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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
  • Bone Density Testing
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cortisone Injections
  • Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA)
  • General Rheumatology
  • 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
  • Osteoporosis Diagnosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Rheumatology
  • Steroid Injections
  • Therapeutic Injections
  • Ultrasound-Guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 29 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • AIDS
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Hip
  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • 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
  • Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (EGPA)
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF)
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Gout
  • Gout Arthritis
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (Wegener’s)
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Problems
  • Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Pain
  • HIV
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Immunosuppression
  • Iritis
  • Joint Pain
  • 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 in the Elderly
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knees in the Elderly
  • Painful Joints
  • Palindromic Rheumatism
  • Panuveitis
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica with Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Relapsing Polychondritis
  • Retroperitoneal Fibrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease
  • Rheumatoid Vasculitis
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Spondylosis
  • Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Takayasu's Arteritis
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vasculitis
View all 91 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

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Vasculitis care and research
Cleveland, OH

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH

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

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 4/10/2024, Dr. Villa-Forte 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.

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

315 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

101 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2024

Dr. Villa-Forte is a fabulous Dr. She Is skilled, careful, thorough, and completely reliable. And she's so interesting to talk with!

Reviewed on May 30, 2024

Such amazing treatment by dr villa forte!!! Thank you

Reviewed on May 29, 2024

Dr. Ville a forte and her office have been so helpful and easy to work with!

Reviewed on May 28, 2024

Dr Villa-Forte was very engaging. She listened carefully to my symptoms and included me in decisions on medications, and ongoing care. I felt heard, which is hard to find with doctors these days. She's very caring and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on May 21, 2024

Dr Villa Forte always listens and spends adequate time. Never rushed.

Reviewed on May 20, 2024

Dr. Villa Forte was one of the most knowledgeable, patient and caring providers I have ever seen. I was so appreciative of her care and concern for me as a patient. I would highly recommend her and believe she will help me with my medical issues.

Reviewed on May 20, 2024

Dr. Was very nice. Was very thorough with exam. Explained everything to me, and answered questions I had.

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

I did not schedule my appointment with Dr Ville Forte's staff. I made my appointment using MyChart. I found it to not be a flexible as it was in my past interactions, hence my "fair" ratings. When I go through Dr Ville Forte's office directly the response and interactions are very, very good!!

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

Dr Ville Forte is extremely respectful and an excellent listener. I was able to express any concerns and received a comprehensive exam with her explaining every aspect to me.

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

Outstanding doctor. Caring, informative.

Reviewed on May 2, 2024

Dr. Villa-Forte is a wonderful caring doctor. I am so lucky to have her as my physician.

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Dr. Villa-Forte has always been excellent with her level of care for me as patient.

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Outstanding care and information. She explains everything in detail and in terms that we know.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

Primary doctor took are of all this.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

It took me 6 weeks to see my wonderful dr Vella forte ! But she was worth the wait

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

She was excellent ! Very personable, great educator to both my husband and I. Reassuring. Looked as me as a whole patient and very concerned for my well - being. I'm an FNP, BC and she treated me as a patient and yet acknowledged me as NP. She was great to reach out to other specialists as appropriated. We want her to continue to follow up with me. .

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2024

Dr. Villa-Forte is the most knowledgeable and caring doctor that I have ever had.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2024

I've seen quite a number of specialists in the past two years but have never met anyone like Dr Villa-Forte. She was so kind and compassionate. She took the time to listen to my every word and concern. She "heard" me and didn't rush through. I had a large amount of documents with all of the tests and she carefully reviewed them asking questions and made sure I understood what I was going through.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

Dr villa Forte is wonderful. She explains and answers all questions

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

She really cares about me and wants me to be better

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2024

Doctor Villa Forte is the ideal physician. She is thoughtful, caring and thorough. I am grateful to be under her care.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

I traveled from Louisiana because Dr Villa Forte came highly recommended on how to treat my PAN. She did not disappoint! She was very knowledgeable & explained the disease & potential side effects with me. It has taken me 4yrs to finally get answers with a hopeful treatment. I feel very confident in her. It was worth every penny to travel to see her!

