Department of Rheumatology

Department of Rheumatology

Rheumatology is the subspecialty of internal medicine that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases affecting the joints, muscles, connective tissues, soft tissues around the joints and bones and the immune system.

Rheumatologists must become board certified in Internal Medicine by completing seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training.  Then, for an additional two to three years, they study conditions specific to the musculoskeletal system – arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases and osteoporosis.  Rheumatologists are specially trained to do the detective work necessary to discover the cause of swelling and pain.  It could be one of more than 100 diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, back pain, osteoporosis,  or tendonitis.

Rheumatology Staff


Office Locations


1240 Jesse Jewell Pkwy SE
Gainesville, GA 30501
Suite 500

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday


Medical Plaza 1
1515 River Place
Suite 360
Hoschton, GA 30517
(770) 536-9864

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday
The first three Tuesdays of each month.


1270 Prince Avenue
Suite 301
Athens, GA 30607
(800) 820-6432

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Every Thursday

To Schedule an Appointment

Call (770) 536-9864 or (800) 820-6432.  Please note that some physicians may not presently be accepting new patients as their practices may have reached capacity.

After Hours / Emergencies

In case of an after hours emergency call the Northeast Georgia Medical Center at (770) 219-9000 and ask to speak with the on-call physician for the Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic.  The hospital operator will take a message and have the doctor return your call.