Rheumatology

Loyola’s Board certified rheumatologists treat patients with complex rheumatologic diseases. We are also committed to collaborative, interdisciplinary care with medical and surgical specialties that care for patients with arthritic or immune- mediated diseases.

The Division of Rheumatology takes great pride and has a strong commitment to the education of medical students, residents, fellows and medical professionals in the community. Teaching of medical students and housestaff occurs daily via didactic lectures, bedside rounds during inpatient consultations and/or in the ambulatory clinic. Several faculty members also teach in the Mechanisms of Human Disease and Host Defense courses during the first and second years of medical school. Faculty members actively help educate medical professionals in the community through Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs. The Faculty is routinely requested to speak at various venues such as Grand Rounds and Regional Conferences.

A competitive fellowship program is also offered and provides broad clinical training at the Loyola University Medical Center and Edwards Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. The fellowship program is further discussed under the FELLOWHIPS tab.

Description of and requirement for our 2 medical student electives can be found here. Visiting medical students should also visit this site for the additional requirements that must be met in order to qualify for a Stritch School of Medicine clerkship.

Inpatient services are available seven days a week at the Loyola University Medical Center and the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Outpatient services are also available at the Loyola Outpatient Center, Loyola Primary Care Center at Oakbrook Terrace, Loyola Primary Care Center at Burr Ridge, Loyola Primary Care Center at River Forset and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

Services

The division offers longitudinal care and referral consultations for complex rheumatic illnesses, including:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Inflammatory muscle diseases
  • Scleroderma
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • All forms of vasculitis
  • Other related connective tissue diseases

State-of-the art diagnostic services are offered including:

  • Advanced immunoserology
  • Arthroscopy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Computed Tomography
  • Dual photon absorptiometry
  • Ultrasonography joint survey

Through a multi-disciplinary approach, the division is able to provide patients with access to:

  • Hand surgery
  • Infusion therapy
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic apheresis

Inpatient services are available seven days a week at the Loyola University Medical Center and the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Outpatient services are also available at the Loyola Outpatient Center, Loyola Primary Care Center at Oakbrook Terrace, Loyola Primary Care Center at Burr Ridge, Loyola Primary Care at River Forest and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

Faculty

Rodney Tehrani, MD

Associate Professor
Division Director

Specialties

  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Inflammatory Joint Disease
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Gout
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • General Rheumatology

Locations
Loyola Outpatient Center

Melissa Briones, MD

Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Gout
  • Inflammatory Joint Disease
  • Inflammatory Myopathy
  • Lupus
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Vasculitis
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • General Rheumatology
  • Giant Cell Arteritis

Locations
Loyola Outpatient Center
Loyola Center for Health at River Forest

Laura Gregg, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Gout
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Inflammatory Myopathy
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • General Rheumatology
  • Autoimmune Diseases

Locations
Loyola Outpatient Center
Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge

Rochella Ostrowski, MD

Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Gout
  • Vasculitis
  • Inflammatory Myopathy
  • Inflammatory Joint Disease
  • General Rheumatology

Locations
Loyola Outpatient Center
Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge