Our Division is organized as a series of specialist Centers, each focused on a particular rheumatic disease. We have 7 disease-specific Centers (Arthritis, Lupus, Lyme disease, Myositis, Scleroderma, Sjögren’s syndrome, and Vasculitis) and a large Clinic that concentrates on general rheumatologic problems. The primary goal of these Centers is to provide outstanding patient care using a multidisciplinary team approach. The Center include multiple experts (rheumatologists, pulmonologists, cardiologists, hematologists, neurologists, nephrologists, dermatologists, orthopedists, surgeons, and oncologists), who are world-renowned for their knowledge of the diseases and for their considerable clinical experience. The Centers also form the foundation for our extensive research and educational programs. They facilitate the partnership of patients in discovery by enabling easy participation in research studies. The Centers also speed new discovery and its implementation by maximizing interactions between clinical and discovery programs.
We offer the following in clinical care:
- Consultative Rheumatology
- Arthritis Center
- Lupus Center
- Lyme Disease Clinical Research Center
- Myositis Center
- Scleroderma Center
- Sjögren’s Center
- Vasculitis Center
Our normal clinic hours are Monday – Friday 7:30am-5:00pm.
Our normal phone hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 AM -4:00 PM.
- Our Office is closed for the following Holidays:
- New Year’s Eve
- New Year’s Day
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day (July 4th when it falls on a regular business day, the Friday before when it falls on Saturday, or the Monday after when it falls on Sunday)
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day (December 25th when it falls on a regular business day, the Friday before when it falls on Saturday, or the Monday after when it falls on Sunday)
- There may be other posted days that are closed due to divisional activities and/or professional development. That information will be provided on all divisional voicemails.
- After-Hours, Weekends and Holidays Calls
- If you are experiencing a medical emergency after-hours, please call 911 or go to your nearest urgent care facility or emergency department.
- If your need is a medical management question that cannot wait until our next business day, we offer an On-Call Provider to help you. Our On-Call Provider may be paged by calling our answering service at 410-955-6070.
- Inclement Weather and Unexpected Closings
- It is the policy of Johns Hopkins Medicine to reasonably maintain outpatient clinical operations; however, due to weather or other unexpected closings, such as an area-wide power outage or water main break, there may be times when it is necessary to close our office.
- Our closing notices will be provided for you via our voicemail recording and our staff will contact you if we are not able to keep your appointment, let you know what we are experiencing, and when we may be looking to reschedule your visit.
- Scheduling an appointment: Please see our “Make an Appointment” section here.
- Preparing for your visit: Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment to allow enough time to park, complete the check-in process, and be ready for your scheduled appointment. Also, please bring your insurance card and photo ID with you to your appointment.
- Copayments: It is a good idea to check with your insurance to make sure you are covered for your visit and services with us. Please be prepared to pay your copay and any balance due at the time of your visit. We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS, and CHECKS.
- Non participating insurance/self-pay: We realize that insurance may not always cover care at Johns Hopkins. With the exception of Medicare Advantage and Medicaid plans, patients may have the ability to pay out-of-pocket for non-covered services. Patients scheduled for new patient appointments are required to pay a $600 deposit at the time of service. Patients scheduled for return visits are required to pay a $289 deposit at the time of service.
Late, Canceled and No Show Appointments
- Late: The appointment time scheduled for you is time specifically allotted for your visit. If you are running late for an appointment, please call our scheduling office. Please note if you are more than 15 minutes late for your scheduled appointment time, we may not be able to accommodate your visit.
- Canceled / No Show: If you are unable to keep your appointment we require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice. If you repeatedly do not provide our office with 24 hours’ notice, you may be subject to be discharged from our practice.
Prescription Refill Requests
In order for our office to provide you with timely refills, please request your medication refills at least one week in advance. Refill requests may be made via a myChart message to your provider, calling our office, or by receiving a fax from your pharmacy.
The only documentation regarding your health or illness required by law (and included in the office visit charge) is an office visit note. Completing paperwork for schools, camps, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claims, long-term care, life insurance, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and other disability claims go beyond routine medical care and may require an update of your medical information or a special examination. In order to make this determination, please forward your form(s) to our office prior to your scheduled visit. For those forms that can be completed outside of a clinical visit, please allow a minimum of 5 business days for your completed form to be returned to you.