Housam Sarakbi, M.D., FACR

Program Director for Division of Rheumatology
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center


My areas of interest include: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Rheumatoid arthritis, infection-related arthritis, Behcet's disease, Familial Mediterranean fever and musculoskeletal ultrasound.

My goals as PD are to ensure that fellows receive a diverse patient care experience. I will ensure that your training is free of mistreatment or misconduct from faculty and staff. We will have the opportunity to work together on inpatient and outpatient rotations where real-time performance feedback will be provided. Through our program you will gain valuable experience learning to manage acute and chronic rheumatologic disease. You will also be thoroughly trained in musculoskeletal ultrasound and its applications in practice. My door is always open to field fellow questions or concerns.


Angelia D. Mosley-Williams, MD, MS   

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Site Director
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center/John D. Dingell VA Medical Center

My areas of interest are: treatment of rheumatologic illnesses in patients with multiple comorbidities, psychosocial determinants of health and seeking improvements in inter-personal communication in a clinical setting.

I am the rheumatology site director at the Detroit VA hospital where I have worked for more than 19 years. Before my tenure at the VA, I worked and taught in the Wayne State Rheumatology Division for 12 years. I enjoy teaching routine clinical skills and especially like helping trainees learn how to have difficult and respectful conversations with patients.


Russel York, MD

Division Chief of Rheumatology
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center


My areas of interest include: Gout, Vasculitis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Rheumatoid arthritis. 

My approach to teaching is to encourage you to approach rheumatologic problems from a systemic perspective. In other words, I will help you to develop skills in understanding and correlating the pathophysiology of disease with the clinical manifestations of rheumatologic problems. Emphasis on critical thinking is given a premium.Through this approach you will be in the position to analyze the current state of knowledge in rheumatology and be prepared to assess the usefulness of future developments. I look forward to the exchange of ideas with budding rheumatologists and recognize the positive effect it has on my own continued development.


Ilyes Benchaala, MD

Faculty with the Division of Rheumatology
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center


My areas of focus are: general rheumatology, Uveitis and Psoriatic arthritis.

I enjoy working with enthusiastic, intellectually curious, engaged fellows who are eager to learn to develop new skills that will inform their careers and practice. Ultimately, my goal is to help you reach your potential and to prepare you for independent rheumatology practice whether you choose academic or clinical practice.


Azza Ali, MD

Faculty with the Division of Rheumatology
John D. Dingell VA Medical Center


My areas of focus are: general rheumatology and spondyloarthitides.

Welcome to our program! I am Azza Ali, junior faculty and I will be part of the team supervising your training at the Detroit VA. I've always had a great passion for rheumatology and a special interest in Spondyloarthritides. While training at our program, you will experience a fun, energetic, and rich learning environment. I enjoy helping fellows develop expertise and confidence when performing rheumatology procedures and will help prepare you to become a successful rheumatologist upon graduation from our program. I look forward to meeting you.


Félix Fernández-Madrid, MD, PhD

Professor, Research Educator
Medical Fellow/Resident/Student Instruction
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center

I have an active research program centered on autoimmunity as this field applies to carcinogenesis and to rheumatic autoimmune diseases. Under my mentorship I can direct the fellow to all pertinent literature related to autoimmunity and autoimmune diseases. Fellows have the opportunity to be mentored in research strategy and methodology and can elect to participate in ongoing research projects and in publications in refereed journals.


Valia Al-Kourainy

Medical Education Program Coordinator
Rheumatology Fellowship Program
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center
Treasurer of Program Coordinator Council
Resident Wellness Committee Member

As Program Coordinator for the Divisions of Rheumatology and Endocrinology, my goal is to ensure that we are not only meeting, but exceeding ACGME requirements. I believe that in order for our program to succeed in fellow education, that open and frequent communication is essential. My background in nursing has helped me understand both the joys and challenges that physicians face on a daily basis. I've been a Wayne State University team member since 2016 and I worked with medical students in the Service Learning office, where I was involved with curriculum development including creating patient-friendly educational materials as well as poster presentations for scientific meetings. Additionally, I serve as Treasurer of the Program Coordinator Council and am actively involved in hospital committees including Resident Wellness, Call-room improvements and the Program Coordinator Task Force. I work hand-in-hand with GME leadership on a daily basis to ensure that our residents/fellows have the best educational experience possible while training here at the DMC!