To make an appointment, please call 617.638.7460. Our office fax is 617.638.5226.
Our clinic is located on BMC’s campus:
Shapiro Ambulatory Care Center
725 Albany Street
7th Floor, Suite 7B
Boston, MA 02118
Parking is conveniently located nearby at the 710 Albany Street Parking Garage. Metered street parking is also available in the neighborhood surrounding BMC.
Please call our refill line at 617.638.7774. Refills will be processed within 48 hours.
Because clinic space is limited, we ask you to limit the number of people you bring with you to your appointments. Also, because many of our patients are at increased risk of infection:
* Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the clinic.
* Patients with colds should ask for masks.
* No visitors allowed in the clinic who are sick or have a cold.
Smoking is not allowed in the clinic, or in any building within the hospital. Smoking is permitted only on outside grounds, away from building entrances, in areas where signs are posted.
Use of Cellular Phones
Cell phone use is permitted in the clinic, but we ask, as a courtesy to others, that you keep conversations to a minimum, be aware and respectful of others, and wait to make unnecessary calls until you leave the clinic. Please observe hospital signs posted in areas where cell phone use is prohibited.
What is rheumatology?
Rheumatology is a subspecialty of internal medicine that deals with a wide array of musculoskeletal disorders, including arthritis conditions and autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma and vasculitits. Rheumatologists have generally completed two years of subspecialty training beyond the usual three-year internal medicine residency after medical school.
What is arthritis?
Many people are surprised to know that there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis. Arthritis literally means inflammation inside a joint. The most common kind is osteoarthritis. Frequently x-rays, blood tests and sometimes other diagnostic procedures are required to determine the precise type of arthritis.
What is the best treatment for my arthritis?
It depends on the type of arthritis you have, which makes a precise diagnosis so important. There has been a lot of recent progress in devising new therapies for treatment of many kinds of arthritis.
If I have joint pain, does this mean that I have arthritis?
Not necessarily, tendonitis (inflammation of a tendon near a joint) can also cause joint pain, as can various orthopedic conditions. An evaluation by a rheumatologist is necessary to make a proper diagnosis if you truly have an arthritic condition.