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University Rheumatologists provides treatment for arthritis, lupus, vasculitis, Lyme disease and other rheumatic diseases. The practice also offers specialized services for the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, a rheumatoid arthritis clinic, a lupus clinic and a vasculitis clinic. Our goal is to offer high-quality, patient-focused specialty services that increase our patients' quality of life by moderating the disease process. 
 
We recognize the special challenges faced by our patients, especially those facing limitation of movement. For that reason, we designed our office space with a "patient-first" philosophy: We have a full laboratory, X-ray and bone density facilities and an infusion therapy center within our suite. Think of it as "one-stop shopping" for your treatment convenience. We also provide services in Spanish. Se habla español. In addition, interpreters are available for many other languages.

MEET OUR TEAM

Joel A. Block, MD, is the Willard L. Wood, MD, Professor of Rheumatology, and is a professor of medicine and biochemistry in Rush Medical College. He is director of the Section of Rheumatology and director of the Rush Center for Clinical Studies at Rush University Medical Center. Block is the principal investigator for a number of clinical research studies and has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Arthritis Foundation. Block serves as an attending physician at Rush University Medical Center.

Block is a diplomate in rheumatology of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American College of Rheumatology, the Central Society for Clinical Research and the Orthopedic Research Society. His work has been published in numerous scholarly journals, including the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Arthritis and Rheumatism, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Rheumatology and The Lancet.
 
Block received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Chicago and his fellowship at Rush University Medical Center.

 

Sarah L. Everakes, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush Medical College and serves as an attending physician at Rush University Medical Center. She is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, the American College of Physicians and the Chicago Rheumatism Society. Her work has been published in journals such as Postgraduate Medicine and the Journal of Rheumatology.

Dr. Everakes received her medical degree from the University of Missouri. She completed her internship and residency at Evanston Hospital and her fellowship training at Rush.

Ruchi Jain, MD, received her MD degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She completed her residency and fellowship training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. ​

Meenakshi Jolly, MD, is director of the Rush Lupus Clinic and serves as an attending physician at Rush University Medical Center. She is an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush Medical College and associate director of the rheumatology fellowship program. Jolly serves on the Medical Advisory Board and Board of Directors of the Lupus Foundation of America, Illinois Chapter, and on the Physician Advisory Council of the Lupus Research Institute. She is engaged in investigator-initiated, collaborative lupus research and clinical trials. Her research interests include identification of lupus biomarkers, psychosocial aspects (body image, sexual health) of lupus and patient-reported health outcomes (including quality of life measures).

Jolly is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, the Arthritis Foundation, the International Society of Quality of Life, Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Central Society of Clinical Research. Her work has been published in journals such as Annals of Rheumatic Disease, Arthritis and Rheumatism, Journal of Rheumatology and Lupus.
 
Jolly received her medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi, India. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and her fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Chicago, where she also completed a master's in health studies.  Prior to joining Rush she served as section chief of rheumatology at Christ Medical Center/UIC.

Sonali Khandelwal, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush Medical College. Khandelwal is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and serves as an attending physician at Rush University Medical Center and the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. She is director of the Rush Connective Tissue Disease Clinic and co-director of the Rush Osteoporosis Treatment Center. Dr. Khandelwal received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center, where she served as a chief resident, followed by a fellowship in rheumatology at Rush.

Augustine Manadan, MD, is chairman of Rheumatology at the Cook County Health & Hospital Systems. Manadan is an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush Medical College and is director of education in the Section of Rheumatology at Rush. Manadan serves as an attending physician at both Cook County and Rush.

Manadan is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, Chicago Rheumatism Society and the Arthritis Foundation. His research interests include tuberculosis, myositis and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Manadan's work has been published in journals such as Arthritis and Rheumatism, Journal of Rheumatology, American Journal of Therapeutics, Clinical Infectious Disease, Current Opinion in Rheumatology, Seminars in Arthritis & Rheumatism and Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology.
Manadan received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in rheumatology at Rush.

Andrew D. Ruthberg, MD, is assistant professor of medicine and an attending physician at Rush University Medical Center. Ruthberg is the director of the Rush Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinic and co-director of the Osteoporosis Treatment Center. He has been in private practice, specializing in rheumatology, for more than 25 years.

Ruthberg is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Rheumatology, American College of Physicians and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry. His clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis, other inflammatory diseases and osteoporosis.
Ruthberg received his medical degree from Brown University. He completed his internship and residency at State University of New York - Downstate and his fellowship in rheumatology at Brown University.

Mondira Sengupta, MD, is assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush Medical College. Dr. Sengupta serves as an attending physician at Rush University Medical Center and the J. H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County.

Sengupta is a member of the American College of Rheumatology. Her research interest include osteoarthritis of the knee and developing improved treatment strategies. Dr. Sengupta's work has been published in journals such as Osteoarthritis and Cartilage and Arthritis and Rheumatism.
Sengupta received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed his internship and residency at Boston University Medical Center and her fellowship at Rush University Medical Center.

Winston Sequeira, MD, is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush Medical College and serves as a senior attending physician at both J. H. Stroger, Jr, Hospital of Cook County and Rush. Sequeira is the associate director of the Rush Lupus Clinic. Dr. Sequeira is a fellow of both the American College of Rheumatology and the American College of Physicians. He is also a member of the Chicago Rheumatism Society. Dr. Sequeira received his medical degree from St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, India. He completed his internship and residency at Cook County Hospital and his fellowship at the University of Illinois. Sequeira has a special interest in sarcoidosis, infectious arthritis and scleroderma.

Najia Shakoor, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush Medical College and serves as an attending physician at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Shakoor received her medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine and her fellowship in rheumatology at Rush.​

Services
University Rheumatologists offers the following services:
  • Consultative care for patients with complex autoimmune connective tissue diseases, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and vasculitis
  • Primary management of musculoskeletal disorders, such as osteoarthritis, bursitis and tendinitis
  • Evaluation and treatment for osteoporosis
  • A wide range of infusion therapies
  • On-site X-ray and bone mineral density testing
  • Lab testing

 

In addition to providing comprehensive and compassionate patient care, faculty members in the practice are involved in a number of research projects searching for the causes and treatment of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. They are also involved in training physicians and scientists in both the clinical and research aspects of rheumatic diseases.

Accreditation and Recognition

University Rheumatologists
1611 W. Harrison St.
Orthopedic Building
Suite 510
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 563-2800
Fax: (312) 563-2075
Email: rheumatology@rush.edu
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