About the Division
Rheumatology is the subspecialty of medicine devoted to the diagnosis
and treatment of arthritis and autoimmune diseases. These diseases
affect joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones and internal organs.
These diseases and disorders can range from simple overuse syndromes to
serious immunological disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and
systemic lupus erythematous (SLE or lupus). There are more than 100
types of rheumatic diseases and some of these are very serious diseases
that can be difficult to diagnose and treat. In order to meet the
challenges presented us, Rheumatologists obtain additional training and
experience. After four years of medical school and three years of
training in internal medicine, we devote an additional two to three
years in specialized Rheumatology training. Upon completion of our
training, we must pass a rigorous exam conducted by the American Board
of Internal Medicine to become certified.
The Division of Rheumatology at the University of Kentucky is
dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care and conducting
clinical and basic research that advances the treatment of rheumatologic
disorders. The Division of Rheumatology consists of highly trained and
Board Certified Rheumatologists specializing in the treatment of all
rheumatologic diseases. We also have a program of clinical and basic
research in a variety of rheumatologic diseases.