Dr. Michael Smitherman, MD

Dr. Smitherman was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He developed an interest in medicine and rheumatology at an early age when his grandmother was diagnosed with a rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma overlap syndrome. Observing the challenges she endured as a patient and the challenges faced by her caregivers served as a great inspiration for Dr. Smitherman to become a rheumatologist.

Dr. Smitherman graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1995 and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida. He returned to Georgia and practiced Internal Medicine in Cumming and Tucker between 1998 to 2001. In 2001, he returned to complete a fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Florida (Gainesville) to achieve his goal of becoming a rheumatologist. While at the University of Florida, he was awarded an AMGEN fellowship award. As an AMGEN fellow, he completed research in systemic lupus erythematosus which was presented at the American College of Rheumatology national meeting in 2003. He published research in fibromyalgia in Current Pain and Headache Reports (August, 2002) with Dr. Roland Staud (author of Fibromyalgia for Dummies) and completed research with Dr. N. Larry Edwards on new and emerging therapies for gouty arthritis.

Dr. Smitherman is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. He is also a member of the Medical Association of Atlanta, the Medical Association of Georgia, the Georgia Society of Rheumatology, the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America, and the Georgia Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. He is board certified in Rheumatology and board eligible in internal medicine.

In his off time, he enjoys traveling, photography, and playing bass in several tribute bands.

Atlanta Arthritis Center

Dr. Smitherman has been treating all aspects of rheumatologic disease since he opened his practice in Roswell, Georgia in 2003. He is happy to serve patients locally and regionally. His clinical interests include, but are not limited to, autoimmune disease states such as systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, and inflammatory muscle disease, as well as degenerative arthritis and crystalline induced arthritis.

We offer many services in our office for our patients. There is an on-site Phlebotomist for all lab work needed. We provide a comprehensive physical examination by the physician. We also offer intra-articular injections (inside the affected joint) or aspiration of fluid by the physician; synovial fluid analysis; custom corrective foot insoles to aide in walking, standing, and running; and knee & back bracing systems. Bone Densitometry DEXA scans are available off-site to evaluate for Osteopenia and Osteoporosis.

Atlanta Arthritis Center also provides in house infusion therapy of IV medications by a chemotherapy/ Biologic certified RN. We also accept referrals from other specialties including Neurology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, and more. Our goal is to provide a quality infusion experience with unmatched convenience and customer service for your patients and your staff. Services include Remicade, Orencia, Benlysta, Actemra, and Simponi Aria.

AARA Doctor Smitherman

Atlanta Arthritis Center

1305 Hembree Rd
Suite 101
Roswell, GA30076
Phone: (678) 867-0000
Fax: (678) 867-0003


Board Certified in Rheumatology, Board Eligible in Internal Medicine

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