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Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa

location_on Haifa, Israel
9.8/10 from 16 Votes

Department of Rheumatology (302887)

Alexandra Balbir

Prof. Dr. med.

Alexandra Balbir

Specialized in: rheumatology

The Department of Rheumatology at Rambam Health Care Campus under the direction of Prof. Alexandra Balbir deals with the diagnosis and treatment of different rheumatic diseases. The Department also has an extensive experience in treating patients with collagen diseases, including those of the heart, lungs and digestive system. The medical staff of the Department of Rheumatology is an active member of Israeli Rheumatology Society, European and American Rheumatology Associations.

The Department of Rheumatology at Rambam provides the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthropathy, connective tissue diseases (systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, vasculitis, myositis, Sjogren’s syndrome), autoinflammatory diseases  (Behcet’s disease, familial Mediterranean fever), degenerative joint diseases, crystal-induced joint diseases (gout, pseudogout), musculoskeletal pain syndromes (enthesopathy, regional pain syndromes, fibromyalgia) and osteoporosis. There are used intravenous drug therapies, joint injections, second line drugs, as well as physical and occupational therapy. In addition, the physicians provide an immediate diagnosis of diseases of joints and tendons using a portable ultrasound device. The specialists of the Department, led by Prof. Alexandra Balbir, have an extensive experience in the use of biologic agents and provide every kind of biological treatment, such as anti-TNF drugs, mabthera, actemra, abatacept, benlysta and IVIG.

The Department of Rheumatology under the direction of Prof. Alexandra Balbir prefers a multidisciplinary treatment approach involving the participation of rheumatologist, rheumatology nurse, study coordinator, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, social worker and psychologist. This approach is particularly important for patients with systemic rheumatic diseases. 

The Department of Rheumatology at Rambam Health Care Campus is an integral part of the Technion's Faculty of Medicine and students from Israel and abroad train here. The Department is also nationally recognized for its specialization in rheumatology and is the center for training physicians in the field of internal medicine, general practitioners and interns. Furthermore, it is involved in numerous research projects, focusing mainly on scleroderma, joint inflammation, the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound and the use of biological drugs.

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