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
  • General Rheumatology
  • General Rheumatology including Lupus
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Infusions Of Biologic Agents On Site
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injections
  • Pericardial Diseases Center
  • Rheumatology
  • Steroid Injections
View all 12 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (Wegener’s)
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA)
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myositis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis Of The Hips And Knees In The Elderly
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Polymyositis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Takayasu's Arteritis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Vasculitis
View all 24 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 - Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Masters in Public Health
Rootstown, OH USA

Medical School - 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 School - Rio de Janeiro State University


Additional Training

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

Specialty Interests


Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 5/24/2018, 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

249 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
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

48 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte spent a lot of time with us. she did not make us feel rushed and answered all our questions.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018

As always, Dr. Villa Forte was exceptional. Her knowledge and experience are unequialled. My wife and I trust her, period,

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2018

While I know there are others who are much worse of than I health wise, Dr Villa-Forte leaves me feeling that my concerns and issues are valid and worthy of her time and expertise.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2018

Dr Villa-Forte was a little behind because of a new patient that needed additional attention. I respect the need to help those whose physical and emotional state may be fragile and need the extra time. For such cases, a simple explanation was provided and was appreciated. I am fine with the wait and hope the patient finds improved health and comfort.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

I see Dr Villa Forte twice a year. My most recent appointment included an exam and a rituximab infusion. She and the staff handled the scheduling and my insurance pre-authorization.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

All were professional and attentive . The doctor who took care of me was a great professional, her name is Alexandra Villa Forte .

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte is excellent! She diagnosed me and feel she literally saved my life.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2018

Dr Vila-Forte was great we couldn't be happier with our decision to make the trip to see her. She gave my son and I peace of mind - I can't Thank her enough.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2018

Due to several conditions I have several specialists/doctors looking out for me. Dr. Villa Forte is the kindest and most thorough.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte provides me with all of my options for treatment and scientific backup for each. She really makes me feel as if I have a full voice in my own health care, but am informed of all risks/rewards of each option. She takes the time to answer any questions/concerns I have and comes in prepared with notes/talking points. She remembers my nuances from visit to visit (even though they are 6 mo. apart). She is extremely knowledgeable and up-to-date on studies.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2018

Dr Villa Forte was running behind that day, but it was worth the wait, as she never rushes you through appointments and answers my questions/concerns fully. She takes the time to listen and explain, so I don't mind waiting for her to do the same for other patients.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2018

I am so grateful to Dr. Villa-Forte as she took the time to listen to all of my issues and give me practical solutions. She is the best provider that I have ever had.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte called me long after hours to discuss the results of the x-rays.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte is worth the wait. She takes the time to listen and respond to her patients. If she does so with me, I would expect, and I know she does, that she would do so with every patient. She is thorough and thoughtful.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2018

waited in clinic waiting area for an hour after appointment time. Doctor was busy and I had to wait 15 minutes before the doctor came into the room.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

Dr Villa Forte is the first physician that has ever listened to what I had to say and believe what I say. the 5 hour trip is very worth it to see her! the lab receptionist was amazing! she made sure I knew how to get around and if I needed anything! both made this trip worth it!

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte was willing to see me as requested by working me in her already full schedule. This courtesy was must appreciated by mef and family members.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2018

Scheduled blood draws have bee made to follow the effects of new medication. A three month appointment will made with Dr. Villa Forte to assess the treatment.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2018

Dr.Villa Forte is an excellent physician, dedicated, compassionate and responsive. The Clinic is lucky to have her and I am so fortunate to be the benefactor of her knowledge and care. She is remarkable.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2018

I have had nothing but excellent care by Dr. Villa Forte and her staff.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2018

Alexandra Villa-forte is an excellent doctor who is well informed about the latest advances in her field. She has a keen ability to properly diagnose issues. I trust her opinions and appreciate her willingness to address all of my questions. She personally returns my phone calls as needed.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2018

I love her she has been the best Doctor I have ever had and the pleasure to know.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2018

excellent doctor

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

our wait time was very long but the nurse kept us in formed and provided us with snacks. when we asked if this long wait time was normal she said that the doctor was in with a new patient like myself and it was a complicated case. she assured us that the doctor would take just as much time with us with me being a new patient. she did. we were very pleased with our visit with the doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte is very professional and so very caring about her patients. there aren't enough adjectives to describe her professionalism, knowledge, genuine caring, and sincerity, and encouragement.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2018

I've had very little wait time with Dr. Villa Forte. her assistant, Patti, is very efficient!

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte was very thorough for my first visit and had an excellent game plan for oversight of my care going forward. Aftet only my first time meeting her, I feel confident she will monitor my ongoing chronic condition very well.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte printed out information about a Dr. I might need to see. Told me about a shot that has been approved for CSS and printed out that information.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte always makes it a good experience. She listens to your concerns about your health and comes up with a good plan.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2018

best doctor I have ever had

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte is Wonderful and Brilliant!

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2018

New doctor, lovely and respectful to me. I had never had a specialist before. She was more that I had every hoped to find., Looking forward to this new relationship and hospital. Thank you.

Reviewed on May 25, 2018

I had to wait a little longer than expected, but it was understandable, and I didn't mind the delay at all. Dr. Villa Forte was very thorough, so I was glad to know ALL patients were receiving the same thorough care as I did.

Reviewed on May 22, 2018

the doctor was running late that day due to emergencies. usually the wait time is very good

Reviewed on May 18, 2018

Dr Villa Forte is knowledgeable and easy to talk to. I really feel she understands my illness and living with it.

Reviewed on May 8, 2018

My primary care doctor referred me to the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Villa Forte was very friendly, through and listened to my health concerns, it was a productive visit and a pleasant experience.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2018

Dr. Forte is terrific. She is a Blessing...

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte took as much time as I wanted to make sure my questions were all asked and my concerns addressed. She explained options and was willing to meet me half way, letting me feel like I had a true voice in the decisions, but pushing me in the right direction.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte is an excellent doctor and is very knowledgeable in the nature of my disease and treatment.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2018

Dr. Villa-Forte is a doctor of exceptional expertise. She exhibits compassion, strength and grace. Not only am I grateful for her care and knowledge, she has a way of inspiring me with her positive nature.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte and her staff is excellent! When I have any questions Dr. Villa Forte always available to answer and help if needed. Her staff try's to schedule appointments around the days I can get there. I am very pleased with Dr. Villa Forte and her staff!!

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte always explains what needs to be done next and what medication would be best in this situation. I never leave the office without knowing the next step. Great Job!

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2018

Dr. Villa-Forte literally changed my life...Numerous doctors in my area tried to determine what was wrong with me for nearly 2 years. This included numerous knee aspirations and even a surgery - and still no diagnosis. When we called Cleveland and met her at the appointment, she was able to determine a diagnois and formulate a plan to improve my quality of life. I have RA. It's well managed and my quality of life is so much better...for me as well as my entire family. Dr. Villa-Forte's team is awesome too...especially Patty!!!! She is so helpful and personable - every single time! CC runs an impressive operation and we're so pleased with all CC has done for us!!!

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2018

dr. Villa-Forte is the best rheumatologist in the country! she knows me and knows my condition perfectly! very knowledgeable and respectful and super kind! i love working with her and look forward to more times being in her care

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte is a wonderful physician, she is thoughtful, dedicated and extremely generous with time. An extraordinary physician.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2018

I have always found the care planning collaborative. Dr. Villa Forte ensures that she provides the necessary education and does not rush your decision making, empowering the patient to be an active participant in the decision process.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2018

Very informative and thorough in informational follow-up!!!

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2018

Dr. V-F is always very through and I am lucky to be her patient.

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