Irma Lee Vazquez-Sanabria, MD, FACR – Rheumatologist

Statesville, NC— Prominently featured in The Inner Circle, Irma Lee Vazquez-Sanabria, MD, FACR is acknowledged as a Pinnacle Lifetime Member for her contributions as a Rheumatologist Focused on Patient Education and Care.

Dr. Vazquez-Sanabria is a highly regarded rheumatologist dedicated to providing exceptional care to her patients. With a focus on conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, and inflammatory myopathies, she combines clinical expertise with compassion to develop long-lasting relationships with those under her care.

At her private practice, Dr. Vazquez-Sanabria goes beyond diagnosis and treatment. She places a strong emphasis on patient education, ensuring that her patients thoroughly understand their conditions and treatment options. This commitment to patient empowerment sets her apart in the field of rheumatology.

Dr. Vazquez-Sanabria’s areas of expertise include managing inflammatory myopathies such as dermatomyositis and polymyositis, mixed connective tissue disease, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis. In addition, she specializes in other rheumatic diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and other seronegative spondyloarthritis. Her comprehensive approach to care addresses not only the physical aspects of these conditions but also the emotional and psychological well-being of her patients.

Her educational journey began with a Bachelor of Science in General Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, followed by a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at the Veterans Administration Caribbean Health System in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and pursued a fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

Dr. Vazquez-Sanabria’s dedication to her field is further demonstrated by her board certification in internal medicine and rheumatology. She maintains affiliations with prestigious organizations such as the American Medical Association (AMA), the American College of Rheumatology, and the North Carolina Association of Rheumatology.

Throughout her career, Dr. Vazquez-Sanabria has been recognized and respected for her clinical expertise and unwavering commitment to patient care. Her mentors, including Jose Gutierrez-Nunez, MD, and Luis M. Vila, MD, have played significant roles in shaping her career.

Dr. Vazquez-Sanabria’s journey to becoming a physician was inspired by her aunt, Lilliam Sanabria, MD, whose dedication and impact in the medical field served as a guiding light.

In a medical landscape where compassionate care and patient education are paramount, Dr. Vazquez-Sanabria stands as a shining example of excellence and empathy in rheumatology.

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