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Weijia Yuan, MD


About Dr. Yuan


Dr. Weijia Yuan is an Assistant Attending Rheumatologist focused on working together with patients to make a positive impact on all aspects of their lives, but specifically to liberate them from the uncertainty of rheumatic disease.

Dr. Yuan specializes in treating patients in an undifferentiated state, who have trouble identifying their illness due to the spectrum nature of autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases are often an unfortunate combination of "vulnerable genes" and environmental triggers which lead to chronic inflammation. Because of the intermittent and vague nature of chronic inflammatory symptoms, patients often start to wonder if their symptoms are just "in the head" after years of not finding an answer. 

Even as an internal medicine resident, Dr. Yuan realized that making the right diagnosis alone can often be a great relief for patients who suffered from long-term debilitating symptoms. Since then, her passion for rheumatology has grown as she sees how chronic autoimmune inflammation can deeply impact or even take over a person's life. Dr. Yuan’s priority during the clinical evaluation is to have an open mind, listen and encourage patients to share additional clues to assist diagnosis and treatment.

Through the practice of rheumatology, Dr. Yuan has come to understand that lifestyle change is so powerful, yet often overlooked. She has adopted a holistic approach to treatments that look at the mind-body as a whole, and has had much success in patients modifying their lifestyle to address the root cause of their autoimmunity.

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Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Assistant Attending Physician, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


American Board of Internal Medicine, 2008
American Board of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, 2010


Medical School: Shanghai Second Medical University, China, 1998
Internship: Renji Hospital, Shanghai Second Medical University, China, 1998-1999
Residency: Renji Hospital, Shanghai Second Medical University, China, 1999-2001
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, 2006-2008
Fellowship: Renji Hospital, Shanghai Second Medical University, China, 2001-2002
Hospital for Special Surgery, 2008-2011

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Publications by Dr. Yuan

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Selected Journal Articles

Yuan W, DiMartino SJ, Redecha PB, Ivashkiv LB, Salmon JE. Systemic lupus erythematosus monocytes are less responsive to interleukin-10 in the presence of immune complexes. Arthritis Rheum. 2011 Jan;63(1):212-8.

DiMartino SJ, Yuan W, Redecha PB, Ivashkiv LB, Salmon JE. Insoluble immune complexes are most effective at triggering IL-10 production in human monocytes and synergize with TLR ligands and C5a. Clin Immunol. 2008 Apr;127(1):56-65.


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. Physicians 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 physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Yuan as of November 14, 2019.

  • Novartis - Honoraria

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