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 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 5/19/2019, 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

291 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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

66 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

Dr. Villa Forte was completely lovely. She asked me lots of questions about my background and my condition. She asked about all the prescriptions I've take and even "Ok, so how did you feel on this drug?". She asked my parents about family history and she took a lot of notes herself. She didn't make someone else do it and then quite glance at their notes. She listened to everything we had to say and our concerns. She made us feel very welcome and she seemed like she actually cared. I've been dealing with my health issues for 6 years now and she's like "We're going to get this taken care of." I think we all wanted to burst in tears. She never gave the inclination that she couldn't help me.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Visit with Doctor could not have been better. informative and responsive to all questions

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

Dr.Villa Forte is absolutely amazing. She is the kindest and most knowledgeable physician. She is truly invested in patient care.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

Dr Villa-Forte always demonstrates personal care and concern. I always leave my appointments feeling assured that I am receiving the best possible care.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

Dr. A Villa-Forte continues to provide professional care including follow requested by patient. Recently via phone conversation she detected that my speech was slurred ,notified my family that I needed to hospitalized immediately for a MRTI & CT of the brain. I had a TIA, rehab and will following up with ENT, PT and Speech Therapist. Thanks for the professional caring of Dr Villa-Forte

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Dr. Villa-Forte was very willing to listen and spent as much time with me as I felt I needed. She is warm and reassuring.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

I always have a great experience with Dr. Villaforte. She is always so kind pleasant and sweet; very attentive to anything I say or need. She always makes me feel more positive after I leave there. You guys have a great doctor there.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

I always tell people what a wonderful doctor Dr Villaforte is. She has always helped me tremendously.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

Dr. Villa-Forte is easy to ask questions concerning my treatment options. Takes time to explain. sShe is genuinely concerned.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

The most caring doctor I've ever seen. She listened and understood my concerns that local Cincinnati doctors would not follow her recommendations. She wrote a letter to my new pulmonologist giving him advice on how to give me Nucala for the first time. A jewel in Cleveland Clinics crown.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

Dr. Villa-Forte is very comfortable to talk to. That means I feel okay asking her some pretty ridiculous questions.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

Once in the room, I had to wait a while to see Dr. Villa-Forte, but it was because she was spending a little extra time with a previous patient. I completely understand this. She spends good time with me as well. I wish the lights wouldn't shut off in the room when I am reading and not moving much!

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

The very best. Dr. Villa-Forte combines professional expertise with a really nice bedside manor. I've been dealing with a condition for well over a year and I finally feel like I have direction and highly competent care. Everyone at the clinic and hotel was great. And I also have nothing but good things to say about the resident who was also involved.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

Great caring doctor and personable very caring

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

Dr. Villa-Forte and her staff are AMAZING!!!!!

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

Dr. Villa Forte is a kind, caring physician. She listens to my concerns and explains things in a manner that's easy to understand.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2019

Dr. VillaForte was very attentive to my situation & health needs

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2019

Dr. Villa-Forte was thorough, caring and considerate.

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

Dr. FORTE Is always very through With Her Work & Opinions ! Much Appreciated In Her Work & Support, A Blessing To Work w/ On Overcoming Giant Cell Arteritis. She Is Keenly Aware Of All The Health Baggage,That Tags Along Thru Treating The Disease w/ Prednisone Or Newer Drugs Like She See's & INTERPRETS The Whole Picture, Which I Believe Helps The Patient See & Understand The Current Place & Condition, As To Where They Are At, Along w/ The Process Ahead In Order To Get To Destination Of Healing & Good Health!

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

she is the best provider at the Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

Excellent experience! Dr Villa Forte was able to see me the same day my wife was scheduled for an appointment at Cleveland Clinic (Dr Pullman).

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

Excellent doctor, both in medical knowledge and personal caring, really care about the patient. Took the time to schedule additional tests and labs the same day. Dr Villa Forte is compassionate, highly recommend her!

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

Very knowledgeable, great interaction with Dr Villa Forte. He has a great future and someday could be a great add to the Cleveland Clinic team.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

I am impressed with Dr VillaForte and her concern for me.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

Dr. Ville Forte is a very kind & caring person......excellent appointment.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Dr Villa Forte was very respectful and compassionate about my thoughts she asked me questions and listened to my answers

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019

Dr, Villa Forte is a awesome doctor, she listens to every word you have to say and gives a great exam !!! I am so happy that my PCP sent me to see her.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

extremely pleased with doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

Dr. Ville Forte is an excellent Doctor! She provides all around excellent care.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

Dr Villa Forte always takes extra time to talk to me she seems to truly care about my well-being she is a great physician

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

dr. Villa Forte is a great physician I don't know what I would do without her she's been taking care of me for many years and I really appreciate her.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

Seeing Dr Villa-Forte is like seeing a trusted friend. her knowledge of my condition was/is exceptional.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

Dr. Villa Forte deserves a "10"on this 1-5 scale! She is genuinely concerned about her patients and is extremely knowledgeable on my rare disease. She values my input as a patient.He assistant Patti , that scheduled my urgent appointment, and that I have talked to a few times lately regarding my current issue has been extremely helpful and understanding when I needed an urgent appointment. Since I had to travel quite a distance and book air travel, she was cooperative to make the appointment that worked the best with flights.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019

the doctor is incredible. smart, personable and caring

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2019

It is very evident to me that Dr. Villa Forte cares deeply about her patients.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019

dr villa forte is one of the most compassionate caring physician s I have ever had. she takes her time, explains and answers all of your questions. she returns your phone calls no matter the day or if she's away. I couldn't have found a better dr

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019

the doctor gave us the direction we needed. very insightful, and intelligent.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2019

Dr Villa Forte was very thorough and knowledgeable. I appreciated her kindness. I never sensed she was in a rush and had to get out the door. I have a lot of confidence in her and respect her very much.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

Had problems getting an appointment. Dr. Villa Forta is a very good Dr. She has been very good to me.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

My visits with Dr. Villa-Forte is always good. She has done everything she can to see that my health issues are taken care of. My health is so much better now that she has found out what helps me the most.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

Dr. Villa Forte spent at least two hours with me at this initial visit. I felt like she made an excellent effort to grasp the extent of my problem, and start us on a path toward a diagnosis.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019

Dr. Villa-Forte really listened to my concern and discussed what my options would be.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019

the only problem is getting info to Dr and follow up after test.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

Dr Villa forte always takes her time and us very caring. she makes me feel like I'm her only patient when I am in the room.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2019

Dr. Villa Forte is caring, personable , and an extremely knowledgable professional. Highly trust her.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2019

Dr. Villa Forte is an excellent listener. She makes me feel that my concerns are valid and reassures me with her explanations.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

dr villa forte answered all my questions and explained treatment . very very pleased. truly a professional.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019

I'm very thankful for Dr. Villa-Forte! Her expertise of my disease and her caring attention to me is greatly appreciated. I rely on her communicating with my doctors here in Georgia for my continued care. Dr. Villa-Forte was kind and compassionate. I would highly recommend her!

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2019

Dr Villa Forte was reassuring and caring. She was both professional in providing answers and prognosis. She will see again in six months. She is an excellent Physican.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018

Dr. Villa Forte was very good in explanation of disease and possible related complications.

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!

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