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Professional Statement

  • Melissa LaRusso is a patient, caring rheumatologist providing excellent care for her patients at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in New York City. Dr. LaRusso is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine to practice rheumatology and internal medicine. She attended the University of Florida to received special ultrasound courses, and she is certified to perform musculoskeletal ultrasounds.
  • Dr. LaRusso began her medical education at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed her internal medicine residency at the Beth Israel Medical Center before completing her rheumatology fellowship at the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Dr. LaRusso ensures that her medical visits for her patients experiencing arthritis are swift, yet thorough, and performed within an hour. She applies her curiosity and attention to detail to her patients’ conditions to arrive at a solution and viable treatment plan. She encourages education and informative explanations of her patients’ conditions and explains the why, how, and maintenance of her treatment plans.


  • Medical School - New York Institute of Technology, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • St. John's University (Bachelor’s)
  • Beth Israel Medical Center, Residency in Internal Medicine
  • North Shore-LIJ Health System, Fellowship in Rheumatology

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Rheumatology (Internal Medicine)

Awards and Publications

  • Stopylococcus Hominis Native Mitral Valve Bacterial Endocarditis in a Patient with Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy Cunha, BA, Brick MD, laRusso M Heart Lung 2007 Sept-Oct: (36)5: 380-382
  • Fienstein Institute for Medical Research Studying the role of 81 Cells in SLE
  • Rapidly Progressive Systemic Sclerosis as the Initial Presentation of Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Management of CAPS with Thrombocytopenia with Plasma AOheresis and Cyclophosphamide
  • Boctor, F, Horowitz D, LaRusso M, et al. Journal of ClinicoiApheresis 2011(26); 86-87

Language Spoken

  • English