The Polyclinic Rheumatology Department cares for patients with a variety of arthritic, inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. All of our providers are board-certified and have expertise in the treatment of the following conditions:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Seronegative Spondyloarthritis (includes Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis and that related to Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
- Gout and Pseudogout
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Temporal Arteritis
- Sjögren’s Syndrome
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Specialty Rheumatology Services
The Madison Center location has an expansive Infusion Center for Polyclinic patients to receive infused biologic medications, intravenous fluids as well as other related services. (Mon-Fri: 9 am - 5 pm; call 206-329-1760).
Quality of Care
Selected for Best Practices in Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis
The Polyclinic Rheumatology Department was selected to participate in a national effort to improve the quality of care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Through this year-long collaborative, The Polyclinic developed processes to measure a patient’s disease activity and function at clinic visits. These measurements are used as an aid to identify when treatment should be adjusted and has been shown to increase the likelihood of a patient obtaining disease remission and better health outcomes.
In addition, we started a project to improve vaccination rates against pneumococcal pneumonia. In a 12-month period, we increased pneumococcal vaccination rates in RA patients from 27 to 79 percent.
Most patients with RA are immunosuppressed by their treatments, and so are at higher risk of infections and more severe infectious complications. Our commitment to increase vaccination rates allows us to prevent illness and be proactive in improving an individual’s overall health. We are continuing work on this project with plans to expand. The results of the collaborative will soon be published.
Call 206-860-5580 to schedule an appointment with one of our rheumatologists or for more information. To refer a patient, call or fax referral to 206-860-5484.
Collaborative Musculoskeletal Medicine
The Rheumatology Department is part of a larger, comprehensive Musculoskeletal Program that also includes: orthopedics, acupuncture, physical therapy, physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports and performance medicine, and podiatry. Together these therapists, physicians and surgeons work closely across specialties to coordinate care.