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Department Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, French, Portuguese
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Administration Of Injectable Medications For Osteoporosis
  • Adult Rheumatology
  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Bone Density Testing
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cortisone injections
  • Diagnosis of Osteoporosis
  • Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA)
  • General Rheumatology
  • General Rheumatology including Lupus
  • 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
  • Orthobiologics
  • Rheumatology
  • Steroid Injections
  • Therapeutic Injections
  • Ultrasound-guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
  • Viscosupplementation Injections
View all 31 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • EGPA (Eosinophilic granulomatosis with Polyangiitis)
  • AIDS & HIV
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Arthritic Knee Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist & Hand
  • 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
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) Syndrome
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Gout
  • Gout Arthritis
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (Wegener’s)
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Problems
  • Henoch Schonlein Purpura
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Pain
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Immunosuppression
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Iritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • 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 And Knees In The Elderly
  • Painful Joints
  • Palindromic Rheumatism
  • Panuveitis
  • Polumyalgia Rheumatica
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Polymyositis
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Relapsing Polychondritis
  • Retroperitoneal Fibrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Rheumatoid Vasculitis
  • Sacroilitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondyloarthopathy
  • Spondyloarthropathies
  • Spondylosis
  • Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
  • Systemic Lupus
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Takayasu's Arteritis
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vasculitis
View all 97 Specialties +


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About Alexandra Villa-Forte, MD, MPH

Alexandra Villa-Forte, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Center for Vasculitis Care and Research. She is board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and has a master's degree in public health. Her main interest and professional role is the diagnosis and treatment of vasculitis.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Masters in Public Health
Rootstown, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Vasculitis care and research
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Rio de Janeiro State University


Additional Training

  • Advanced Fellowship in Vasculitis Care and Research
  • Master's Degree in Public Health


  • Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

Specialty Interests


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 3/27/2022, Dr. Villa-Forte 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.

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

61 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 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

65 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2023

Overall I am very pleased with my care from these providers. They are very informative of my diagnosis and treatment and could not be more pleasant.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Dr. Villa Forte was extremely helpful and took time to talk with me about my concerns.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Dr Villa-Forte is the best. She always listens and takes the time to explain different treatment options.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2023

Dr. Villa Forte is amazing. I can't say enough good things about her.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

Dr villa forte is very thorough and pleasant at every appointment.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Dr. VillaForte and staff was amazing. She spent a lot of time listening and explaining my disease, past treatment, and new treatment options. I will be coming in from out of state to begin a new treatment plan

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

The video visit saved me a 2000 mile round trip to visit with the Doctor by live stream. We were discussing how my future treatments should be accomplished.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Dr. VillaForte is an exceptional doctor. She listens and is helpful. She does not dismiss concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dr. Villa is very caring. I was scared and she reassured me. She is worth the 4 hour drive to see her.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dr. Villa Forte was lovely and eased my many worries. I feel cared for and positive about dealing with multiple medical issues. Very pleased with my new doctor!

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

I am so blessed to have Dr. Villa-Forte as a provider.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

So glad to have met her and have her experience!

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

Always a great experience with Dr VellaForte n her group

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

Very glad to have her oversee my treatment.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Dr. Villeforte is an exceptionally good listener. She collaborates well with the patient and makes the patient feel she has a genuine interest in his particular case.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Dr. Villa Forte has been my doctor for over a decade. She's caring, knowledgeable, and is direct while being kind. She asks great questions and cares about me as a whole person.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Exceptional personal care. Dr. Villa-Forte is a treasure.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

We always have a good experience with Dr. Villa Forte. She is very knowledgeable and is a fantastic doctor!

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

I've never had a physician (Dr Villa Forte) spend so much time with me! She was sooooo thorough and answered all my many questions and gave me a once over like I have never had before! She is absolutely fabulous and so caring. Very easy to understand. Doesn't talk over your head.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

Dr. Villa-forte actually spent some time talking and explaining the situation to me, highly unusual in my experience with Cleveland clinic doctors.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2022

Dr Villa Forte is an exceptional physician who has provided me with excellent care.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Dr Villa Forte has been my most important and consequential health provider since she accurately diagnosed my disease many years ago. I fully credit my present day good health to her talent and expertise.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2022

No matter what, Dr VillaForte always takes time to fully answer my questions and address my concerns.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

I have no problem at all with my visit Dr Forte does a great professional job...

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2022

I have nothing but positive things to say about Dr.Villa Forte. She is very smart, She never rushes through our visit! She gives me her undivided attention. Always watching my health, keeping me updated on latest treatments for my illness!

