The St. Peter's Health Rheumatology care team specializes in providing highly personalized care for patients suffering from rheumatic, muscoskeletal and autoimmune disorders, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, affecting all parts of the body. Clinical problems treated by rheumatologists can involve joints, soft tissues and allied conditions of connective tissues.

St. Peter’s Approach to Rheumatology

Conditions treated by our Rheumatology Clinic are often complex and affect patients throughout their lifetime. That’s why we’re committed to offering comprehensive one-on-one care-whatever the condition-by providing long-term treatments plans that will help you live life to the fullest.

That means our providers are focused on everything from listening to your needs to staying up to date on the latest discoveries and treatments available in this rapidly evolving field.

Conditions Treated

 The Rheumatology care team at St. Peter’s Health provides a wide range of services for the treatment of conditions such as:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Treatment information

Evidence based medical treatment of rheumatological disorders has helped patients with rheumatism lead a near normal life without any disabilities

Pathogenesis of major rheumatological disorders is now described as autoimmune disorders. Immunology explains pathogenesis and the characteristics of rheumatological disorders, and most of the new treatment modalities are based on immunology.

Better understanding of genetic bases of rheumatological disorders makes rheumatology a specialty rapidly developing, based on new scientific discoveries. New treatment modalities are based on scientific research on immunology, cytokines, T lymphocytes, B lymphocytes. Future therapies may be directed more toward gene therapy as well.

Care Team

Jim Bennett, MD

Jim Bennett, MD earned his medical degree from University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He completed a one-year internship in family medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico Hospital before completing a rheumatology fellowship in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

Patrick Wood, MD

Patrick Wood, MD earned his medical degree at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine in Seattle, Washington, and his Bachelor of Science in Biological Science and Music Performance at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. Dr. Wood completed both his residency and fellowship with the University of Colorado. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and a member of the American College of Rheumatology.

Location(s) of Rheumatology Services