University of Connecticut School of Medicine Rheumatology Fellowship

University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Medicine
University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Medicine


Rheumatologist Dr. Micha Abeles manages his own practice in Meriden, Connecticut, and maintains affiliations with numerous medical organizations and associations. Prior to launching his medical career, Dr. Micha Abeles completed a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Connecticut. The University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Medicine offers a Division of Rheumatic Disease Fellowship.

He then went on to become a full professor and head the Division of Rheumatology until his retirement from the university to go into full time private practice


Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

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With 35 years as a physician in private practice in Meriden, Connecticut, Dr. Micha Abeles provides patient care for numerous conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis. In addition to his focus in rheumatology, Dr. Micha Abeles also diagnoses and treats fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia, a disorder that involves musculoskeletal pain, affects approximately two percent of the United States population. The pain that individuals experience with fibromyalgia is usually a dull ache that lasts at least three months. This condition generally involves a widespread pain, which is described as above and below the waist as well as on each side of the body.

In addition to pain, fatigue is a common symptom of fibromyalgia. Individuals will typically wake up tired even if they slept an appropriate number of hours. Fatigue can also come about from a lack of sleep caused by sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and other sleep disorders that are associated with fibromyalgia.

Dr. Micha Abeles – Recognized as One of America’s Top Doctors


Dr. Micha Abeles
Dr. Micha Abeles

Dr. Micha Abeles possesses more than four decades of rheumatology experience and manages his own practice in Meriden, Connecticut. A rheumatologist with numerous commendations over the course of his career, Dr. Micha Abeles has been chosen one of Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors® for multiple years in a row.

Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors® celebrates the best doctors in a broad range of disciplines and medical concentrations from across the country. America’s Top Doctors® selects recipients through a rigorous three-phase process that incorporates peer nomination, extensive research, and a careful screening review. More than 50,000 physicians and healthcare executives participate in the nomination process each year.

Once the nomination period closes, Castle Connolly’s physician-led research team gathers information regarding the top doctors for various disciplines and medical concentrations on a regional and national level. Castle Connolly’s research involves communications with an assortment of medical authorities, including leading specialists and chairs of clinical departments.

The research team puts the credentials of all nominees through a rigorous review process that examines factors such as board certifications, medical training, and professional achievements. For more information on Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors® and its selection process, visit

Rheumatoid Arthritis Triggers Chronic Inflammation of the Joints

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Micha Abeles brings more than four decades of experience in the study and treatment of rheumatologic illnesses to his practice in Meriden, Connecticut. Over the course of his career, Dr. Micha Abeles has treated a wide array of rheumatic diseases, including polymyalgia and systemic lupus erythematosus. Dr. Abeles’ research has included rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the most common form of autoimmune arthritis.

A disease that typically affects the wrist and finger joints, RA causes chronic joint inflammation due to a faulty immune system that produces antibodies and immune cells that target joint tissue. The inflammation and swelling can damage the cartilage and thicken the lining of the joint.
The enlarged lining of the joint may eventually lead to bone erosion and permanent disfigurement of finger and wrist joints. Although it primarily affects the hands, feet, elbows, knees, and ankles, RA can also trigger inflammation in other organs and body tissues.

Early signs of RA range from extended morning stiffness and tenderness in multiple joints to joint pain and swelling. Symptoms also typically manifest in the same joints on both sides of the body.

The severity of pain and tenderness may fluctuate, but increased activity of the disease, known as flares, may last for days or months is due to an increase in inflammation. High levels of ongoing inflammation may also cause other problems throughout the body,
Treatment for RA focuses on symptom management and the prevention of joint damage. Aggressive early treatment is required to prevent joint damage and achieve remission, a period of disease inactivity with minimal or no active inflammation.

Rheumatologists generally prescribe medications to relieve the symptoms of RA. In some cases, joint replacement surgery can help patients regain lost mobility due to severe joint damage.

ACR Efforts to Improve Lupus Outcomes Continue in 2016

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American College of Rheumatology

For several decades, Dr. Micha Abeles has been leading a successful career as a medical practitioner and educator. A former professor of medicine, he currently maintains his own private practice, serves on the Connecticut Rheumatology Association board, and maintains various editorial and reviewer positions for a number of scholarly journals. Dr. Micha Abeles also belongs to the American College of Rheumatology.

An ethically-driven organization, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has been working to advance the rheumatology subspecialty since 1934. As a part of its efforts, the organization announced in July 2016 that it will be using a one-year, $335,000 grant from the Office of Minority Health (OMH) to expand its national education program The Lupus Initiative (TLI). Funds will go toward developing a program model that will improve the health outcomes of individuals living with lupus. To accomplish this, the ACR will partner with several lupus stakeholders, including Emory University School of Medicine and St. Charles Rheumatology Clinic.

The ACR has been working to improve lupus health outcomes for several years. Last year, the organization used OMH grant funds to develop an expert-informed program model that addressed various barriers facing minorities who are affected by lupus. The 2016 award will expand on these efforts and provide health providers with important education regarding the condition. It will also help the ACR provide specialty care to individuals with lupus in underserved and rural areas.

Earning a Castle Connolly Top Doctor Designation

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Castle Connolly Top Doctor Designation

Accomplished rheumatologist Dr. Micha Abeles has been practicing medicine for more than 40 years. Currently providing rheumatologic care to patients in private practice, he is a former professor of medicine and chief of rheumatology at the University of Connecticut. As testament to his expertise in the field, Dr. Micha Abeles has been recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, Best Doctor and Top Doctor in Connecticut numerous times.

To make it easier for consumers to find the best quality health care, Castle Connolly publishes its Top Doctors series every year. Physicians included in the organization’s publication stand out from their peers in a variety of ways. They are reviewed based on everything from their education and training to hospital appointments and disciplinary histories. Since Castle Connolly does not accept payment to include doctors on its Top Doctors lists, consumers can be sure that rated physicians are the best in the specialties and communities.

The nomination process is quite extensive and starts when a physician is nominated by their peers. Castle Connolly contacts over 50,000 physicians and executives to request peer nominations each year. Physicians make nominations among colleagues in their own medical specialty and indicate whether their nomination is among the best in the nation or the region. Once the organization collects its nominations, a physician-led research team starts reviewing each nominee. This review process scrutinizes every detail of a physician’s patient outcomes, education, and practice to ensure Castle Connolly only includes top professionals.