Scleroderma Center at UCLA

Los Angeles, California

✔ A top center for adults with systemic scleroderma       ✔ Accepts Medicare and Medicaid
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Scleroderma Experts
Types of Scleroderma: All
Ages: Adults Only
Insurance: Medicare and Medicaid Accepted
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This center includes very experienced scleroderma experts, Drs. Clements and Furst, who combined, have well over 60 years of experience in scleroderma, and heavy involvement in the scleroderma patient communities. The center diagnoses and treats adults with all types of scleroderma.

Scleroderma often takes many years to diagnose because of insidious onset, vague initial symptoms, and low physician and public awareness. It is typically diagnosed and treated by rheumatologists, but because it is a rare and very complex disease, there are only a few dozen scleroderma specialists in the United States. Expert care can be crucial for proper screening, diagnosis, patient education, clinical trials, and treatment. (Also see: What is Scleroderma?, Diagnosis of Scleroderma and Scleroderma Expert Directory)

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This scleroderma center is in Los Angeles, California, which is the second largest city in the USA.

UCLA Rheumatology Department
UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 365C
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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UCLA Rheumatology Department but only the doctors listed below are their scleroderma experts.

Scleroderma Experts

Although there are many other doctors in this division, these are the only ones listed specifically as scleroderma experts by the center as of our last update.

Physician, Degree

Philip Clements, MD
Daniel E. Furst, MD

Types of Scleroderma Treated: Systemic Only

This center reports that they diagnose and treat only adults with any form of scleroderma, including localized (morphea, linear, en coup) or systemic sclerosis (diffuse, limited or CREST.) (Also see Difficult Diagnosis and Types of Scleroderma)

Ages Treated: Adults Only

These doctors diagnose and treat only adults, not children.

Insurance: Medicare and/or Medicaid? Both.

This center accepts Medicare and Medicaid, as well as many other types of insurance. They also accept Medi-Cal, but not as payment in full. Please verify insurance coverage.


The medical book, Systemic Sclerosis, is by Drs. Clements and Furst. Combined, these two doctors have well over 60 years of experience in scleroderma, and heavy involvement in the scleroderma patient communities.

This center is a member of the Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium (SCTC), which means that they participate in SCTC peer-reviewed international clinical trials for scleroderma.

Last Review, Update or News Posting

06/21/2017: Page information verified by Vanessa Hamann, ISN Scleroderma Expert List Coordinator. Page information updated. Two experts removed, Harold Paulus MD and Alan Gorn MD. JEF

05/07/2016: Overview added. JEF

12/28/2015: All page information updated and verified with UCLA.

11/01/2011: Page published.

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