Springfield Clinic’s Rheumatology team is excited to welcome a new physician to the department this month.

Irma Vazquez, MD, received her medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She then completed her internal medicine internship and residency at VA Caribbean Healthcare System followed by her rheumatology fellowship at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. “I like rheumatology because it is a very challenging field,” she says. “They usually consult us when they don’t know what else to do with a patient. So being able to provide an answer to that individual...I think that’s one of the main things I like about rheumatology. You build up these relationships with these patients that are long term and long lasting.”

Board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, Dr. Vazquez will treat the full scope of rheumatological issues, including autoimmune disorders, tendonitis, bursitis and inflammatory and noninflammatory arthritis. “Having an impact on a patient’s life is important to me,” she says, “and trying to provide better quality of life. The challenge of trying to find what is wrong with a person and providing an answer—that's the main reason I became a doctor.”


Dr. Vazquez will be located at Springfield Clinic 1st – 800 Building on the first floor and Springfield Clinic Decatur. The physicians with Springfield Clinic Rheumatology specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and research of illnesses and conditions affecting the joints, muscles, skin and internal organs. Our physicians collaborate with one another to provide comprehensive evaluations and organized care that improves the quality of life for those affected by rheumatoid arthritis and associated disorders. Visit www.SpringfieldClinic.com/Rheumatology to learn more about our providers.