Abby Abelson, MD, FACR

Abby Abelson, MD, FACR


Abby G. Abelson, MD, is interim chair of the Department of Rheumatology at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the rheumatology program director, chair of Workforce and Training at the American College of Rheumatology, and a course director of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Born in Cleveland, Dr. Abelson earned her degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency in Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, where she was chief resident.

As a champion of education, Dr. Abelson was recently honored with the Kaiser Award for Outstanding Medical Educator of the Year in Basic Science. Her husband, also a physician at Cleveland Clinic, and her three sons, have a passion for education. As a teacher, she finds gratification in working with this new generation of 50 percent female students in each medical school class; her class had only 20 percent women. Dr. Abelson is hopeful that the issues of women's health will be better addressed in the future with more female physicians.

Dr. Abelson is board certified in the subspecialty of rheumatology and is a certified clinical densitometrist. As a rheumatologist, she has always been involved in caring for women with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. When her mother had a hip fracture almost 20 years ago, she came to know first-hand about the devastating consequences of osteoporosis, and has developed a special interest in metabolic bone disease. Dr. Abelson has been a guest speaker for several years on the subject of osteoporosis at Speaking of Women's Health in Cleveland and is the author of The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Osteoporosis.

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