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

Dr Alexandria Villa-Forte listened to my concerns, competently reviewed my latest tests, discussed my options and wisely advised me as to the best treatment. I feel blessed that she is my primary Physician for my illness and have and will continue to highly recommend her.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2024

She was very informative and thorough while going through our history and current issues. She was genuinely sincere with trying to find out what was wrong and to help ease our minds with everything. This is the first doctor visit in a very long time that we have felt like someone cared and also knew what they were doing.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2024

Dr Villia Forte and her staff are quick and very efficient

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2024

Dr Villia Forte is the kindest Dr. I have ever had she listens answers questions and never rushes you

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2024

Very good I should say excellent I love Dr Villa Forte and her staff

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2024

An excellent Doctor in all aspects.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Dr. Villa Forte is very thorough and carefully covers all my issues.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2024

Dr Villa Forte is the best physician I have encountered in my lifetime. (I am a retired RN)I appreciate the care she provides me and has provided me over the last 15 years!!Thank you!!

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024

Dr. Villa Forte is the most caring physician who listens and thinks out of the box. She exudes confidence and wants to helpYou feel your best.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024

Dr. Villa Forte has impeccable bed side manner. I know I am receiving the best care. She is the best.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024

Excellent physician. Caring and knowlegable. No downsides at all. Meeting all my expectations.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2024

The experience was very very good top-notch doctor. I feel she took her time and explain things and I feel in my heart that she will be there for my difficult future. I am waiting a report back from her on all the testing. God bless her and Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2024

Dr. forte was incredible. I just hope she comes through for me with a plan and I can get better.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

My overall experience was excellent, Dr. Villa Forte always provides the best care.The attending nurse provided the best care in taking my vitals and reviewing my current medicines - she was very professional and also personable.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Dr. Villa Forte spends time with you and never makes you feel rushed out the door or that your problems are not a concern. I appreciate the time she takes to discuss things.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2024

Dr Villa Forte, wonderful example a doctor should always be.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Dr. Forte saved my life!

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Dr Villa Forte is a great doctor and is very thorough

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Dr. Villaforte is very thorough with her patients. I have been very pleased with the health care that I have received from her.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Very thorough doctor

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2024

Best doctor

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2024

She is amazing!!!

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2024

Dr VillaForte excellent physician

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2024

Dr Villa-Forte is the best doctor I have ever had. She's very knowledgeable and she listens to her patients. I always feel respected. She's an asset to Cleveland clinic

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

I traveled from Florida for the excellent care and knowledge of Dr Villa Forte.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

She is the most compassionate and professional doctor I have ever had!

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

Excellent caring physician.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

She always makes me feel like I'm her only patient.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2023

I feel very fortunate to be treated by Dr. Villa-Forte.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr Villa Forte is a great doctor

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

Dr Villa-Forte spent over an hour explaining things to me....she is wonderful

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

Excellent doctor very caring discusses all concerens

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023

Dr. Villa Forte is above and beyond when it comes to working with me and for me.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

Once able to communicate with the Dr. Everything went well

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

Dr. Villa Forte is the Best!

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

Great doctor

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

I wish I could check a box that says "super excellent"! Dr VillaForte excels in all of the above choices. She makes you feel like you are a family member and she shows that she wants to listen and analyze every detail of your condition. Have never felt more comfortable in a doctor's competence and attention.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023


Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

Dr. Villa-Forte was extremely caring and accommodating as I have a very complicated case ranging across several disciplines. She is truly a "stand-out."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

Anytime I send a message to Dr. Villa-Forte on My Chart she gets back to me quickly

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

My husband and I drive 3 1/2 hours to get to Dr. Villa-Forte. I have often thought I should find someone closer to home but I haven't been able to bring myself to do it. Dr. Villa-Forte listens to my concerns and includes my thoughts on any treatment changes

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Very knowledgeable and caring doctor

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Dr forte was so detailed kind n informative. She took so much time to listen ask questions and carefully consider next step. Really like her personally n professionaly

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Dr. Villa Forte is an amazing practitioner! She is very knowledgeable and caring. She helped me before, during and after the appointment. I wish all doctors were like her!

