THE CENTER FOR ARTHRITIS AND RHEUMATIC DISEASES
Michael A. Weitz, MD
Dr. Weitz is the founder and Co-Director of the Center for Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases, a Center of Excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of Rheumatologic conditions and Osteoporosis. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr. Weitz is a graduate of the Weill Cornel Medical College and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. He continued his medical education at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he completed his fellowship training in Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology.
Dr. Weitz cares for patients with rheumatic and autoimmune diseases and osteoporosis. He has been involved in medical research and has participated in numerous clinical trials, studying new and unique treatments which are now used commonly in the treatment of patients. He is a former Voluntary Faculty member of the Miller School of Medicine in Miami, serving as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in Rheumatology. Dr. Weitz is past President of the Florida Society of Rheumatology and a current member of the Executive Board of the Florida Society of Rheumatology. He has also served on the Board of Governors of the Florida Medical Association, advocating for patient rights and insurance reforms to improve access to care and affordable medications for the people of Florida. He is recognized as a National Thought Leader in Rheumatology and lectures nationally on Rheumatologic topics, care, and treatment. He is a consultant and on the Speakers Bureau of multiple pharmaceutical companies. He is also a Chief Medical Officer and VIP of AARA and on the AARA Board. Dr. Weitz is married and has four children and three grandchildren. He is dedicated to his family and thrives on being physically active, exercising on a regular basis, traveling, skiing, outdoor activities, and wine collecting.
Dr. Ritter has been acknowledged by his peers with Top Doctor in Rheumatology in Miami Award since 2000 and by his patients with the Compassionate Doctor Award for the last several years. Dr. Ritter graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He obtained his medical degree from George University Medical School, graduating with honors, Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, an affiliate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York City. He went on to do a fellowship in Rheumatology at Georgetown University Medical Center. After completing his fellowship at Georgetown, he practiced in Washington, DC for 5 years at the Center for Arthritis and Rehabilitation before coming to Miami to join the Center for Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases. Dr. Ritter is married with 3 children, and enjoys basketball, surfing, music, and movies.
He completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has published multiple articles and given several lectures at local and national conferences in his field. He speaks both English and Spanish.
The Center for Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases
The Center for Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases is a single specialty group with four Rheumatologists and one Physician Assistant. We approach each patient as unique. We recognize that communication and listening is of the utmost importance in the diagnosis and maintenance of a relationship with the patient in the treatment of diseases that often last a lifetime. We have many years of experience and expertise in making often times difficult to make diagnoses and instituting up to date treatment regimens. We understand that we must view every patient as an individual in the setting of who they are, their families and their jobs. On site we have digital X-ray, MRI, Bone Density Testing, ultrasound, an infusion suite and clinical trials. We provide expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoarthritis, neck and back pain, tendinitis, bursitis, sciatica, hypermobilty, Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Scleroderma, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Enteropathic Arthritis, Myositis, Vasculitis and other musculoskeletal and autoimmune disorders. We perform injections with and without ultrasound guidance. The Center for Arthritis offers complete rheumatologic care in one convenient location.