Rula Hajj-Ali, MD

216.444.5632

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Rula Hajj-Ali, MD
Department: Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A50
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.5632
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WorkFax:216.445.7569
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No
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Rula Hajj-Ali, MD is a Staff Physician at the Center for Vasculitis Care and Research at Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases. Dr Hajj-Ali is an Associate Professor at the Cleveland Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and has a joint appointment with the Department of Cell Biology at the Lerner Research Institute. She has been on staff in that department at the Cleveland Clinic since 2002. She is board-certified in internal medicine and Rheumatology.  

Dr.  Hajj-Ali is a graduate of the American University of Beirut medical school in Lebanon. She performed her internal medicine training at the American University of Beirut, Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester NY and the Cleveland Clinic, followed by fellowship in rheumatic and immunologic disease at the American University of Beirut and the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Hajj-Ali has a particular interest in systemic inflammatory disease and vascular inflammatory disease including vasculitides, primary central nervous system(CNS) vasculitis and inflammatory eye disease . Her research interests include central nervous system vasculitis, giant cell arteritis, Behçet’s Disease and Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis ( Wegener Granulomatosis). Dr. Hajj-Ali directs the multidisciplinary CNS vasculitis Clinic which is highly qualified multidisciplinary clinic that   evaluate and treat patients with suspected CNS vasculitis ,  a tremendously challenging disease.

Dr. Hajj-Ali holds the alpha omega alpha honor and was elected as “America’s Top Physicians “and received the Cleveland Society of Rheumatology Best Fellow award, and the Clinical Research Award from the American Heart Association. She has been awarded the “Teacher of the Year award “in recognition to her excellence and dedication to the education of the fellows, residents and medical students.  

Dr. Hajj-Ali has presented her research findings at various national and international scientific meetings. Her work in CNS vasculitis has been published in leading professional and scientific journals. She is the author of multiple chapters in major books for the topic of CNS vasculitis

Dr. Hajj-Ali is a member of numerous societies including the American College of Rheumatology and American College of Physicians. She is currently a consultant    for the Vasculitis Foundation. She has served on the planning committee for the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting. Dr. Hajj-ali has lectured nationally and internationally on the subjects of Vasculitis, CNS vasculitis and inflammatory eye diseases.

Professional Highlights

Direct the Multidisciplinary Central  Nervous System Vasculitis Clinic

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
2002
Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Rheumatic & Immunologic Disease
Cleveland, OH USA
2001
Residency - American University of Beirut
Beirut Lebanon
1999
Fellowship - American University of Beirut
Rheumatology
Beirut Lebanon
1998
Residency - American University of Beirut
Rheumatology
Beirut Lebanon
1996
Internship - Strong Memorial Hospital of The University of Rochester
Internal Medicine
Rochester, NY USA
1994
Medical School - American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
New York, NY USA
1993
Undergraduate - American University of Beirut
Beirut Lebanon
1989

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine- Rheumatology

Specialty Interests

Vasculitis, uveitis, central nervous system vasculitis, systemic inflammatory diseases

Awards & Honors

  • Alpha Honor, Alpha Omega, 1998
  • Aadel Askari Memorial Award, Arthritis Foundation, 2002
  • Who’s Who in America, 2007
  • American’s Top Physicians, 2007
  • Clinical Research Award, American Heart Association, 2008
  • Teacher of the Year Award 2014-2015<

Additional Training

Fellowship in Rheumatology at the American University of Beirut

Memberships

  • Fellow of the  American College of Physicians
  • Member of the American College of Rheumatology
  • Consultant for teh Vasculitsi Foundation

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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