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 erythematosus (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.