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

Probably the best doctor visit I have ever had. I feel like Dr. Villa-Forte could almost read my mind. Her expertise in my disease is very evident. I am in the best hands. She's also a great explainer of complex things.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Excellent experience, provider took time for answering all questions, exceeded my expectations.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2022

Dr. Villa Forte knew exactly what was wrong when she saw and examined me. She gave me a plan to follow, that will help me stay as well as possible over the next three months. I have not met any other doctor who understands all the manifestations and nuances of GCA, tapering prednisone and the connection to PMR. She also zeros in on what is best for me, not a cookie cutter plan. I feel like she listens so carefully and understands me. She Is a great communicator. For these reasons, I have recommended her highly to other people in the national forum needing more GCA guidance. I'm beyond grateful that she saw me quickly in my urgent situation. I have great confidence in Dr. Villa Forte and the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2022

Dr Villa Forte is super excellent in everything. I certainly appreciate her knowledge of my disease.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2022

We were so pleased with our visit with Dr. Forte. She was so courteous, compassionate and above all knowledgeable and professional. We made a sacrifice traveling from the aDallas area and it was worth it!

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2022

Dr. Villa Forte is the best. She's very concerned for my health and I truly appreciate that.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2022

I had a good time with my doctor

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

Dr Villa Forte is excellent . Appointment was right on time & she took the time to cover all issues

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

We have received Excellent service from Dr. Villa Forte office!

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

Dr. Villa Forte is one the Best Doctors I have ever had.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Love Dr villa forte. She's wonderful. Caring. Great listener.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Dr. Forte always takes her time to listen, she is kind and thorough and we highly recommend her.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Could not say enough good things about *Dr. Villa Forte!!!

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

I always have a great appointment with Dr. Villa-Forte.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Dr. Villa Forte is an excellent, caring, concerned physician. Blessed to have her.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Dr. Villa-Forte and her staff are incredibly caring and sensitive to my needs.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Dr. Villa Forte has become an important factor in my life and in support of my wife as she copes with my illness.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

Dr A Villa Forte has been my physician going on 14 years and has given me excellent care during my healing process.I am blessed to have her as my physician and to be living through the healing process with her in my life...

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

I have had several issues over the last few months, with much of that care being handled in Columbus. She tied all the test results together and made it all very clear and understandable.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2022

Always a good experience with Dr. Villa Forte's office

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2022

Dr. Villa Forte is very concerned about my health and explains in detail

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2022

Dr.Villa Forte is a fantastic resource on information about my very rare disease.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Dr. VillaForte is the best doctor I've ever had. She has my well being g and care as her top priority. She keeps me healthy!!!!!!

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

I would definitely recommend Dr. And staff to all.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

Dr. Villa Forte is an incredible physician and vastly experienced with knowledgeable in her professional field. I consider myself lucky to be under her care. I was treated in a manor that was above and beyond anything I had previously experienced, the level of detail, and preparation in my initial appointment was remarkable. All my questions were throughly answered. A truly exceptional Team!

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

She was very considerate!

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2022

I never felt rushed. Dr Villa-Forte gave me lots of time to think and ask questions.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

As always, Dr. Villa Forte listened to my concerns and worked with me to identify the plan going forward. She is the best! Also, the resident, Dr. Ali, was very warm and a good listener.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Excellent doctor, very knowledgeable, great listener, great discussion reviewing health and options

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Dr Villa Forte is wonderful. She always takes the time to listen and answer questions I have about my illness

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

I would like to thank Patty ( Dr. Villa-Forte's secretary) for all her help.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2022

Dr. Villa Forte is an exceptional practitioner. She is kind and compassionate. She explains everything completely. She is dedicated to providing exceptional care.

Reviewed on May 18, 2022

Dr Villaforte, addressed all my questions and options in a professional manner and fully explained things to my satisfaction.

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Dr Vella Forte alway spends time with me and I never feel rushed in n out I feel she takes very good care of me

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

Dr. Vila Forte is a well respected, caring Doctor and person. Very knowledgable and ask questions to determine my current health. I trust her completely and never doubt her care plan for me.

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

She is a good doctor for me. Really caring. Totally concerned.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

Doctor Villa Forte was thorough when explaining everything and answered questions in a way that I understood. She was professional, yet very kind and caring. I would highly recommend her.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

I frequently recommend Dr Villa Forte

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2022

I drive six hours to see my doctor well worth the time to be able to have such a knowledgeable and caring doctor. More importantly she understands my disease.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2022

Dr. Villa Forte was an incredibly kind and experienced provider. She was knowledgable, explained all aspects of the appointment exceptionally well, and created a patient-centered treatment plan based on my individual symptoms and needs. I would highly recommend Dr. Villa Forte to anyone looking for great rheumatological care.

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