Expert Team

Patients of Rheumatology Services at Cedars-Sinai receive care from a team of healthcare specialists and experts. Since many rheumatoid disorders are chronic and have far-ranging effects on the ability to participate in daily activities, a team of healthcare professionals can best help patients manage these conditions.

  • Focusing on the patient, Rheumatology Services' multidisciplinary team:
  • Assesses symptoms
  • Interprets the results of advanced laboratory and radiological examinations
  • Evaluates the need for hospitalization
  • Reviews the effects of symptoms on the patient's ability to participate in life physically, emotionally and socially
  • Assesses the need for orthopedic or corrective intervention
  • Evaluates the possible need for referrals to other healthcare providers
  • Creates an ongoing plan to manage the condition and symptoms
  • With the patient's input, determines treatment priorities
  • Develops a treatment plan to best control the disease and its symptoms while improving the ability to function

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Leadership

Michael H. Weisman, MD

Chair Division of Rheumatology
Director Division of Rheumatology

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Daniel J. Wallace, MD, FACP, FACR

Assistant Program Director Rheumatology Fellowship Program

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Staff Physician

Mariko L. Ishimori, MD

Staff Physician Rheumatology

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In addition to the primary care physician and a rheumatologist, each patient's healthcare team may consist of:

  • Nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Physiatrists
  • Physical therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers

Our Teaching and Research Team

The skilled physicians that are members of the Division of Rheumatology are highly involved in sharing their knowledge and experience with physicians in training through ongoing fellowship programs. In addition, they participate actively in research activities carried out by the division. This research includes National Institutes of Health and numerous foundation sponsored programs into the causes, cures and prevention of chronic rheumatic disease. Training includes clinical and laboratory activities. All aspects of rheumatologic disease are addressed, including inpatient consultation, continuity and ambulatory care and supervision.

Cedars-Sinai is an academic medical facility recognized nationally and internationally for high quality healthcare. Medical education has been a core mission of the institution since its inception. The partnership between the full-time and the attending staff is a unique resource supporting the mission of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Our commitment is to perform important research endeavors and to provide training for the physicians of tomorrow as they develop personal, clinical and professional competence under the guidance and supervision of our faculty and staff.

  • Susan Baker, MD
  • Dahlia Carr, MD
  • Lindsy Forbess, MD
  • Solomon Forouzesh, MD
  • Elayne K. Garber, MD
  • David S. Hallegua, MD
  • Arash A. Horizon, MD
  • Seymour Levine, MD
  • Allan L. Metzger, MD, FACP, FACR
  • Bruce Miller, MD
  • Nourollah Parhami, MD
  • Nona Pashinian, MD
  • Jacob Pelta, MD
  • Jana Posalski, MD
  • Boris Ratiner, MD
  • Richard M. Ress, MD
  • Renee Rinaldi, MD
  • Allen Salick, MD
  • George Sarka, MD, MPH, FACP, FACR
  • Joel Schneider, MD, FACP
  • Katy Setoodeh, MD
  • Karen Shainsky, DO
  • Marilyn A. Solsky, MD
  • Thomas Susko, MD
  • Lillian Szydlo, MD
  • Swamy Venuturupalli, MD
  • Daniel Wallace, MD
  • Alan Weinberger, MD
  • Keyvan Yousefi, MD


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