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Yousef Zarbalian, MD

Dr. Zarbalian or "Dr. Z" chose medicine as a profession because of his innate empathy for human suffering, as well as his passion for life-long learning. These two impulses found their home first in internal medicine, followed by rheumatology subspecialty training.  After three years of experience in a standard rheumatology clinic, Dr. Zarbalian decided on his next step in his evolution as a healer: expand his skill-set and create an environment where his ideals could be brought to fruition.  East-West Rheumatology opened its doors December 2019.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Zarbalian has a passion for musical performance, nature, and literature. He sings and plays the setar, a 4-stringed Persian lute instrument. 

Dr. Zarbalian's education:

Undergraduate: Louisiana State University

Medical school: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Residency, Internal Medicine: University of Maryland Medical Center

Fellowship, Rheumatology: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Acupuncture training: The Helms Medical Institute, Acupuncture for Physicians

Dr. Zarbalian's reviews:



Dr. Zarbalian's service work:

Arlington Free Clinic 

Dr. Zarbalian's certifications:

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About East-West Rheumatology

East-West Rheumatology is a clinic founded by Dr. Yousef Zarbalian with a mission of delivering comprehensive care for the whole individual and redefining the physician-patient relationship by leaving insurance out of the physician-patient relationship. Dr. Z empowers his patients to take a multifaceted approach to autoimmune disease, inflammation, and chronic pain. 

Our Philosophy

  • A holistic view of you as a person and your health needs ​

    • Centered on reaching your health goals rather than a disease-centered approach

  • Shared decision-making on diagnostic testing and treatment

  • Non-pharmaceutical approaches 

    • Dietary modification​

    • Acupuncture

    • Lifestyle changes: mind-body medicine techniques, such as biofeedback, Heartmath® and meditation 

    • Group exercise: Walk with a Doc

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