Rheumatology at Middlesex Hospital
People who suffer from one or more of the over 100 rheumatic disorders endure a significant amount of pain each and every day. At the Rheumatology Department at Middlesex Hospital, we work to assess the needs of each patient and create a treatment plan that offers that patient an opportunity to participate in life – physically, emotionally and socially.
Led by our board-certified physicians, rheumatology health care specialists and experts diagnose and treat inflammatory diseases and conditions of the joints, muscles, and soft tissues, including the various forms of arthritis and autoimmune disease, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and more. Since many rheumatoid disorders are chronic and have far-ranging effects on the ability to participate in daily activities, our team of health care professionals can best help patients manage these conditions.
Focusing on the patient, the Rheumatology multidisciplinary team will:
- Assess symptoms
- Interpret the results of advanced laboratory and radiological examinations
- Evaluate the need for hospitalization
- Assess the need for orthopedic or corrective intervention
- Evaluate the possible need for referrals to other health care providers
- Create an ongoing plan to manage the condition and symptoms
Your Middlesex Hospital Rheumatology Team
When you choose the Department of Rheumatology at Middlesex Hospital, you have chosen a hospital that brings together the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of specialists to address the physical, emotional, social and occupational issues that surround rheumatoid disorders.
Team members include board-certified rheumatologists, psychologists, registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers and more. All are focused on one goal: To provide each patient with the most effective treatment plan possible.
Rheumatology (Arthritis/Lyme Disease)
Crispin R. Abarientos, M.D.
Dr. Abarientos is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in the ABIM subspecialty of Rheumatology. He attended Medical School at the Far Eastern University in the Philippines and completed his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center of New Rochelle, New York. Dr. Abarientos also completed a fellowship in Rheumatology at Westchester Medical center, Valhalla, New York.
Daniel C. Belin, M.D.
Dr. Belin is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Rheumatology. Dr. Belin is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
Alan M. Spagnola, M.D.
Dr. Spagnola earned his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He completed his residency in Medicine at the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center, and a Fellowship in Rheumatology at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Spagnola is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Middlesex Hospital is proud to be one of the first hospitals in Connecticut to voluntarily participate in major quality programs conducted by several government and healthcare industry organizations.
The foremost quality program in which we participate is called "Core Measures." These quality measures were developed by The Joint Commission — the nation’s foremost accrediting body in health care — and based on quality indicators from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Adherence to Core Measures has been shown to improve patient outcomes dramatically.