Ralf G. Thiele, M.D.

Ralf G. Thiele, M.D.

Contact Information

400 Red Creek Drive, Suite 240
Rochester, NY 14623

Office: (585) 276-3445
Fax: (585) 340-5399
Administrative: (585) 273-3213

Research Bio

Dr. Thiele currently works as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, in the Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology Division.
He has trained first in abdominal and thyroid ultrasound starting in 1990 and later specialized in musculoskeletal ultrasound. He was certified in musculoskeletal ultrasound in 1995 in Germany, and again in 2013 with the American College of Rheumatology.
His research interests include sonographic diagnosis and outcomes assessment of crystal arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthropathy.
He has served as chair of the musculoskeletal section of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, chair of the ultrasound task force of the American College of Rheumatology and has developed and chaired educational ultrasound courses at the University of Rochester, Cooper University Hospital, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and the American College of Rheumatology.

He has developed imaging algorithms, practice guidelines and certification in musculoskeletal ultrasound with the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound, OMERACT, and the American College of Rheumatology.

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 24 available »

2015 May 13
Gutierrez M, Schmidt WA, Thiele RG, Keen HI, Kaeley GS, Naredo E, Iagnocco A, Bruyn GA, Balint PV, Filippucci E, Mandl P, Kane D, Pineda C, Delle Sedie A, Hammer HB, Christensen R, D'Agostino MA, Terslev L, . "International Consensus for ultrasound lesions in gout: results of Delphi process and web-reliability exercise." Rheumatology. 2015 May 13; Epub 2015 May 13.
2015 Apr
Bouta EM, Banik PD, Wood RW, Rahimi H, Ritchlin CT, Thiele RG, Schwarz EM. "Validation of power Doppler versus contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging quantification of joint inflammation in murine inflammatory arthritis." Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. 2015 Apr; 30(4):690-4.
2014 Nov
Anandarajah A, Thiele R, Giampoli E, Monu J, Seo GS, Feng C, Ritchlin C. "Patients with rheumatoid arthritis in clinical remission manifest persistent joint inflammation on histology and imaging studies." The Journal of rheumatology. 2014 Nov; 41(11):2153-60. Epub 2014 Oct 01.
2013 Oct
Kissin EY, Niu J, Balint P, Bong D, Evangelisto A, Goyal J, Higgs J, Malone D, Nishio MJ, Pineda C, Schmidt WA, Thiele RG, Torralba KD, Kaeley GS. "Musculoskeletal ultrasound training and competency assessment program for rheumatology fellows." Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. 2013 Oct; 32(10):1735-43.
2013 May
Nazarian LN, Jacobson JA, Benson CB, Bancroft LW, Bedi A, McShane JM, Miller TT, Parker L, Smith J, Steinbach LS, Teefey SA, Thiele RG, Tuite MJ, Wise JN, Yamaguchi K. "Imaging algorithms for evaluating suspected rotator cuff disease: Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound consensus conference statement." Radiology. 2013 May; 267(2):589-95. Epub 2013 Feb 11.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Medicine, Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology (SMD) - Primary


Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
Rheumatology - American Board of Internal Medicine


MD | Medicine | Johann-Wolfgang-Goeth University1991

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Rheumatology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center07/01/2001 - 06/30/2003
Residency in Internal Medicine at Carney Hospital07/01/1999 - 06/27/2001
Internship in Internal Medicine at Carney Hospital06/26/1998 - 06/30/1999
Internship in Internal Medicine at Buerger Hospital07/01/1992 - 06/30/1993