Dr. Yael Klionsky graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. After spending two years doing immunology research at the National Institute of Health, Dr. Klionsky attended medical school at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Her internal medicine residency at Case Western in Cleveland, Ohio followed by a fellowship in rheumatology at Wake Forest University led to dedicated research on harnessing the power of the immune system as it intersects with rheumatology.

Her passion for rheumatology as it relates to the patients’ experiences is evident in the dozens of published research articles and abstracts. Dr. Klionsky has presented her research at several conferences, and won awards specifically focused on how to formulate and explore pressing medical questions using large scale databases to drive analytic solutions.  She has presented abstracts and published works that examine comorbidities and rheumatic disease, in particular systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Most notably, Dr. Klionsky led a large scale population study that suggests women of reproductive age with SLE or RA are at an increased risk for unexplained infertility.

Dr. Klionsky believes developing strong doctor-patient relationships dedicated to overall welfare is key to successful long-term treatments and pain management. When she’s not working, Dr. Klionsky loves to travel, swim, and is currently pursuing a new hobby of glass blowing and ceramics. Most importantly, as a native of Pittsburgh, she is always in search of Terrible Towels worldwide.


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