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
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About East-West Rheumatology and Direct Primary Care
East-West Rheumatology is a clinic founded by Dr. Yousef Zarbalian with a mission of delivering a holistic model of medical care and redefining the physician-patient relationship. Dr. Z empowers his patients to take a multifaceted approach to autoimmune disease, inflammation, and chronic pain among many other conditions.
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
Emphasis on non-pharmaceutical approaches
Lifestyle changes: mind-body medicine techniques, such as biofeedback, Heartmath® and meditation
Group exercise: Walk with a Doc
Reduce the intrusion of insurance companies and drug companies into medical decision-making and care ( see "Direct Primary Care")