Department and Faculty

Kenneth J. Warrington, M.D., and John M. Davis III, M.D., of Mayo Clinic

Division of Rheumatology Chair Kenneth J. Warrington, M.D., and Vice Chair John M. Davis III, M.D.

The Division of Rheumatology at Mayo Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases. It is a busy clinical practice with staff rheumatologists and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) seeing approximately 14,000 patients per year.

Rheumatic diseases seen include a vast number of arthritides such as crystalline, spondyloarthropathies, rheumatoid arthritis and others; connective tissue diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma and mixed connective tissue diseases; vasculitides, such as giant cell arteritis, Takayasu's arteritis and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis; and polymyositis and dermatomyositis. Rare rheumatic diseases are seen on a regular basis as well, such as relapsing polychondritis, retroperitoneal fibrosis and the autoinflammatory diseases.

The division is organized around subspecialty clinics such as the Connective Tissue Disease Clinic, the Inflammatory Arthritis Clinic, the Inflammatory Myositis Clinic and the Vasculitis Clinic. Clinical expertise is integrated with the newest forms of diagnostic and therapeutic methods. Approximately 18 rheumatologists constitute the staff physicians.

Department leadership


In addition to caring for patients in their clinical practices, Mayo Clinic's faculty is committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Many of our faculty members have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields. You have direct access to the rheumatology faculty at Mayo Clinic throughout your training in the Rheumatology Fellowship.

Advisers and mentors

You are assigned a faculty career adviser and a research advisor who provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. Trainees meet with their advisers periodically throughout the program to review their progress and career goals, and ensure that their educational needs are being met. Your adviser also serves as a contact point for introducing you and your family to Rochester, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic system.

Visiting professors

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during lectures, participate in hospital rounds and have informal discussions with trainees. You are encouraged to take full advantage of these educational opportunities.