Rachel Elizabeth Elam, MD, ScM

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Rachel Elizabeth Elam, MD, ScM

Rheumatology

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Dr. Elam is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Rheumatology. Dr. Elam’s clinical practice focuses on the diagnosis and patient-centered treatment of autoimmune, musculoskeletal and bone diseases, including inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis), myositis, Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic vasculitis, and osteoporosis, among others. Her research interests are in improving holistic health of patients with autoimmune disease through optimizing preventive care for common complications of these conditions and their treatments, namely, fractures, infections, and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Elam is also passionate about educating the next generation of physicians about rheumatology, and as such, is active in teaching medical students at Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Elam was born in Atlanta, GA and grew up in the metro Atlanta area. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia. At the University of Georgia, Dr. Elam was a member of the prestigious Foundation Fellowship. Dr. Elam then went to the Johns Hopkins University to study public health, where she graduated with a Masters of Science in Biostatistics. Dr. Elam’s time working in public health inspired her to become a physician. She trained at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, completing her medical degree, residency in Internal Medicine, and finally, her Rheumatology fellowship all here in Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Elam is board certified in Internal Medicine. She is an active member of the American College of Rheumatology and the Georgia Society of Rheumatology.

  • Clinical Interests

    Autoimmune, musculoskeletal and bone diseases, including inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis), myositis, Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic vasculitis, and osteoporosis, among others

  • Research Interests

    Osteoporosis, infection prevention in patient's on immunosuppressive medications

  • Specialties

    Rheumatology

  • Language(s)

    English

Positions

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine - Certified, 2019

Education and Training

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Internship: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Residency: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Fellowship: Medical College of Georgia at Augsuta University

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