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Scleroderma Program

Physician-scientists in the Sections of Rheumatology, Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Pulmonary Critical Care, Cardiology and Gastroenterology, with an interest and expertise in systemic sclerosis (also called scleroderma), have established a multidisciplinary scleroderma program.

Directed by Monique Hinchcliff, MD, MS, scleroderma patients currently receive comprehensive care at three Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS) sites, the North Haven Interventional Immunology Center, the Winchester Chest Clinic, and 40 Temple Street Clinic in New Haven. Plans are underway to combine the program in one location.

The team provides coordinated, multidisciplinary, and compassionate care for patients with a wide array of scleroderma clinical manifestations—including lung, heart, skin, renal and gastrointestinal involvement—while addressing functional, nutritional, psychological, gynecological, urological, and/or sexual health challenges as well. The goal is improved quality of life, enhanced patient satisfaction, and better outcomes.

Yale has been designated as a Scleroderma Center by the Scleroderma Foundation.

The program will bridge outstanding clinical and basic science research from Yale School of Medicine (YSM) with patient care through YNHHS. Patient-focused research will enable YSM physician-scientists and basic scientists to test hypotheses and generate compelling preliminary data that is essential for planning valid clinical trials. If you have a patient with scleroderma who would benefit from a coordinated, team care approach, please contact Marie Frank at 203-785-2454.

Yale Medicine Rheumatology and Pulmonary Medicine offer an interdisciplinary program for the care of people with myositis, scleroderma, and other autoimmune conditions.

For Referring Physicians

New patients are seen on a referral basis only using the new patient referral form which should be faxed to 203-785-7053 or for patients who are currently seen within the Yale New Haven Health and its partner organizations, a referral must be entered into EPIC by choosing the YNH Arthritis & Rheumatology option.

Program Leader

  • Associate Professor; Director of Yale Scleroderma Program, Rheumatology, Allergy, & Immunology

    Dr. Monique Hinchcliff is Director of Clinical Research for Rheumatology at the Yale School of Medicine and the Director of the Yale Scleroderma Program. She received her medical degree from the Rosalind Franklin University Chicago Medical School and completed her medicine residency at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut.  She completed rheumatology fellowship training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL while earning a Master of Science degree in Clinical Investigation. 

    Her research program includes clinical, interventional and observational studies, with the goal of better understanding systemic sclerosis and identifying new and repurposed treatments for patients with systemic sclerosis. Clinically, Dr. Hinchcliff leads a team of multidisciplinary specialists with expertise in caring for patients with systemic sclerosis. She resides in Westport, CT with her husband, three daughters and English Cocker Spaniel, Joe.