Welcome to West Michigan Rheumatology

We provide outstanding care for patients with immune-mediated and rheumatic disease, including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, poly and dermatomyositis, psoriatic arthritis and various types of vasculitis.  Our four full-time rheumatologists bring you the benefit of deep clinical experience and translational research. We have a decades long relationship with MercyHealth and physicians in Muskegon and along the Lakeshore. We are working with MercyHealth to provide seamless continuous care despite the closure of rheumatology services in Muskegon.

Our four rheumatologists trained in different national centers of excellence:

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Mayo Clinic
  • University of Tennessee – Memphis
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Each brings unique experience and perspective.  You benefit from our collective knowledge and collaboration.

Integrated Clinical Care

In our model of care, we provide patient care, teach medical learners and conduct research seamlessly at one site.  We promise you will always see your rheumatologist, never an assistant, and will never be charged a facility fee.   To make care more coordinated, our electronic medical records are linked and communicate with many other systems including:  MercyHealth, Spectrum Health, MetroHealth, Borgess and Mayo Clinic.

Nationally Recognized Quality

MIPS is a mandated national medical quality program.   Electronic medical records are used to continuously audit and report your physician’s interaction with each patient.  This attempts to measure and compare quality of care with the goal of improving patient experience by encouraging patient centered care.

In 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 West Michigan Rheumatology achieved a maximum MIPs Quality Score of 100%, distinguishing our practice as providing the highest quality care by the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS).

Championing Shared Decision-Making 

Shared decision-making (SDM) is an underpinning of patient centered care.  It begins with an attitude of mutual respect between the physician and patient and takes form in the dialogue where facts, personal values and choice are shared.  The MSU College of Human Medicine and faculty at West Michigan Rheumatology have been early leaders in developing and implementing SDM as a clinical science. We have published our translational research in multiple peer reviewed journals.  As shared decision making is identified as a MIPS improvement activity – the use of patient decision aids to support shared decision-making is one indicator of high quality care.  This demonstrates that listening and caring are core values at WMR.

Committed & Trusted

Since 1991 we have:
  • Seen >100,000 new patients
  • Trained > 400 medical learners
  • Completed > 75 clinical trials
  • Published > 80 scholarly articles

Research News

WMR Leads 2021 International Patient Decision Aids Standards Research

Bias, disinformation, and ‘fake news’ have taken a toll on peoples trust of information from retail news, political parties and public health sources. This is particularly visible with vaccine hesitancy but also with some riskier medical treatments. The International Patient Decision Aids Standards Group is an international academic movement that researches and creates guidelines for the optimal design and development of patient decision aids – unbiased information structured to support patients making informed choices about medical options. WMR has participated with colleagues on four continents since 2007. This expansive review and synthesis is part of the most recent Update on the IPDAS standards that was published 10/1/2021 in the academic journal Medical Decision Making.

`The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered.’
William Mayo, MD 1910