Clinics & Inpatient Care Centres

Rheumatology

The division of Rheumatology is part of the Mobility program and provides inpatient and outpatient consultation services.

Outpatient services occur in the Martin Family Arthritis Care and Research Centre, alongside specialized orthopedic, plastic surgery and neurology clinics. With the support of nurses, ACPAC-trained physiotherapists and administrative staff, the centre is able to provide effective and multidisciplinary ambulatory care.

The centre is equipped for joint and soft tissue aspirations and injections with a polarizing microscope for synovial fluid analysis. Radiology services are located next to the Martin Family Centre for convenient and timely diagnostic X-rays. Laboratory services are readily available. The centre also provides infusion services for patients receiving intravenous treatments.

The division provides inpatient and emergency room consultation services. The inpatient consult team consists of an attending rheumatologist plus two core general medicine residents each month, and frequently an elective student. After hours, on weekends and holidays, rheumatology consults are seen by the sub-specialty medicine resident on call who reviews with the attending rheumatology staff. Patients requiring hospitalization for rheumatologic diseases are admitted to one of the general internal medicine teams.

Ambulatory multidisciplinary clinics

  • Early rheumatoid arthritis (Dr. Rubin)
  • Metabolic bone disease and osteoporosis (Drs. Rubin and Norris)
  • Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies (Drs. Shupak and Vinik)
  • Osteoarthritis (Dr. Rubin)
  • Auto-inflammatory disease (Dr. Laxer)
  • Pregnancy in  the rheumatic diseases (Dr. Mahendira)
  • Hemophilia arthritis (Dr. Norris)
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis transition (Dr. Perlin)
  • Juvenile Inflammatory Myopathies transition (Dr. Vinik)

Educational activities

Members of the division participate in, and lead a broad range of medical education activities for trainees at all levels and across disciplines. The Rheumatology division also accepts a limited number of elective family medicine residents and medical students throughout the year, who are fully integrated into all aspects of our clinical and education programs. University of Toronto PGY4 rheumatology residents are assigned to ambulatory clinics for two-month blocks and the PGY5 rheumatology residents spend one month as junior attending on the inpatient consult service, closely supervised by a Rheumatology attending staff.

Educational rounds

  • Weekly rheumatology noon rounds
  • Monthly rheumatology-radiology rounds
  • Bi-monthly myositis rounds
  • Weekly medical grand rounds
  • Bi-weekly intercity rheumatology rounds

Educational programs

  • Annual Arthritis Day for Primary Care Clinicians
  • Prescription for education for patients with inflammatory joint diseases
  • Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC)

Contact us

Martin Family Centre
B1 (Ground Floor) Donnelly Wing South
St. Michael's Hospital
30 Bond Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1W8

 Phone: 416-864-5280 (Booking Office)