussion. My visit to Dr. Langford was one of the very best doctor experiences of my entire lifetime. She was a good listener, comforting in her gentle approach and sensitive to all my concerns. Her passion for and dedication to the great work she does was evident. I look forward to having her manage my case going forward.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Dr. Langford is kind, caring and very, very smart. She shows a genuine concern for my health, and quality of life, living with my chronic illness. if I could give her a higher rating than 5 I would!

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Dr. Langford is absolutely wonderful and I am very grateful to be in her care.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2021

I always appreciate Dr Langfords input into the care I'm receiving. it often confirms we are going in the right direction or that we need to make some adjustments. very much appreciate.

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2021

Dr. Langford is the ultimate care provider.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

Dr. Langford is very responsive and accommodating .

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2020

The staff at the main campus is outstanding. At every level: check in, X ray, MRI, nurses and doctors are exceptional.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Dr. Langford is the best.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Dr. Langford is a genuine, caring individual. l am thankful I get to treat with her. She is an outstanding caregiver.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Dr Langford is an exceptional doctor. it is evident how much she cares about each & every patient. she always takes time to discuss future health decisions, so I really feel a part of my medical treatment

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Dr. Langford and her staff were exceptional.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Dr. Lanford spent almost 4 hours with me. She was very thorough and did a great job explaining the details of my medical condition.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

Dr. Langford has always provided excellent care for me. She follows up with me and always promptly returns my calls and messages. Beyond excellent!!

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