Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD

  • Rheumatology and Arthritis
Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD


Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD, is a UW Health rheumatologist and an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Shelef cares for patients who have systemic autoimmune diseases that affect multiple parts of the body. She specializes in treating rheumatoid arthritis.

When Dr. Shelef first meets a patient, she performs a complete medical evaluation and asks questions to understand their health concerns. She listens carefully and performs tests to determine a diagnosis. Believing that shared decision-making is essential for the best outcomes, she educates patients about their conditions and talks honestly about the risks and benefits of different treatment plans. She empowers her patients with education and involves them in care decisions.

In addition to her clinical and teaching roles, Dr. Shelef conducts research to understand how rheumatoid arthritis develops to find better ways to treat and even prevent it.

The most rewarding part of taking care of my patients is getting them to the point where they feel better and can enjoy a pain-free life.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Rheumatology
Medical School
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
  • University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI
  • University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI


Additional conditions and treatments
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis