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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

Medical Education - 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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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

230 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

64 Patient Comments

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 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.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2022

Dr. Villa Forte is an excellent doctor. She has proper knowledge about what she is doing, patience and respect for her patient.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Very good doctor

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2022

Dr. Villa-Forte always takes her time to explain "why" about medicines, test results and care.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Dr. Villa-Forte is a fantastic doctor. She is an expert immunologist who shows concern, empathy and a real interest in her patient.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Dr Villa Forte listens to all your questions and concerns!! She is so knowledgeable on my autoimmune

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Very happy with Dr Forte

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

It was difficult to get on Dr Villa Fortes schedule and I wanted 6 weeks for an appointment

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

The past several months have been frustrating for me to find the right care. Dr. Villa Forte was a breath of fresh air and I felt for the first time that I was on the right track to diagnosing and treating my condition.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2021

I felt she rushed me thru the appointment, did not show me respect for my condition. The doctor was not helpful and my issue was never resolved.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

Dr Ville Forte gave me a very thorough exam and explanation of next streps. She is a an example of clinical, professional and kind excellence!

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

Always great to see Dr. Villa-Forte. She really listens and understands everyone is different

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2021

Dr. Villa Forte is an excellent provider who treats you with dignity, respect, compassion and concern for your medical problems. I'm so thankful that I found her and i gladly drive the 90 miles from my home for my appointments with her.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2021

I love Dr. VillaForte. She takes the time to dig into what is going on and analyzes my current state to determine the next steps. She is awesome!

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Dr. Villa-Forte is a genuine blessing in my life. I have a serious disease and she cares for me and my wife with exceptional compassion

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

My provider was excellent, very effective, and very informative.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

Only problem is I emailed the Dr 5 days ago and no response.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Dr. Villa Forte akways has answers I trust

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Dr.Villa Forte is great, been struggling for years and through different Drs. To figure out my problems, within an hour she explained what she thought was the problem and I feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel now. Thank you Dr Villa Forte and Cleveland Clinic for the opportunity to come see you and give me hope.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

I was very pleased with Dr Villaforte knowledge on my auto immune disease. She helped me to understand more on the previous diagnosis I had been given. She seems like she will be very thorough in making sure my concerns are resolved

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Dr. Villaforte is great

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Best Physician ever.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

I felt a sense of knowledge and relief about my health issues and now I feel at ease moving forward with Dr. Villa Forte, who was soo compassionate, kind, respectful and professional.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Dr. Villa-Forte is always willing to answer your questions.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Dr. Villa Forte spent a long listening and checking my condition. I left feeling we had a good plan for the first steps of my treatment.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Dr Villa-Forte is absolutely the best doctor I have ever had!

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

The visit with Dr, Forte was excellent. She was caring and compassionate with my issue. She thoroughly review and discussed my medical issue with me. She discussed a course of action which she thought best for me. Can't say enough about Dr. Forte.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

The best Dr I ever seen in my entire life.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

I have always had the best medical care and experience with Dr. Villa Forte and her staff.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Dr. Villa Forte is an excellent physician and I have full confidence in Her when it comes to My care.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

She is an excellent doctor who care for her patient also she knows very well what she is doing. Also she is very kind and gentle with her patient.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

*Dr. Villa Forte is the most compassionate and caring physician!!!!

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

I've been coming to see Dr Villa Forte for 14 years now...wouldn't trust any other doctor with my Wegener's...she listens to my concerns...answers all my questions...even when emailed she returns an answer promptly...on top of all that she's just a really nice person!!

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Dr. Villa Forte and her office are very receptive.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Dr. Villa Forte is excellent. She's very concerned about her patients and their well being. Wonderful bed side manner.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Dr. Villa Forte is very caring and professional. She listens and answers any concerns and one never feels rushed.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

Dr. Forte has always been excellent at listening to me and explaining any treatments with patience and understanding

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

I felt this doctor showed genuine concern and a willingness to help me.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

Dr. Villa-Forte was superb! She answered all of our questions and we did not feel rushed. I wish she had been my Dr. At the onset of my disease!

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

I appreciated that Dr Villa-Forte had read all the materials/letters/reports before seeing me! She was detailed in our discussions and apreciated that I wanted to be a partner in making decisions about the care of my Behcet's Disease. She also did a physical exam! So many doctors in my home town don't do so. She was exacted what I think doctors should be! I'm very pleased.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Dr. Villa-Forte was very thorough and had patience when answering my questions.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Dr. Villa forte was wonderful! She knew so much about my condition. She asked a lot of questions and encouraged me to express what I was feeling . She explained some possible courses of action. She is friendly and empathetic.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

Dr Villa-Forte is the best! She, and lots of prayers, saved my life and at the very least gave me my quality of life back. God bless her, her staff, and the Clev Clinic

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Dr. Villaforte is excellent. I'd recommend her to anyone.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2021

Dr Villa-Forte is an amazing physician. She's the best doctor I have ever had. She's brilliant. She listens very carefully to her patients. She has done so much to try and help me improve my quality of life. I highly recommend her.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

I was very happy with Dr. Villa Forte. Very though and I didn't feel rushed.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Excellent physician. Trust her

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Dr Villa Forte is a God send! She came highly recommended by other patients and I now see why! We traveled from another state to see her and it was certainly worth it. My condition is very scary and I had a million questions. Dr did more for me in the hour + she spent with me (another enormous difference from other care providers) she answered all of my questions as tho I was the first person to ever ask them... Which we know is not the case given her expertise in treating this condition. She didn't give me rehearsed or scripted answers, she was so so patient and kind and showed me genuine concern. Her treatment plan for me is one that I comfortable with now that someone has explained is to me in a way I can discern. I am beyond grateful to have her as my Dr and know how blessed I am to now be a patient of hers.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Staff is good. Doctor is good. Cleveland Clinic itself can use some recommendations

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Dr Villa Forte is very knowledgeable and kind. She takes extra time to answer any questions and to be sure she explains very thoroughly. She also is very thorough In her exam.

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