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

She explained my diagnosis and how It was obtained in a way that made It was for me to comprehend it. She has a very kind demeanor that makes me feel comfortable asking her questions as well.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

Dr. Villa Forte is a wonderful listener and answers each of my questions thoroughly. She is very knowledgeable about new research and areas of study regarding my disease and shares those with me.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

Dr Villa Forte was such a compassionate person. Highly skilled in her field and was able to diagnose and make a plan of care for me. I would highly recommend her and the clinic

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Dr. Villa Forte was excellent in every area. A wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr Villa Forte was amazing. She took the time to explained everything very thoroughly and made sure we understood why we were there and what our next step needed to be.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

My Appointment with Dr Alexandra Villa Forte was Very Helpful and Enlightening, While there has yet been a Resolution to be determined why the of My Skin Issue. While there may Possibly be Additional Research Necessary to determine the Outcome. I am Very Pleased with Dr. Villa Forte, taking time in being concerned about helping to get to the Dr. Who may be helpful in determining my Skin Issue.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

The Rating of Dr Forte Shows how Pleased I am as to the Concern and Potential Care She has shown In getting to the Root of My Medical Issue

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2023

Excellent physician. I drive from Ann Arbor to see her - she is the best doctor I have had in my 82 years!!!

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Dr VillaForte is the best. I drive from Harrisburg PA to see her because it is worth it. I know she cares & does a great job explaining.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Dr Villa-Forte is unmatched when it comes to her care and knowledge of vasculitis. We have tried to make locl doctors work in Columbus, but we are now happy to drive to Cleveland.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Provider listened and addressed all of my questions, providing a path forward. Exceptional experience with provider!

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

She is incredible- truly one of a kind. I am grateful!

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

I couldn't be more pleased with my care. Both providers have been informative and helpful through this ordeal.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

I don't believe that I have ever had a more positive experience with a physician. My wife and I are delighted that I am now under Dr. Villa Forte's care.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2023

Great Doctor and staff

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Always get great responses from Dr Villa Forte's group

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Have complete faith in Dr Villa Forte

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

She was absolutely amazing! I was sent to her for a second opinion and found out I was in remission. Best news ever! Thank you!

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr Villa Forte was very receptive to any questions I had and was very thorough

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

Dr. Forte was very thorough

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

Dr Villa Forte is excellent in care. I appreciate her very much.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023

She is very thorough and listened to my concerns.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

The best doctor

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

I've never had a doctor who asked me do I have any questions. Dr. Forte asked me several times. She is very thoughtful.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

Was one of the best doctor visits I have ever had. Efficient but caring and informative.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr. Villa Forte is the best doctor I've ever had in my adult life. The caliber in one appointment surpassed the quality of care I've had by all my previous rheumatologists. I wish I made the change to Cleveland Clinic a long time ago. I am optimistic about my care and journey now that I am in Dr. Villa Forte's care.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr. VillaForte was excellent at making it happen.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Dr. Villa-Forte is very thorough, caring and very helpful. It's always a pleasure to see her.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

I have recommended her to others. She's an excellent Rheumatologist and very caring.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

Dr Villa Forte is so knowledgeable on my illness and listens and explains so well.. So great fun for her help and understanding

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2023

Dr. Villa Forte is always wonderful! I feel confident in her care. I have had a cough for a long time and she is working to discover the cause.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2023

She made me feel a LOT better about what I had experienced and what I was experiencing. She was very understanding of my anxiety around my condition and spent time explaining what I could expect in the future.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2023

I love Dr. Villa Forte and I'm so, so thankful to have her as my doctor for my vasculitis.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

Outstanding and caring doctor and staff

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

Dr. Villa-Forte is a true blessing in my life as I deal with a serious chronic disease. I believe that she has not only saved my life but that she has significantly enhanced my life.

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