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


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Administration Of Injectable Medications For Osteoporosis
  • Bone Density Testing
  • General Rheumatology
  • General Rheumatology including Lupus
  • Hryaluronic Acid (HA)
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Infusions Of Biologic Agents On Site
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation Center
  • Orthobiologics
  • Pericardial Diseases Center
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 15 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • 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
  • Autoinflammatory Syndromes
  • Bursitis
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Foot & Ankle Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Ligament Strains/Tears
  • Lupus
  • Muscle Aches/Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis Of The Hips And Knees In The Elderly
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Polymyositis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Scars
  • Scleroderma
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
View all 38 Specialties +


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About M. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH

M. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, is Vice Chair of Rheumatology and Director, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center. She is a Staff Physician in the Orthopedic and Rheumatologic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Husni is also an Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Husni joined the Clinic in 2005 following a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital. She completed her internship and residency at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital at Harvard Medical School, and she trained in Rheumatology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Husni received her MD and MPH degrees at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Husni's research interests include examining health outcomes of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and osteoarthritis, specifically in the area of cardiovascular disease. She is the current recipient of the Clinical Investigator Award by the American College of Rheumatology for this work. She is involved in a number of rheumatology clinical trials at Cleveland Clinic and serves on the Executive Committee of the PRECISION trial.

She also has a research focus on orthopaedic outcomes with a specific research interest in the use of clinical pathways in patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty. She is a past recipient of the Physician Scientist Development Award by the American College of Rheumatology for this research. She is currently Director of Musculoskeletal Outcomes research and the fellow's research committee for the Rheumatology Department.  She is currently on the medical and scientific committee for the Arthritis Foundation of the Northeastern Ohio Chapter. She is also on the medical board of the Arthritis Foundation and the National Psoriasis Foundation Dr. Husni has had the opportunity to mentor both rheumatology and orthopedic research trainees and this has been one of her most rewarding experiences.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston, MA USA

Residency - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School
Internal Medicine
Boston, MA USA

Internship - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School
Internal Medicine
Boston, MA USA

Medical School - Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA USA

Graduate - Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA USA

Undergraduate - Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA USA

Additional Training

  • Masters in Public Health with a concentration in health outcomes research/health services research

Professional Highlights

  • Director, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Treatment Center
  • Director, Clinical Outcomes Research


  • Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

Specialty Interests

Osteoarthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint pain, use of complementary and alternative medicine for arthritis and health outcomes research

Awards & Honors

  • Physician Scientist Development Award
  • Clinical Investigator Award
  • Faculty award for excellence in tearching-Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School


  • 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 6/15/2018, Dr. Husni 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. Husni receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • Lilly USA, LLC

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

89 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
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2018

Dr Husni is the best. Listens, explains everything and I recommend her and the CC when possible.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018

Dr. Husni provided the best medical experience I've ever had. She took time to explain my test results and ask questions to understand my symptoms. She was kind and patient. I truly enjoyed my experience and felt confident in her advice. Dr. Husni is a tremendous asset to the Clinic

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2018

I always have a great experience with Dr. Husni

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2018

this doctor is delightful! so willing to help you.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2018

very good experiences with Cleveland Clinic. I was early for this appointment as I live near Yoingstown, Ohio and the Dr. saw me early.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2018

Dr. Husni is caring professional and follow-up in regards to medications and general healthcare. Whenever, I have a health concern, she either calls or have her staff follow-up with me and then have an appointment scheduled to address the issue. she has been my Rheumatologist for over 12 years and has been an excellent physician. Her staff is also vigilant in follow-up with labs and records.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2018

My visit with Dr Husni was excellent. She listens attentively to what you have to say and gives you her recommendations or options.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2018

Longer than usual wait. They were double-booked. I felt rushed once I saw the doctor.

Reviewed on May 31, 2018

Dr. Husni was incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and extremely patient oriented.

Reviewed on May 31, 2018

Dr. Husni was right on time.

Reviewed on May 31, 2018

Dr. Husni brought in one of her colleagues to speak about my issue.

Reviewed on May 31, 2018

Dr Husni is attentive, concerned, and made me feel hopeful regarding my degenerative osteoarthritis, offering me other meds n physical therapy I can do to control the progression of the arthritis.

Reviewed on May 31, 2018

I have complete confidence in Dr Husni. She is a wonderful Dr.

Reviewed on May 16, 2018

Dr. Husni is at all times professional, highly competent, and caring. The intern working with her on this visit was also professional, highly detail-oriented, very competent, and easy to work with.

Reviewed on May 10, 2018

*Dr. Husni is excellent. Explains everything very well. She is what all physicians should aspire to be.

Reviewed on May 9, 2018

It took a while and Dept Chair's intervention to find Dr. Husni. She is outstanding. She has great insight, which goes beyond her field. Her advice has been very helpful.

Reviewed on May 9, 2018

Since medication is not a solution for my concern, Dr. Husni respects my efforts to seek other avenues to at least limit the effects of that which I have to deal with. She already helped me immensely with advice.

Reviewed on May 9, 2018

I drive 400 miles round trip to see this provider. Dr. Husni is OUTSTANDING! I've sought a rheumatologist in the Detroit area near my home to save the long drive to Cleveland as I age. No dice!! Dr Husni is worth the drive. I won't be changing to another doctor anywhere!!

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2018

Dr. Husni is an attentive listener; great eye contact; engaged in dialogue and answered all questions; open to receiving research information from the National Institute of Health. I feel fortunate to have Dr. Husni as my physician.

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