One day, a primary care physician located about two hours away called my office in a desperate attempt to find a rheumatologist. His lovely 64-year-old patient, very healthy otherwise, recently developed a severe and disabling inflammatory arthritis. After conservative treatments failed, he tried to refer the patient to the traditional medical system. However, they could not get a sooner than six months appointment. This is a symptom of a broken …
Post Author: Diana M. Girnita, MD, PhD
Dr. Girnita is board certified in rheumatology and internal medicine. She completed a PhD in immunology, a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, an immunology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, and a rheumatology fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. She is the founder and CEO of Rheumatologist OnCall, a direct specialty care telemedicine practice focused on broadening access to rheumatology, actively seeing patients in six U.S. states.
Dr. Girnita graduated from the nutrition science course at Stanford University and a mindfulness course at the University of Massachusetts. She was recognized with the Top Doctor award (2017-2020) and is a frequently invited speaker at The Arthritis Foundation.
She is the co-founder of the Direct Specialty Care Alliance. This non-profit organization will lead the movement of specialists in becoming independent and provide direct care services to patients. Dr. Girnita is the co-leader of the FMMA California Chapter.
Dr. Girinta is the author of numerous studies cited on PubMed.
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