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Ralf G. Thiele, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 486-0930

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Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology


Dr. Thiele is currently conducting clinical research and is involved in teaching musculoskeletal ultrasound.


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.



  • Internal Medicine
  • Rheumatology - American Board of Internal Medicine


MD | Johann Wolfgang Goether University

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2001 - 06/30/2003
Fellowship in Rheumatology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

07/01/1999 - 06/27/2001
Residency in Internal Medicine at Carney Hospital

06/26/1998 - 06/30/1999
Internship in Internal Medicine at Carney Hospital

07/01/1992 - 06/30/1993
Internship in Internal Medicine at Buerger Hospital

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Journal Articles

, Fox MG, Chang EY, Amini B, Bernard SA, Gorbachova T, Ha AS, Iyer RS, Lee KS, Metter DF, Mooar PA, Shah NA, Singer AD, Smith SE, Taljanovic MS, Thiele R, Tynus KM, Kransdorf MJ. "ACR Appropriateness Criteria Chronic Knee Pain." Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR.. 2018 Nov 0; 15(11S):S302-S312.

, Small KM, Adler RS, Shah SH, Roberts CC, Bencardino JT, Appel M, Gyftopoulos S, Metter DF, Mintz DN, Morrison WB, Subhas N, Thiele R, Towers JD, Tynus KM, Weissman BN, Yu JS, Kransdorf MJ. "ACR Appropriateness Criteria Shoulder Pain-Atraumatic." Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR.. 2018 Nov 0; 15(11S):S388-S402.

Donlin LT, Rao DA, Wei K, Slowikowski K, McGeachy MJ, Turner JD, Meednu N, Mizoguchi F, Gutierrez-Arcelus M, Lieb DJ, Keegan J, Muskat K, Hillman J, Rozo C, Ricker E, Eisenhaure TM, Li S, Browne EP, Chicoine A, Sutherby D, Noma A, , Nusbaum C, Kelly S, Pernis AB, Ivashkiv LB, Goodman SM, Robinson WH, Utz PJ, Lederer JA, Gravallese EM, Boyce BF, Hacohen N, Pitzalis C, Gregersen PK, Firestein GS, Raychaudhuri S, Moreland LW, Holers VM, Bykerk VP, Filer A, Boyle DL, Brenner MB, Anolik JH. "Methods for high-dimensonal analysis of cells dissociated from cyropreserved synovial tissue." Arthritis research & therapy.. 2018 Jul 11; 20(1):139. Epub 2018 Jul 11.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Joint Injections
Book Title: Ultrasound Guided Procedures
Author List: Thiele, R
Edited By: Dogra, Saad
Published By: Thieme 2009 in New York