Department of Medicine

Rheumatology Fellowship

The Rheumatology Fellowship Program at The University of Toledo is a two-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship program that offers rigorous clinical and research training in rheumatology, with a goal to prepare our trainees for careers in academic medicine as well as community practice. The program provides organized training and supervision experience sufficient for the trainee to acquire proficiency as a consultant in rheumatology. The program provides both the facilities and clinical experience with supervision to achieve this goal.  Fellows will learn and practice the fundamentals of rheumatology, and also have the opportunity to experience both clinical and translational research in rheumatology.

We host many accomplished and well-respected physicians nationally and internationally in The University of Toledo, especially in Rheumatology. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to meet the educational needs for our fellows in a collegial, academic environment.

Each year, we will accept up to two Rheumatology fellows to join our program. The first year is heavily oriented towards gaining clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient rheumatology. The second year is more geared toward clinical and investigational research exposure, where each fellow will have protected time to build and conduct research effort, based on the fellow’s interest.

As a trainee in the Rheumatology Fellowship, you have access to a broad and highly specialized training experience that includes comprehensive clinical experience to evaluate and manage the full spectrum of rheumatic diseases, in addition to robust didactic curriculum designed to teach clinical skills, basic science, immunology, radiology and pathophysiology and management of all rheumatic diseases.


The program fulfills the training requirements as defined by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Application Process

Applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) ERAS application system. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) subspecialty match.   The application process for fellowship positions will begin on the ERAS release date in July and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  We recommend candidates submit their applications as early as possible to expedite scheduling of interviews.  Applicants are invited for an interview after review of their application.  We welcome applications from BE/BC internal medicine physicians. United States citizens and J1 visa holders are encouraged to apply. At this time, we are not able to sponsor H1-B visas.


The curriculum of rheumatology fellowship includes core curriculum series on weekly basis that includes the following:


Type of conference



Didactic session that will include one of the following:

  • Rheumatology Core curriculum topics (example: RA, SLE, gout, Akylosing spondylitis, vasculitis, etc)
  • Rheumatology Board Questions
  • Hands on polarized microscopy  
  • Joint Injection techniques in the simulation lab

Every week


Clinical case conference once a month

Once a month


Journal Club/Research conference once a month

Once a month


Pathology/immunology laboratory

Every other month


 Musculoskeletal Radiology conference

Every other month


Quality improvement conference

Once every 3 months

National Meeting

We encourage our fellows to attend the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting, and we will support their travel to attend the meeting including lodging. One meeting every year will be reimbursed by the program. The fellow can choose different national meeting to attend, we will reimburse up to $1,500 towards expenses for that meeting. 

Our Faculty

Kahaleh, Bashar, M.D.


Chief, Division of Rheumatology and Immunology
Professor, Internal Medicine 

Nezam Altorok, M.D.

Nezam Altorok, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
Program Director, Rheumatology Fellowship

Navya Parsa, M.D.

Navya Parsa, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
Associate Program Director, Rheumatology Fellowship


Rujuta Trivedi, M.D.

Rujuta Trivedi, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
Division of Rheumatology 

Svetlana I. Kriegel, M.D.

Svetlana I. Kriegel, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
Allergy and Immunology 


Our fellows

Jessica Huffstutter, M.D.

Jessica Huffstutter, MD

Medical School:  University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, Tennessee M.D. 2015 
Post Graduate: University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga Chattanooga,
Tennessee Internal Medicine Resident July 2015- present

Contact Us 

Oralia Hensley
Program Coordinator

Last Updated: 2/12/20