Arthritis & autoimmune disorders (rheumatology)

UMP - Arthritis and Autoimmune Disorders (Rhematology)


Seeking relief from arthritis pain? Do you have a complex autoimmune disease, such as lupus or scleroderma?

University of Minnesota Physicians offers a team approach to diagnosing symptoms and treating disorders of the joints, connective tissues and bones. Rheumatologists, eye doctors, dermatologists, orthopedic surgeons and others collaborate to create a personalized treatment plan. We provide the latest, most effective treatments for various forms of arthritis -- including rheumatoid and psoriatic – as well as expertise in less common diseases, such as spondyloarthropathy syndromes, Lyme arthritis and other rheumatic and autoimmune conditions.

As faculty of the University of Minnesota Medical School, our rheumatologists also conduct studies to better understand what causes uncontrolled inflammation and the immune system’s attack on the body’s own tissues and organs. We’re working to develop and test new treatments that will help reduce pain and disability in people with arthritis and autoimmune diseases and offer hope for cures. 

Appointment Notice

Due to a continuing Rheumatologist shortage, we are limiting our practice to provider-driven consults. We will provide an an opinion and recommendation for therapy. We will continue to do this for a broad range of musculoskeletal/rheumatologic conditions.

Two exceptions to this are patient self-referral for Scieroderma and Lupus; but our chronic management will be limited to those conditions where immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory treatment are required, or of likely benefit.


Featured clinics and services

Lupus, Sjogren's and Scleroderma Clinics
The Lupus and Sjogren’s Clinic and Scleroderma Clinic bring together various specialists to develop medical and lifestyle treatment plans for people with these complex conditions. You’ll also have access to the latest clinical trials of new therapies.


  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDS)
  • Anti TNF-alpha and other biologic agents
  • Immunosuppressive therapies
  • Medication management
  • Monoclonal antibodies

Clinics & Providers

  Specialty highlights

Leading research
Role of genetics in lupus
Dr. Erik Peterson studies genes that increase susceptibility to autoimmune diseases. After “engineering” a mouse that bears this gene, Dr. Peterson’s lab is investigating how the gene influences the development of lupus.

Markers for autoimmune disease
Biomarkers or “molecular fingerprints” could help diagnose autoimmune diseases or predict flares. Our researchers team with other faculty from the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic to discover new markers for autoimmune diseases.

In-depth understanding of autoimmunity
Our doctors study the molecular and chemical nature of immune cells involved in autoimmune diseases. One line of research involves T cells (white blood cells) and the signaling proteins that control their development.


Central Scheduling: 612.672.7422

Provider Referrals: 612.672.7000

Administrative Offices: 612.884.0600

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