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Ralf G. Thiele, M.D.

Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology

Clinical Interests

Gout; Musculoskeletal Ultrasound; Rheumatology

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Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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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-Goeth 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

Cao K, Mills D, Thiele R, Patwardhan K. "Toward Quantitative Assessment of Rheumatoid Arthritis Using Volumetric Ultrasound." IEEE transactions on bio-medical engineering.. 2016 Feb 0; 63(2):449-58. Epub 2015 Aug 04.

Troum OM, Pimienta OL, Olech E, Østergaard M, Thiele R, Seraphine JL, Bruyn GA, Peterfy C. "Proceedings from The 8th Annual International Society for Musculoskeletal Imaging in Rheumatology (ISEMIR) Conference." Seminars in arthritis and rheumatism.. 2016 45(6):e17-23. Epub 2015 Oct 09.

Terslev L, Gutierrez M, Schmidt WA, Keen HI, Filippucci E, Kane D, Thiele R, Kaeley G, Balint P, Mandl P, Delle Sedie A, Hammer HB, Christensen R, Möller I, Pineda C, Kissin E, Bruyn GA, Iagnocco A, Naredo E, D'Agostino MA, . "Ultrasound as an Outcome Measure in Gout. A Validation Process by the OMERACT Ultrasound Working Group." The Journal of rheumatology.. 2015 Nov 0; 42(11):2177-81. Epub 2015 Sep 01.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Joint Injections
Book Title: Ultrasound Guided Procedures
Author List: Thiele, R
Edited By: Dogra, Saad
Published By: Thieme2009 in New York