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At what point would my doctor prescribe a DMARD?
Yousaf Ali, MD, FACR
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

Date Added: 05/14/13

DMARD would be prescribed in a patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis relatively early. We know that there is a critical window of opportunity to treat the inflammation. Most of the damage in Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs in the first two years. We like to get DMARDs on board usually within six to eight we...
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Dr. Yousaf Ali, MD, is a graduate of the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London. After 2 years of postgraduate training in the UK, Dr. Ali moved to the US and completed Internal Medicine training at OHSU in Portland, Oregon. He then trained in Rheumatology at Yale University and is board certified in both Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. He is the current Interim Chief of Rheumatology. Dr. Ali was in practice in Providence, Rhode Island for 9 years where he was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Brown University. He received many awards including the prestigious Beckwith Family award for outstanding teaching. He has published many articles, book chapters, and has lectured widely on Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoporosis, Gout, SLE, Osteoarthritis and the development and study of Novel Biologic therapeutics.
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