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Gelareh Atefi, MD

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  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medical Biography
Clinical Interests
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Seronegative Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Medical School
    • Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences
  • Residency
    • Michigan State University Hurley Medical Center - Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship
    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - Immunology
Board Certified
  • Rheumatology
  • Internal medicine

Dr. Gelareh Atefi is a board-certified Rheumatologist and Clinical Assistant professor of Medicine at the GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

She obtained her Medical Degree in Iran at Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences and was granted a research award by the Iranian Health Ministry as one of the top ten medical researchers in the country due to her publications, teaching efforts, and volunteer work at the University Research Center.

Dr. Atefi moved to the United States to pursue her lifelong interest in Immunology. She completed three years of postdoctoral research fellowship in Dr. Peter Ward's laboratory at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She went on to join the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Michigan State University Hurley Medical Center. She continued her research in Immunology as a Research Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. George Tsokos at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)/ Harvard Medical School in Boston. She then continued her training as a Rheumatology Fellow at BIDMC/Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Dr. Atefi has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and presented at various national and international conferences. She is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Rheumatology, and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) where she was granted the certification of Clinical Densitometries. Dr, Atefi is performing diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound with the George Washington University Division of the rheumatology ultrasound team and has expertise in musculoskeletal ultrasound. During her twenty years of medical education, she has always been passionate about teaching and has actively participated in medical student, resident, and fellow educational activities.

After completing her Fellowship in 2017, Dr. Atefi moved to the DC Metropolitan area to join her husband, and be closer to family. She looks forward to providing the best health care for her patients while building meaningful relationships and helping them to live their best life. Dr. Atefi specializes in Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Seronegative Arthritis, and Osteoarthritis and is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.