Anjani Pillarisetty, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialities: Rheumatology

Languages: English

202-291-0341

About me

Anjani Pillarisetty, MD, is an attending rheumatologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. As a board-certified rheumatologist, Dr. Pillarisetty sees patients for autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, scleroderma, vasculitis, myositis, gout, and pseudogout, with a clinical interest in sarcoidosis.

As a certified provider in musculoskeletal ultrasound by the American College of Rheumatology, Dr. Pillarisetty specializes in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound to both diagnose and treat rheumatic diseases. Her treatment methods include a combination of medications (oral, injectable, and infusions), biologic agents, and ultrasound-guided joint injections and aspirations.

Dr. Pillarisetty is dedicated to the continued progress of her field and is involved in research initiatives to further the understanding of rheumatic diseases. Her research efforts have focused on identifying factors that predict which patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis are at risk for flareups and analyzing the safety and efficacy of biologics in the treatment of cardiac sarcoidosis.

Dr. Pillarisetty received her medical degree from Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India before joining MedStar Georgetown University Hospital/MedStar Washington Hospital Center for a three-year residency in internal medicine. She continued her training with MedStar in a two-year specialty fellowship in rheumatology, where she served as Chief Fellow. She is a member of the American College of Rheumatology and the Rheumatism Society of the District of Columbia.

As a devoted advocate for her patients, Dr. Pillarisetty is passionate about raising awareness, increasing research initiatives, and providing high-quality treatments for sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is currently an underdiagnosed condition that can involve many organs of the body, including the heart and lungs. She hopes to bring much-needed attention and awareness to this disorder in order to improve diagnostic measures and develop new treatment options.

Philosophy of Care
“In the last decade, there has been a wide array of new medications and therapy options that have become available to our patients, and each year there’s something new. It’s an exciting time to be in rheumatology!

“I provide state-of-the-art treatment options to patients with rheumatic diseases. My main role as a physician, apart from making an accurate diagnosis, is clearly and effectively presenting information to my patients. In order for my patients to make an informed decision, it is my responsibility to educate them on their diagnosis, the treatment options, and the risks and benefits of each treatment option. My patients should be just as involved in their care as I am.

“I am my patients’ best advocate. Each person has a treatment goal, and that can look different for every patient. I truly listen to my patients in order to understand their concerns and what they hope to accomplish with treatment. We are both working towards a common goal: Achieving their best health.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Myositis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogrens
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Vasculitis
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acute Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anti Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibodies
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Aortic Arteritis
  • Arthralgia
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis Of Multiple Joints
  • Arthropathy
  • Behcet Syndrome
  • Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease
  • Cranial Arteritis
  • Crest
  • Crystalline Arthritis
  • Cutaneous Vasculitis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
  • Enthesitis
  • Erythema Nodosum
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Gonococcal Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis
  • Iga Vasculitis
  • Igg 4 Related Diseases
  • Inflammatory Polyarthropathy
  • Isolated Central Nervous System Vasculitis
  • Joint Disorder Of Multiple Joints
  • Joint Effusion
  • Joint Swelling
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Macrophage Activation Syndrome
  • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
  • Monoarticular Arthritis
  • Myositis
  • Neonatal Lupus Erythematosus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Periodic Fever Syndromes
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Polyarthralgia
  • Polyarthropathy
  • Polychondritis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Positive Antinuclear Antibody Ana Test
  • Post Infectious Arthritis
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Raynauds Disease
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogrens
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Stills Disease
  • Synovitis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Systemic Scleroderma
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Tophus
  • Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease
  • Uveitis
  • Vasculitis
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Procedures I perform

  • Antinuclear Antibody Ana Blood Test
  • Biologic Therapy For Rheumatologic Diseases
  • Joint Injection
  • Non Surgical Management Of Osteoarthritis
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Practice locations

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110 Irving Street Northwest
Washington, DC, 20010

202-877-0333

Fax 202-877-6130

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Insurance

MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Fellowship Program: MedStar Washington Hospital Center (2019)

Residency Program: MedStar Washington Hospital Center (2017)

Medical School: Kasturba Medical College (2013)

Hospital affiliations