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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 Foot and Ankle
  • 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
  • Foot & Ankle Arthritis
  • 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 99 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

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 4/20/2021, 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

266 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 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

75 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Dr. Villaforte is great

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Dr. Villa Forte akways has answers I trust

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Best Physician ever.

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.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

My doctors office was in charge of making the appointment but it took a very long time for me to get in considering how I am feeling.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Love Dr. Villa-Forte. Trust her immediately!

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

Dr. Villa Forte listens carefully to my concerns and asks questions. She actually gives me a physical exam and looks at me carefully. None of my other doctors (with the exception of my primary care doctor do this. She is the most knowledgeable doctor I have. She is excellent at giving me directions and making sure I understand. She realizes every patient Iis different and treats me as an Individual. I'm so grateful I can get the Cleveland Clinic to see her. I wish you all would open a satellite operation in Dallas, Texas. No one understands GCA here.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

I am very confident and feel very fortunate to have Dr. Villa Forte as my physician. She is very attentive when I explain any issues I may be having. I find that she is very honest and up front with me when we talk about my healthcare as we find solutions to any of the problems I am having.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

I am so glad I came to Cleveland Clinic. I am very confident in all of my doctor's abilities to find solutions to my medical problems. They all work together to find the most positive solution to provide me with better health. Everyone on the staff has always been helpful and caring

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

I could not get an appointment with Dr Ville Forte for over 6 weeks from when I called. When I told Dr Ville Forte this during my appointment she was upset and told me that no patient of hers should wait more than 7 days to see her. She was going to find out who scheduled my appointment

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

I was extremely impressed with Dr Ville Forte! I feel very confident of her care of me and my condition.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Dr. Alexandra Villa-Forte is an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

outstanding. My best caregiver of all physicians.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

appointment was on time. was impressed with knowledge of doctor

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Dr villa forte is a great Dr. listens to my issues and discusses my options

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Dr. Villa Forte is always very kind and supportive. I wouldn't see any other Rheumatologist.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

No bad experience. Dr Villa-Forte is absolutely amazing!

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

Dr. Villa-Forte was very informative as always. She's a very caring doctor and I'm very blessed to have her as my Rheumatologist.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2021

I appreciate the time spent with me during my appointment. I feel like the doctor takes her time and is not rushing me out. Doctor is very thorough.

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

This provider is always exceptional. I am thankful for her and recommend her to people all the time.

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

Dr. Vill-Forte was amazing.

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

Dr Villa Forte is the best!!!!!she's always very attentive and concerned about my condition . Explains everything very well. I share my positive experiences with many people.

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

Dr. Villa Forte was kind and listened to my concerns and questions with respect. I appreciated her clear explanations and direction.

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

fantastic doctor

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

outstanding doctor, very caring and treats me as an important individual, extremely knowledgeable, treats both myself and my wife with respect, kindness and empathy.

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

Dr Alexandra Villa -Forte actually put my wife on speakerphone so we could discuss my condition, answer any questions and outlined a plan of ongoing care. She is a national treasure.

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

Dr Villa Forte is very thorough and answered all my questions. She explains things and makes sure the patient understands the course of treatment. Awesome!

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Dr. is awesome, patient, informative and respectful.

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

have always had an amazing experience..... the care and concern for Kens wellbeing is the reason we continue to drive 3-4 hours to a visit . and a shout out to Dr Villa forte .... she shows compassion and expertise for Ken's disease ...Thank You!!!!!

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Dr. Villa Forte absolutely is thorough and takes her time with you. She is awesome, would recommend her to anyone in need of excellent health care.

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

she is the best doctor ever and a very caring person she is the best

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Dr. Ville Forte answered every question, covered all that needed to be coveered.....gave me all the time I needed.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

my visit was easier than I expected. since it is such a big complex. we didnt wait long to get in to see Dr LaForte. and I liked her. i felt comfortable with her. thats a good thing.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

im glad we came up to see Dr La Forte

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

she is by far the best Physician on the planet.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

Dr. Villa Forte is amazing....she spent a lot of time with me and made some adjustments to medication which are proving to be an improvement. She is always kind and concerning and I would give her an 11 out of 10.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

My doctor is very courteous and mindful about the care I need

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Dr. Villa Forte was patient, compassionate and thorough. I had completed my health questionnaire on line and she went through it line by line. Since my appointment was scheduled within one day, I did not have time to have my medical records faxed from the doctors where I live (Toledo, Ohio). I, therefore, brought to my appointment with her various doctors' notes, lab test results dating back to 1998, and a list of my symptoms and concerns. Dr. Villa Forte carefully reviewed my stack of papers and entered into my record her notes immediately. She wasn't rushed at all with me which I truly appreciated especially since I traveled from Toledo for the visit and especially since I was anxious about the whole day. She examined me physically and asked me questions and "listened" to my answers. I never felt like she was oblivious to my concerns.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

Dr was very thorough, took her time examining me and listening to all my issues. When called office a day later about a question staff put me on hold and got it answered right away

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

We thank *Dr. Forte showed the most respect and care for her patients - Especially us - as patient. She is excellent in all matters and goes the extra mile.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

Dr. Villa Forte is one of the Dr's and staff that have made me feel like I am more than a patient and they are the reason for my returning to the hospital.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

Always a pleasure to talk to the Doctors and specialists as well as the nursing staff. I have been in several different hospitals and Cleveland Clinic main campus is head and shoulders above the rest.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Dr Villa-Forte and Dr Yaseen work very well together. Dr Yaseen asks questions and documents which gives Dr Villa-Forte to also ask questions and observe. Answers all of my questions with care. Having both Dr's in call/appt works well, very thorough and don't feel rushed. Dr Yaseen always responds to my My Chart messages within hours anytime of day or night. So happy and impressed with both of these Dr's. I am very thankful they are in charge of my care and finally feel hopeful about my prognoses. Highly recommend!

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Dr Villa Forte is happy to answer any medical questions. She genuinely cares about your health and well-being.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

I have frequently recommended Dr. Villaforte to family members and friends with RA because she has helped me so much, is extremely friendly, caring, clear in explaining things, and full of knowledge about the latest treatments. When I speak with her, I feel like I am talking to a good, caring friend. I feel that she really enjoys people. She is also encouraging about what I am going through and lets me decide about what new treatments I would like to start.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

Dr. Villa Forte is first a wonderful person and second a fabulous doctor. So knowledgeable and helpful!

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

I have the utmost respect for Dr. Villa-Forte and only the highest praise for her as a physician. There's no one else I trust with my care.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

Dr. Villa-Forte is knowledgeable, professional, and personable.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

Good experience. Dr. Villa Forte was very thorough and answered all my questions.

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