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Bella Mehta, MBBS, MS, MD

Rheumatology, Internal Medicine

About Dr. Mehta

Dr. Bella Mehta specializes in the care of patients with various rheumatic conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, osteoarthritis and has a particular interest in adult-onset Still's disease. 

Dr. Mehta is actively involved as an investigator in numerous clinical studies focusing on disparities in rheumatologic diseases and has been the recipient of several awards for her research studies. Dr. Mehta’s research reflects her commitment to achieving health equity, focusing on disparities in rheumatologic diseases

Dr. Mehta leads studies to identify and build creative approaches using Big Data to improve diagnoses and patient outcomes. She is an active member of associations for medical professionals in rheumatology.

Departments

Rheumatology

Internal Medicine

Specialized Centers

Integrative Rheumatology and Orthopedics Center

Special Expertise

Inflammatory arthritis, nonsurgical osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, gout, adult onset Still's disease and other auto-inflammatory diseases.

Procedures

Joint aspirations and injections

Patient Stories

Videos

Insurance

Please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out of network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.

Credentials

Appointments

Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College

Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine – Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine – Rheumatology

Awards

American College of Rheumatology Early Career Investigator Subcommittee Member, 2021
Kellen Scholar Award, supported by the Anna Marie and Stephen Kellen Foundation TKIP program, 2021
Margaret Cadwell Research Scholar Endowment, 2021 
Deans Diversity Award Weill Cornell Medicine, 2020    
Leon Lowenstein Foundation Grant, 2020
Leon Lowenstein Foundation Grant, 2019
Ronald MacKenzie Young Scientist Endowment Award, 2018
Distinguished Fellow Award, American College of Rheumatology, 2018
Scholarship, Rheumatology Research Workshop, American College of Rheumatology 2015, 2017 and 2018
Travel Scholarship, Clinical Congress of Rheumatology Meeting 2015, 2018

Education

Terna Medical College, Navi Mumbai, India 2010

Internship

Westchester Medical Center at New York Medical College, 2013

Residency

Westchester Medical Center at New York Medical College, 2015

Fellowship

Hospital For Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2018

State Licensure

Languages

English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi

Publications by Dr. Mehta

Professional Education

Selected Books/Chapters

Mehta B and Magid S. "Laboratory evaluation of Systemic Rheumatic diseases in the lower extremity" Systemic Disease Manifestations in the foot, ankle and lower extremity. Wolters Kluver Publication. Editor - Positano R, Borer J, DiGiovanni C, Trepal M, 2017, Chapter 16.

Mehta B and Efthimiou P. "Macrophage Activation Syndrome", Auto-inflammatory diseases. Springer-Nature publication. Accepted February 2018.

Mehta B, MacKenzie R, Paget S. The Rheumatic Diseases: A Primer.  In Perioperative Care of the Orthopedic Patient, Springer publication, 2019. 

Mehta B, Clinical Epidemiology in rheumatology.  In Absolute Rheumatology Review, Springer-Nature publication, 2019.  Chapter 2. Editor: Efthimiou P.
 

Selected Journal Articles

Mehta B, Luo Y, Xu J, Sammaritano L, Salmon J, Lockshin M, Goodman S, Ibrahim S. “Trends in Maternal and Fetal Outcomes Among Pregnant Women With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in the United States: A Cross-sectional Analysis.” Ann Intern Med. 2019 Aug 6. PubMed PMID: 31284305. 

Mehta B, Brantner C, Williams N, Szymonifka J, Navarro-Millan I, Mandl LA, Bass AR, Russell L, Parks ML, Figgie M, Nguyen J, Ibrahim S, Goodman SM. “Primary Care Provider Density and Elective Total Joint Replacement Outcomes.” Arthroplasty Today. 2021 July 9

Balmuri N, Soulsby WD, Cooley V, Gerber L, Lawson E, Goodman S, Onel K, Mehta B; CARRA Registry Investigators. “Community poverty level influences time to first pediatric rheumatology appointment in Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis”. Pediatr Rheumatol J. 2021 Aug 14;19(1):122. doi: 10.1186/s12969-021-00610-5. PMID: 34391453; PMCID: PMC8364108.

