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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

251 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

74 Patient Comments

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

Dr. Vill-Forte was amazing.

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 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.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

she is an excellent Doctor but my experience to schedule an apartment was not good

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

very good Doctor and staff My condition makes it hard to diagnose

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

always a postive, informative and hopeful discussion of my health. Dr Villa Forte is always personable and caring.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

a very caring physician

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2020

extremely pleased with the quick response from Dr Villa Forte with my health problem. She immediately started a health plan and set up referrals with another physician for my care. Was extremely pleased and hoping we can come to a diagnosis and plan of treatment.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

Dr. Villa Forte and her staff consisting of Pattie and Kim do a remarkable job. I am thankful for their professionalism, their kindness, flexibility and ability to talk with them.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

dr Villa forte is a very qualified & caring physician -excellent!

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

I have already recommend *Dr. Villa Forte to two people. I cannot say enough good about her.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2020

Dr. Villa Forte has been and continues to be a significantly positive factor in my life. She truly helps both my wife and me cope with my disease; she is a blessing in our lives.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2020

Dr. Villa-Forte took the time to go over my new symptoms and explain a game plan of how to tackle them. I am grateful for her time.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2020

Dr Villaforte is always accessible and helpful. couldn't ask for anything better

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

Doctor Villa- Forte is wise , kind and concerned for the whole person not just your illness

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

Due to the pandemic, my wife wasn't allowed to accompany me to the appointment. The doctor allowed me to call her and put her on speaker to be able to participate. That really put my wife at ease.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020

I love how accessible Dr. Villa Forte is and her understand and care.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2020

very helpful being able to get visit by virtual visit .Doctor addressed all concerns and did good assessment .

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

Great Dr. She is the reason I'm still here. So glad to do video at this Covid 19 time. It's 4 hr. 1 way to clinic. Miss the in person, but with no immune system this was great. Thanks.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

I moved and I come back every year just to see Dr Villa-Forte. She has always treated me as a person and asks about all aspects of my life and not just my problem/concerns/illness.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Excellent Dr.! Very knowledgeable and personable!

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

There is no better doctor

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

Dr. Villa Forte is always wonderful! She shows respect and listens to me. I never feel rushed. With my rare autoimmune disease I feel I am fortunate to have such a qualified doctor treating me.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Dr. Villa-Forte has gone out of her way to make me feel comfortable. She is always very understanding and really takes her time to listen to me.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

Dr VillaForte is a very dedicated doctor. You can tell by the way she treats you when in her care. She takes the time to really listen and considers your viewpoint in her treatment. She is very personable too. I would highly recommend her.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

very pleased with Dr Forte she answers all questions I present to her

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

Dr Villa Forte is simply the best!!!

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

I have had great success in getting a hold of Dr. Villa-Forte or getting in to see her!

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Dr VillaForte is the best - bar none!!

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

Care Provider address all questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Patricia, Dr. Villa Forte's secretary is extreme professional, helpful, courteous and kind.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Dr. Villa Forte is the BEST! she answers every question, is thorough in examination, keeps me informed of the latest research of my disease. she is professional, compassionate, kind, and caring. Dr.Villa Forte is a true asset to Cleveland Clinic! thank you!!

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

My appointment was made by Dr. Polston and, since Dr. Villa Forte is very busy, I waited awhile to get in to see her. It was well worth the wait

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

DR. Villa Forte gave me hope

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

This was one of the most in depth and thorough doctors visits I have ever had. The Dr. took the time to talk with me in depth and explain everything that will happen. Very happy with the service.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Dr Villa Forte is the best doctor. she is smart, thorough, compassionate and kind.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

The personal and professional care given were essential to my sense of well being. I have a real trust in Dr. Villa-Forte in healing experience.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Dr. Villa Forte is a great listener and is very concerned about my overall health.

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