Dr. Micha Abeles
Board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and a former professor of medicine, Micha Abeles established his reputation as a groundbreaking researcher in arthritis and fibromyalgia for almost four decades. Along with participating in numerous clinical trials leading the launch of popular medications such as Humira and Enbrel, Micha Abeles demonstrated the effectiveness of methotrexate in treating rheumatoid arthritis and the effectiveness of phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors in treating Buerger disease, which causes blood vessels to swell and could get blocked with blood clots. Micha Abeles was also amongst the contributing authors in research papers that first descried and fully defined fibromyalgia and eosinophilic fasciitis, which is a skin disease that causes thickening and inflammation of the skin
After receiving his BA in 1966 from Cornell University where he was an all-Ivy League fencer, Micha Abeles earned his MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1970. After graduation, Micha also fulfilled his internship and residency at SUNY Buffalo. While he was gaining knowledge and experience in the field, Micha couldn’t give up his passion for fencing, so he coached the school’s fencing team.
After completing his residency and internships, Micha Abeles became the chief of the Outpatient Department and Special Clinics and director of the Rheumatology Clinic in the U.S. Army while stationed at Fort Monroe in Virginia. During his military service, he received a commendation for excellence in clinical skills and raising morale by organizing fun events and competitions among the staff.
Inspired by treating several arthritis-related ailments, Micha Abeles left the U.S. Army in 1976 to complete a fellowship in rheumatology at UConn. He served in various capacities including Chief of Rheumatology, Coordinator of Rheumatology Intercity Journal Club, Associate Director for the Multipurpose Arthritis Center, and many more. However, Micha’s core passion on rheumatology was helping patients directly with their ailments, and between 1980 and 2016, Micha operated a part-time private medical practice before operating on a full-time basis as of 2016.
Today, Micha Abeles continues his private practice in Meriden, Connecticut. He still remains active in the community by serving on several medical boards such as the Connecticut Rheumatology Association, the Lupus Foundation of America, the American College of Rheumatology, the Fibromyalgia Multicenter Criteria Committee, and the Fibromyalgia Prevalence Committee. In addition Micha Abeles holds fellowships with the American College of Physicians and American College of Rheumatology, and holds active memberships of the New York Academy of Science, the State of Connecticut Medical Society, Hartford County Medical Society, and New Haven County Medical Society.