Mehta B, Ho K, Bido J, Memtsoudis SG, Parks ML, Russell L, Goodman SM, Ibrahim S. “Bilateral vs Unilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty: Racial Variation in Utilization and In-Hospital Major Complication Rates”. J Arthroplasty. 2021 Apr;36(4):1310-1317. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2020.10.057. Epub 2020 Nov 2. PMID: 33234385.

Mancuso C, Duculan R, Jannat-Khah D, Barbhaiya M, Bass AR, Mandl LA, Mehta B. “Modifications in Systemic Rheumatic Disease Medications: Patients’ Perspectives during the Height of the COVID-19 Pandemic in New York City.” Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2020 Oct 21. PMID: 33085850.

Mehta B, Ho K, Bido J, Memtsoudis SF, Parks ML, Russell L, Goodman SM, Ibrahim SI. “Bilateral vs Unilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty: Racial Variation in Utilization and In- Hospital Complication Rate.” J Arthroplasty. 2021 April 1. PMID: 332343885

Mehta B, Jannat-Khah D, Mancuso C, Bass AR, Moezinia C, Gibofsky A, Goodman SM, Ibrahim S. “Geographical variations in COVID-19 Perceptions and Patient Management: A National Survey of Rheumatologists.” Sem of Arthritis and Rheumatism. 2020 Oct; 50 (5). PMID: 32911282.

Mehta B, Salmon J, Ibrahim S. “Potential Shortages of Hydroxychloroquine for Patients with Lupus During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic.” JAMA Health Forum. 2020 April 10.

Mehta B, Goodman S, Ho K, Parks M, Ibrahim SA. “Community Deprivation Index and Discharge Destination after Elective Hip Replacement.” Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2021 April. PubMed PMID: 31961488. 

Mehta B, Pedro S, Ozen G, Kalil A, Wolfe F, Mikuls T, Michaud K. “Serious infection risk in rheumatoid arthritis compared with non-inflammatory rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases: a US national cohort study” RMD Open. 2019. PubMed PMID: 31245055; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6560658. 

Mehta B, Ibrahim S, Briggs W, Efthimiou P. “Racial/Ethnic variations in morbidity and mortality in Adult Onset Still's Disease: An analysis of national dataset.” Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2019 Dec. PubMed PMID: 31109638. 

Mehta B, Kasturi S, Teruya-Feldstein, Horwitz S, Bass A, Erkan D, "Adult Onset Still's Disease/ Macrophage Activating Syndrome progressing to lymphoma". Hospital for Special Surgery Journal, 2018.

Goodman S, Mehta B, Zhang M, Szymonifka J, Nyugen J, Lee L, Figgie M, Parks M, Dey S, Crego D, Russell L, Mandl L, Bass A, "Disparities in THA Outcomes: Census Tract Data Show Interactions Between Race and Community Deprivation", Journal of the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 2018.

Mehta B, Bass A, Goto R, Russel L, Parks M, Figgie M, Goodman S, "Disparities in Outcomes for Blacks versus White Undergoing Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Systematic Literature Review", Journal of Rheumatology, 2018.

Goodman S, Mandl L, Mehta B, Navarro-Milan I, Russell L, Parks M, Shirin D, Daisy C, Figgie M, Nyugen J, Szymonifka J, Zhang M, Bass A, "Education mitigates the effect of poverty on total knee arthroplasty outcomes ", Arthritis Care and Research, 2017.

Yandrapalli S, Mehta B, Mondal P, Gupta T, Khattar P, Fallon J, Goldberg R, Sule S, Aronow W, "Cardiac papillary fibroelastoma: The need for a timely diagnosis", World Journal of Clinical Cases, 2017.

