This rheumatology practice had been located in the Crossroads Medical Building in Ellicott City, MD from 1991 and then moved to StevensForest Green in Columbia, Md in August, 2018. Over these 32 years, we have registered over 90,000 patients, referred by primary care physicians and most other specialties from the greater Baltimore and central Maryland region although it is not uncommon to see patients from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, DC, Delaware and points further.
Our team is highly skilled and experienced. We greatly value the long term, ongoing relationships that we have with our patients. It is our mission to provide the highest quality care compassionately and with attention to the unique needs of our patients who have chronic rheumatologic diseases.
|Paul A. Gertler, MD ( RETIRED adult rheumatology) had been practicing clinical rheumatology in Baltimore and Ellicott City for 33 years until his retirement in the end of 2018.
He had faithfully provided excellent care for his patients and had been instrumental in establishing this group as the premier rheumatology practice in Howard County. We are grateful for his dedication and hard work over the past 3 decades.
|Stephen W. George, MD (adult & pediatric rheumatology) graduated from University of Maryland Medical School in 1986 and completed his Residency/Fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He has been board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Adult Rheumatology, and Pediatric Rheumatology and has recently recertified in Pediatric Rheumatology. In addition his working for this practice since 1992, Dr. George had been the head of the Pediatric Rheumatology at University of Maryland from 1996 through 2013. He provides pediatric rheumatology consulting for inpatients at Sinai hospital and continues to teach their residents. Dr George has been repeatedly voted a Top Doctor in the Baltimore magazine.
|Melissa Hawkins-Holt, MD (adult & pediatric rheumatology) graduated from University of Maryland Medical School where she also completed her Residency/Fellowship. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Rheumatology. Board recertifications have been maintained and Maintenance of Certifications are up to date. In addition to her 19 years in this practice, she has been the head of Pediatric Rheumatology at University of Maryland from 2014 through 2023. She provides pediatric rheumatology consultations for inpatients at University of Maryland. Dr Hawkins-Holt has also been repeatedly voted as a Top Doctor in Baltimore magazine.
|Thomas J. Lang, MD, PhD (adult rheumatology) graduated from University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr Lang was Professor of Medicine in UMMS Department of Rheumatology for 7 years where he was the Chief of the Arthritis Clinic, Baltimore VA Medical Center and Director of Clinical Education at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He joined this practice in 2005. Dr. Lang has regularly participated in several clinical research trials providing access to cutting edge therapies if deemed appropriate for our patients. He is also providing inpatient rheumatology consultations for Howard County General Hospital.
Moe T. Zan, MD (adult rheumatology)
completed her Internal Medicine residency in Danbury, Conn. and comleted her Rheumatology fellowship at Dartmouth in 2010. She has been board certified in Internal Medicine and is currently certified in Adult Rheumatology. She has previously practiced clinical rheumatology at Dartmouth and Johns Hopkins. She joined this practice in 2013.
|Marlyn Lorenzo, MD (adult rheumatology) completed her Rheumatology fellowship in 2005,after her Internal Medicine residency, at Cabrini Medical Center in New York City. She has been board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She has been a staff rheumatologist at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore since 2005 and was the Chief of Rheumatology 2010 to 2015, before joining our group in early 2016.
|Shabnam Ali, MD, MBBS. (adult rheumatology) completed her Rheumatology fellowship at Wayne State University(Detroit, MI)in 2013 after having already completed an Infectious disease fellowship at Louisiana State University (Shreveport, LA) in 2010. Dr. Ali is board certified in adult rheumatology. She had been practicing rheumatology in Charlotte, NC for 5 years, before joining our practice in April, 2019. As part of her services in our practice, she will be providing adult rheumatology inpatient consultations at Howard County General Hospital.
| Alyssa Metzler Chin, PA- C -is a board certified Physician Assistant who joined our group in 2018 and is now very experienced in adult rheumatology. We appreciate her confidence and independence. She had previously worked for 2 years in a private Internal Medicine practice in Florida. She graduated from University of Maryland, College Park in 2012 and completed her Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2016 at NOVA Southeastern University in Florida.
Parvin Salari, PA-C -is a board certified Physician Assistant who is very experienced in rheumatology, having practiced rheumatology for 8 years before joining our group in 2023. She had a former career as a physician in Iran for 13 years. Her depth of knowledge, years of experience and genuine consideration for her patients are very evident.