Dr. Robert Yood, MD

Dr. Robert Yood, MD

Rheumatology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 69
Dr. Robert Yood, MD is a rheumatology specialist in Worcester, MA and has been practicing for 39 years. He graduated from Oregon Health and Science University School Of Medicine in 1974 and specializes in rheumatology.Read his story

425 Lake Ave N

Worcester, MA 01605

Contact Information

(508) 595-2855

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • MultiPlan
  • Tufts Health Plan

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very high
more than 89% of peers
more than 83% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Knee
more than 75% of peers

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Dr. Yood's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Yood "After more than three decades of practicing medicine, Dr. Robert Yood still enjoys rheumatology for the same reason he chose it for his specialty in the first place, "For me, it's a fascinating and challenging field to practice in. In rheumatology we treat over 100 different diseases including common illnesses like osteoarthritis and osteoporosis and also rare illnesses. In rheumatology you also get to build ongoing relationships with your patients to help them through their problems – that's very satisfying to me." According to Dr. Yood, some diseases such as osteoporosis can often be prevented by a healthy lifestyle and good eating habits during the earlier stages of life. "What we are seeing are older people with osteoporosis who have it in part because they didn't achieve the best bone density when they were young. This is because they didn't get enough calcium in their diets as children or they didn't get enough exercise. This is especially true for women." Reliant Medical Group rheumatologists like Dr. Yood spend a lot of time working with patients who have osteoporosis. For this reason, all of Reliant Medical Group's rheumatologists are certified in bone density testing. "This allows patients to come in and receive their bone density studies, get an evaluation and then talk to someone who is trained in osteoporosis to help decide appropriate treatment. It's an excellent program." Dr. Yood is encouraged by the latest advancements that have taken place in his specialty in recent years. "In the last five to 10 years there has been a dramatic change in the medicines available to us for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. For instance, half the people who were failing on our best medicines before are now responding quite well to treatment. The new biologic drugs for rheumatoid arthritis have really made a dramatic difference for many people." In working with his patients, Dr. Yood strives to make them feel as comfortable as possible in dealing with their disease. "I try to understand the patient's fears, anxieties and concerns and respond accordingly. I also work hard to educate my patients so they can understand their disease and the risks and benefits of each treatment option I present…that's very important." In addition to being Chief of Rheumatology at Reliant Medical Group, Dr. Yood is also Medical Director of the Research Department, which is currently conducting more than 30 different drug studies and dozens of epidemiologic studies. "This research eventually impacts patients in terms of the medications they take and type of care they receive. That's why it's so important to build our knowledge base in treating different diseases." Dr. Yood is also very involved in teaching and is Chief of the Division of Rheumatic Diseases and Musculoskeletal Medicine at Saint Vincent Hospital and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. "I work a lot with medical residents, both at St. Vincent Hospital and in the office. For me it's very satisfying to help train the next generation of physicians.""


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1  Specialties

  • Rheumatology

2  Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Rheumatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

29  Conditions Treated

4  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Massachusetts.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Oregon Health and Science University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1974
  • University Wisc Hosps
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1975
  • University Wisc Hosps
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1977
  • Boston University Med Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1979

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Yood has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Yood's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Yood to family and friends
3 total reviews

Likelihood to Recommend (3)

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Dr. Yood's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


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  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes
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