Arif Ahmed, M.D., Rheumatologist, recently joined the growing Ozarks Medical
Center (OMC) Medical Group. Dr. Ahmed provides diagnosis and treatment
of musculoskeletal disease and systemic autoimmune conditions commonly
referred to as rheumatic diseases. These diseases can affect the joints,
muscles, and bones, causing pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity.
Your primary care provider can determine if you should be referred to
Dr. Ahmed is a fellowship-trained rheumatologist who is board-certified
in internal medicine. Before coming to OMC, he worked as a hospitalist
at St. Mary’s Hospital, Jefferson City, and Blue Springs. Dr. Ahmed
completed his fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Missouri
Hospital and Medical Center, Columbia. He completed an internal medicine
residency at TriHealth’s Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, and
received his medical degree from the Ross University School of Medicine, Barbados.
Dr. Ahmed says that in rheumatology he sees some of the most challenging
cases, as rheumatology may often be the last specialty to be consulted
and he finds its analytic nature intriguing. He is currently pursuing
a certification in functional medicine and when warranted, may recommend
complementary lifestyle changes to support the traditional treatment of
autoimmune diseases, such as diet and exercise.
In his spare time, Dr. Ahmed enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and before
COVID-19, traveling. He has visited such locations as Scotland, Sweden,
Norway, Mexico, and Latvia, as well as spending a month touring South America.
“We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Ahmed to OMC,” said Dr. Antony
Joseph, President, OMC Medical Group. “He brings a unique skill
set with his background in both rheumatology and functional medicine.
His dedication to his specialty and a desire to help his patients will
be an asset to OMC.”
Dr. Ahmed joins rheumatologist Dr. Sathish Itikyala at OMC Rheumatology
located at 2900 Independence Square in West Plains. For more information,
Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing nine primary care
and 17 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral
healthcare, and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital
cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more
than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern
Arkansas. For more information about OMC, visit
Arif Ahmed, M.D., OMC Rheumatology