Welcome to the ARA website
Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C., is the largest Rheumatology practice in the Washington, D.C., area. For more than 30 years, the group has served this community and has been dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of persons with disorders of the joints, muscles, tendons, and other connective tissue. Our practice has treatment centers in Wheaton, Rockville, Chevy Chase and Olney, Maryland, and in Northwest Washington, DC.
Our practice integrates excellent medical care with comprehensive services. We maintain a full-service laboratory, x-ray facilities, a physical therapy division, five centers for the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and five infusion centers. We offer patients the opportunity to access the most recent and innovative technologies by maintaining an active clinical research program that participates in national trials to evaluate new medications for the treatment of arthritis, osteoporosis, and a variety of rheumatic diseases.
Are you interested in Clinical Trials?
The Center for Rheumatology and Bone Research is a division of Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, PC, a 18-physician rheumatology practice. The Center was developed to give our patients access to the most recent therapies for the treatment of rheumatic diseases through participation in clinical trials. We began running clinical trials in 1982 and have since participated in the evaluation of new agents for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Sjögren’s syndrome, Fibromyalgia, tendinitis and Ankylosing Spondylitis. We remain committed to the evaluation of investigational treatments for all of the rheumatic diseases. Our research center is located in Wheaton, MD, on the grounds of Westfield Shoppingtown Wheaton. The Center is easily accessible by car, bus or subway.
ARA welcomes Dr. Jeffrey A. Potter
Dr. Potter is a native of Fort Washington, MD, and attended Columbia University where he earned his B.A. degree in 2000 with dual majors in Pre-Medical Studies and Art History. In 2006 he graduated from Howard University College of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Howard University Hospital before pursuing his Rheumatology fellowship at New York University. Between medical school and his internship/residency, he spent a year at the National Institutes of Health as a recipient of an Intramural Research Training Award.
Dr. Justin Peng visits Good Morning Washington
Justin Peng visited Good Morning Washington as the Medical Honoree for the Walk to Cure Arthritis sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation. He was also the recipient of the “Marriott Lifetime Achievement” Award presented by the Arthritis Foundation to an extraordinary Rheumatologist.
ARA Goes to China
Dr. Herbert Baraf, managing director of Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates and Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University recently returned from China where he was invited to speak at medical conferences in Beijing, Chongqing and Shanghai. Dr. Baraf reports:
“The trip was a rewarding blend of sharing information and building relationships with colleagues facing similar clinical problems on the other side of the world and touring an incredibly fascinating country with a rich cultural history. For me and my wife, this was a trip of a lifetime. We made friends and we learned so much. I was thoroughly energized throughout the trip.”