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News Richard Lai, MD Brings Rheumatology to the Great Falls Clinic


Richard Lai, MD

The Great Falls Clinic is pleased to welcome Richard Lai, MD, to the Great Falls community and to our team. He is board eligible in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology and carries an active certification in sonography. Dr. Lai’s special interests are in various connective tissue diseases such as systemic lupus erythromatosus (SLE), inflammatory joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and Sjogren’s syndrome, osteoarthritis, gout, pseduogout and all rheumatologic conditions such as vasculitis, seronegative spondyloarthropathies, sarcoidosis and scleroderma.

Dr. Lai received his medical degree from the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine in Cole Bay, St. Maarten. He then spent one year post-graduate investing his time in clinical research at Jerome Greene Sjogren’s Center at Johns Hopkins University. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland in 2013. In just a short time, Dr. Lai received the valued position of site recruiter research fellow, a position that has continued to expand and accelerate through his own instruction, leadership, and dedication. Dr. Lai then went on to complete his fellowship in Rheumatology at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC in 2015.

Dr. Lai has participated in many research assignments, abstracts and publications, and non-research related academic activities. Dr. Lai looks forward to beginning and expanding his Rheumatology practice in the Great Falls community as well as across the region. He is excited to move to the Great Falls community and experience the opportunities that the Big Sky Country has to offer.

Dr. Lai will begin seeing patients October 12, 2015 and is accepting new patients and physician referrals at the Great Falls Clinic Specialty Center, 3000 15th Avenue South. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 406.454.2171.

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