Mehta B, Lockshin M, Melisaratos D, "Calcific Tendonitis: An Unusual Presentation of Neck Pain", Hospital for Special Surgery Journal, 2017.

Mehta B, Zapantis E, Petryna O, Efthimiou P, "Screening Optimization of Latent Tuberculosis Infection in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients." Arthritis, 2015.

Efthimiou P, Kadavath S, Mehta B, "Life-threatening complications of adult-onset Still's disease." Clinical Rheumatology, 2014.

Mehta B, Efthimiou P, "Ferritin in adult-onset still's disease: just a useful innocent bystander?" International Journal of Inflammation, 2012.

Mehta B, Efthimiou P, "Radiographic improvement in Sarcoid arthropathy after Infliximab treatment." Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, 2012.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Presentations

Mehta B, Szymonifka J, Dey S, Grassia S, Mandl L, Bass A, Russell L, Parks M, Figgie M, Lee L, Nguyen J, Goodman S, "Relationship of provider density on total joint replacement outcomes" European League against Rheumatism Meeting, June 2018 – Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Mehta B, Briggs W, Efthimiou P, "Epidemiology of Hospitalized Adult Onset Still's Disease in United States." American College of Rheumatology Meeting, November 2017 - San Diego, USA.

Goodman S, Mehta B, Zhang M, Szymonifka J, Nguyen J, Lee L, Figgie M, Parks M, Dey D, Crego D, Russell L, Mandl L, Bass A, "Can Education Mitigate the Effect of Poverty on Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Outcomes?" American College of Rheumatology Meeting, November 2017 - San Diego, USA.

Mehta B, Szymonifka J, Dey S, Grassia S, Mandl L, Bass A, Russell L, Parks M, Figgie M, Lee L, Nguyen J, Goodman S, "Do Immigrant Communities Play a Role in Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) Outcomes?" American College of Rheumatology Meeting, November 2017 - San Diego, USA.

Mehta B, Pedro S, Ozen G, Michaud K, "Serious Infection Risk in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis Compared to Patients with Non-Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases: A US National Cohort Study." American College of Rheumatology Meeting, November 2017 - San Diego, USA.

Mehta B, Szymonifka J, Dey S, Grassia S, Mandl L, Bass A, Russell L, Parks M, Figgie M, Lee L, Nguyen J, Goodman S, "English Language Proficiency and Total Joint Replacement outcomes: Is there a relationship?" American College of Rheumatology Meeting, November 2017 - San Diego, USA.

Ozen G, Pedro S, England B, Mehta B, Wolfe F, Michaud K, "Risk of Serious Infection in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated with Biologic Vs. Non-Biologic Dmards." American College of Rheumatology Meeting, November 2017 - San Diego, USA.

Mehta B, Kaleb M, Shi Q, Efthimiou P, "Prevalence of arthritis increases with obesity and low socioeconomic status: Extrapolated data from a 10-year United States national Survey." European League against Rheumatism Meeting, June 2015 - Rome, Italy.

Mehta B, Shi Q, Mujib M, Gazivoda V, Tassiulas I, "Association of Pneumococcal Vaccination with in-hospital mortality in systemic lupus erythematosus: A Nationwide Study." Clinical Congress of Rheumatology Meeting, May 2015 - Destin, USA.

Mehta B, Shi Q, Efthimiou P, "Prevalence of Latent Tuberculosis infection in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients: findings from a United States National Study." American College of Rheumatology Research Workshop, June 2014 - Seattle, USA.

Research

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Research staff at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however, HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists Research staff collaborations with outside companies if the Research staff member received any payment during the prior year or expects to receive any payment in the next year. The disclosures are based on information provided by the Research staff and other sources and are updated regularly. Current ownership interests and leadership positions are also listed. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of September 28, 2020, Dr. Mehta reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS Research staff with industry on this website, HSS and its Research staff make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit payment of royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

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