School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine


"Welcome to the Division of Rheumatology. This division was established in 1960 as a unit of the Department of Medicine at the old Detroit Receiving Hospital. The first chief of the Division was Professor Jay Bollet, M.D. and the first graduating fellow was Rachel Turner, M.D. Graduates from our program practice clinical or academic rheumatology throughout the United States and abroad and a large number of these graduates practice rheumatology in the State of Michigan." -- Former Division Chief, Frank Vasey, M.D.

systemsMission Statement:
The objectives of the Division of Rheumatology are to provide excellent medical care to patients with rheumatic diseases, to train the new generations of rheumatologists and contribute to the knowledge of rheumatology through clinic and basic research.

The main goals of our fellowship program are to graduate outstanding clinical and academic rheumatologists and to contribute to the up to date teaching of rheumatology to medical students and internal medicine residents as well as post-graduates.

The Rheumatology Division is committed to excellence in research on the rheumatic diseases as well as in autoimmunity in the systemic autoimmune diseases and in cancer.

The Division of Rheumatology provides consultation for primary care physicians and continuity quality care to a diverse patient population in metropolitan Detroit and surrounding areas.

The Division of Rheumatology academic offices are housed in the heart of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) at Detroit Receiving Hospital (DRH). Outpatient clinics are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Consultation and support is provided to inpatients and outpatients upon a request from their referring physician.

Research laboratories for the faculty of the Division of Rheumatology are housed at Scott Hall, Karmanos Cancer Institute and other facilities of Wayne State University School of Medicine.