- MD: Iuliu Haţieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania
- Internship (Medicine): Johns-Hopkins University – Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD
- Residency (Medicine): Johns-Hopkins University – Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD
- Fellowship (Rheumatology): Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Dr. Orbai is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology. She earned her medical degree from the Iuliu Hatieganu School of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, in Romania. She then completed internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University-Sinai Hospital program. Subsequently, Dr. Orbai pursued fellowship training in rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
At the outset of her fellowship training, Dr. Orbai focused on research projects in systemic lupus erythematous (SLE) and contributed to the development of new classification criteria for SLE, published in 2012. Thereafter, in the second half of her fellowship, Dr. Orbai discovered her passion for patient reported outcomes in the context of inflammatory arthritis where she since focused her research efforts.
Dr. Orbai joined the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center and is actively involved in patient care with a predominant focus on psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Her research efforts seek to understand, from patients, how they experience arthritis in their lives. This knowledge will build the foundation for choosing and designing measures of disease activity and health related quality of life measures that can be used to improve the care and outcomes of people with arthritis.