James McNeilis, MD                                                         Board Certified in Rheumatology 


Dr.McNeilis earned his undergraduate and his graduate (M.D) degrees from The Ohio State University. Dr.McNeilis also performed his residency and rheumatology fellowship training at The Ohio State University. He is board certified in Rheumatology by the The American College of  Rheumatology.


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WHAT IS A RHEUMATOLOGIST?                                                      

A rheumatologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.).  Dr.McNeilis specifically specializes in early diagnosis and aggressive intervention of these diseases to maximize the outcome. Rheumatic diseases are characterized by pain and inflammation in the joints and associated structures, and muscle soreness and stiffness.

Rheumatologists undergo extensive training and are highly qualified in the medical (i.e., nonsurgical) treatment of rheumatic diseases, including the following:

  • Autoimmune diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, Sjögren's syndrome, scleroderma, and polymyositis)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis (inflammation of a fluid-filled sac [bursa]; common in the knees, shoulders, hips, and elbows)
  • Gout (metabolic disease that causes acute arthritis and joint inflam,mation)
  • Osteoporosis (low bone density, often causes fractures)
  • Pseudogout (chronic arthritis similar to gout; common in the knees)
  • Spondyloarthropathies (e.g., ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis)
  • Tendonitis (inflammation of a tendon, which connects muscle to bone; common in the knees, shoulders, and elbows)
  • Vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels causing body damage; e.g., giant cell arteritis, Wegener's granulomatosis)
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica