U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free

Dr. Alvin Wells

Rheumatology
Franklin, WI
43 years experience male

Locations

Rheumatology and Immunotherapy Center

Franklin, WI

Address

4225, W Oakwood Park Ct, Franklin, WI, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Show more

Practice website

Fax

4144350026

Insurances accepted

UnitedHealthcare

Medicare

About

Bio

Dr. Wells is currently a practicing rheumatologist at the Rheumatology and Immunotherapy Center in Franklin, Wisconsin, where he serves as the Director. He also maintains his clinical affiliation with Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC where he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Prior to returning to private practice, Dr. Wells was an Associate Medical Director at Abbott Laboratories where he played a central role in the launch of HUMIRA. Dr. Wells received his MD from the University of South Florida, Tampa and trained in Internal Medicine and in Rheumatology at Duke University, where he was a faculty member before joining Abbott. He received his PhD in Immunology from the University of South Carolina, where he developed an animal model for Reiter’s Syndrome. He was a recipient of the prestigious Fogarty Biomedical Research Award from the National Institutes of Health, which allowed him to undertake a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Uppsala University, Sweden, with Dr. Lars Klareskog. A member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and of the American College of Rheumatology, Dr. Wells has over 25 years of research experience, focusing on chronic inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, and the rejection of renal transplants, with an emphasis on connective tissue components, inflammatory mediators, and cytokines. He is the recipient of the 2003 Abbott President’s Award. In 2001, he was honored with the Merck Young Investigator Award, and in 1999 he received the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Wells is fluent in Swedish and is an internationally renowned speaker and researcher and has had research support from the Arthritis Foundation and from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Rheumatology

Aesthetic Medicine

Licenses

United States: Illinois, Montana, North Carolina, Wisconsin

Languages spoken

Swedish

Doctor Q&A

200 Answers
39 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Facial rash: There are many causes of a rash on the face. Some of them are benign whereas others may be suggestive of an inflammatory or a systemic disease such a... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Ignore: Do not smoke; avoid the extreme cold; reduce stress.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Methotrexate allergy: Methotrexate is an anti-inflammatory drug routinely used to treat skin and joint diseases. In rare cases patients may develop a true allergic reactio... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Immune system: There are several clinical as well as laboratory signs that may suggest immune system dysfunction. For example, unexplained hair loss, a rash in respo... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Joint pain: Joint pain in relation to the weather may be a real phenomenon. The good news is that the weather, including cold weather, is not associated with infl... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Giant cell arteritis: Giant cell arteritis is considered a vasculitis where an individual's on body's immune cells attacked the lining of the large blood vessels. This may... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Pseudogout: Pseudogout mimics an inflammatory arthritis similar to that caused by gout. Gout is caused by the deposition of uric acid crystals and tissues and jo... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Sjogren syndrome: Sjogren syndrome is an autoimmune disease and which inflammatory cells attack the salivary glands and other secretory glands making it difficult for t... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Anti-acid medication: The first question is why are you taking 2 medications. The medications you mentioned block acid production in the stomach. Patients who have reflu... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Pain medications: In general, it is not good to mix pain medications. The major question is can other medications including oral and topical help with your pain contro... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
VSL3: VSL3 is used to treat bowel disease and symptoms. However, like prescription medications, some probiotics can make your symptoms flare. I would contin... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Knee pain: Knee pain per se may or may not suggest an underlying disease which may include arthritis versus soft tissue changes like meniscus or cartilage injury... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Dyssynergia: I think that biofeedback can help a lot with neuropathic type pain. Nevertheless, medical interventions, including botox, CBD, and others may still be... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
+ANA: The ANA level may fluctuate based on a number of different things. The question is why are the still testing it? Unless you have severe hair lose, a f... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Costochondritis: There are some patients who haven't back pain with breathing. This may be a sign of inflammation involving the soft tissue surrounding the ribs which... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Chronic constipation: Given your results, you should see a gastroenterologist. You may be able to see someone more readily via HealthTap.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Sinus infection: A high temperature as you described is concerning for infection. This may be seen with a streptococcal infection such as strep throat. I recommend t... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Hand pain: Are you stiff in he AM? How long have you had the pain? Are you having swelling? All of these, if present, could suggest a type of arthritis. I would... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
ITP: Your treatments do sound effective. I would also suggest a treatment to maintain a long-term response. I would see a rheumatologist. Rituxan has been... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Stool issues: This does sound amazing! If it happens again, take a sample for your physician to have analyzed.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
MS and pain: This may just be a muscle spasm. I would recommend topical pain cream and/or a muscle relaxer. If your neurologist feels it is musculoskeletal, I woul... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Cold feet: Discoloration of the hands and feet may suggest that the small blood vessels may be affected. There are many potential causes including anxiety, medic... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Stiff neck and fever: This is an emergency and should warrant a visit to the emergency department ASAP. Given your age and symptoms the #1 condition to rule out would be a... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Hearing loss: If your hearing has not improved after the medication, I would suggest that a work up for inflammatory hearing loss be pursued. The prednisone should ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Heart rate: There are multiple applications available to monitor heart rate and rhythm. The use of a FitBit, iWatch, or similar device may give a truer measure o... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Rheumatoid factor: Only 80% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis have a positive rheumatoid factor. Other tests we use include anti-CCP and 14-3-3 eta. I would recommen... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Sjogren's and lupus: Both of these are autoimmune diseases and in some patients may be seen together. The treatments are similar and essentially are medications used to d... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Workout fatigue: Fatigue after working out is not that uncommon. However, it should not be such that you can not function. Be sure to stretch before and after working ... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Lyme disease: Lyme disease especially when chronic may affect the heart. Patients can also have neurologic involvement such as a facial nerve or facial droop. Pat... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Upper resp infection: Your symptoms may suggest a bacterial upper respiratory infection. Even in the absence of a fever! A Z-pak would be helpful. If you do not improve, I ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
CNS: Yes! These may be non-specific but they may be associated with neurologic signs and symptoms. I recommend seeing a neurologist.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Stomach pain: If the pain has been going on for 6 days, it may be nothing and could represent irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). I would consult a GI specialist.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Abnormal labs: What symptoms were you're having that warranted ANA testing? This testing is only done to confirm diseases such as lupus, scleroderma, and other auto... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Knee pain: If you are still having pain after having the surgery, I would recommend that you continue physical therapy and add some non-weight bearing muscles to... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Knee pain: The good news is that low impact exercises doesn't cause the pain. This most likely suggests mild osteoarthritis of the knee. The best treatment is to... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Acne: Foods typically do not cause acne. With proper skin care and in some cases antibiotics and other medications, most patients will do well. You may want... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Low back pain: What you describe is consistent with degenerative disc disease. There are many cause as well as multiple treatment options. I usually recommend phy... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Ankle injury: I would recommend an MRI to evaluate the overall integrity of the ankle and its ligaments. Continued activity may result in more damage. I would also... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Joint pain: Joint pain together with morning stiffness in a young female may be an indication of an underlying inflammatory disease. If your symptoms have lasted... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Carpal tunnel synd: This does not sound typical. I would follow up with your hand surgeon. I would recommend an MRI and a follow up nerve conduction study. In regards to ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
RA: Today there are many treatment options for RA. Many of the drugs do lower the immune response and may predispose to infections such as TB. Nevertheles... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Lupus rash: In patients with lupus, especially affecting the face, I recommend caution because some medications including low-dose topical steroids may lead to so... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Nosebleeds: This may be of no major clinical significance. Some patients have a thinner lining inside of the nose and when exposed to dryness or decrease humidit... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Inflammation: Some of the things you mention such as a high CRP may be a sign of inflammation. The high C3 is of no clinical significance.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Infliximab allergy: In the true since of the word, it is better to say infliximab reaction. The "allergic type" reactions can occur because a large amount of protein is b... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Rash: The rash with an elevated WBC may suggest inflammation. I recommend seeing a dermatologist or rheumatologist for further workup. I would be happy to d... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
UC treatment: You should discuss all options with your GI doctor. Options that she may consider include Remicade, Stelara, and Entyvio. May sure you understand the ... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Thyroid test: No. These are common test that should not be affected by a meal. Fasting or NPO is typically done for cholesterol and/or glucose testing.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Symptoms: It is difficult to say if there is one diagnosis to fit all of your symptoms. In a young lady, these symptoms may be seen with hypothyroidism, low vit... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 43 years experience
Knee pain: If you are still symptomatic after 2 months, there is a concern that you have indeed injured your knee cap or surrounding structures. I recommend seei... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.

Ask doctors free
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less

Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

2
Recommendations
96
Thank you notes
HealthTap member
Dec 31, 2016
Dr. Wells cares tremendously for his patients. Every time I go to his office with health concerns, I leave feeling much better! He doesn't just treat the body - he treats the mind and spirit as well.
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wells is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks Dr.Alvin "The clinical picture of a rash, with or without scarring, but 250 hair loss a day , and other clinical features would aid in the diagnosis" this with ...Read More
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks for the reply. The only test I haven't had done is for a gene mutation. Blood work was perfect. I was just wondering if primary em just shows up like this in a he...Read More
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Hi Dr.Wwlls thank you for your generous time an detailed professional answer . Regards

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of South Florida College of Medicine, FL
Graduated 1996MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of South Carolina School of Medicine, SC
Graduated 1988MD

Medical/Graduate school

Karolinska Institute Faculty of Medicine, Sweden
MD

Residency

DUKE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Completed 1998

Awards

Most Influential, First Place, the Milwaukee Region - Spring
2017
Top Doctor, Second Place, Wisconsin - Spring
2017
Thought Leader, Second Place, Wisconsin - Spring
2017

Affiliations

American College of Rheumatology
American Institute Of Ultrasound In Medicine
American Medical Association
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less