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Sharon L. Kolasinski, MD

Sharon L. Kolasinski, MD Physician

Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Kolasinski is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Sharon L. Kolasinski

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 - 2017

Recognized by Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues, 2015 - 2019

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Rheumatology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 1988
  • Rheumatology, 1990

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acute Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Biologic Therapy for Rheumatologic Diseases
  • Bursitis
  • Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Crystalline Arthritis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
  • Enthesitis
  • Gout
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis
  • Inflammatory Polyarthropathy
  • Joint Injections
  • Lupus
  • Maternal Collagen Vascular Disorder
  • Maternal Lupus
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis
  • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
  • Myositis
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Paget's Disease
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Polyarthropathy
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Post-Infectious Arthritis
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Raynaud's Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Scleroderma (Systemic Sclerosis)
  • Septic Arthritis
  • Sicca Syndrome
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Temporal Arteritis (Giant Cell Arteritis)
  • Vasculitis
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: New York University
Residency: Temple University Hospital
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: NYU Langone/Bellevue Hospital Center


Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, National American College of Physicians, National American College of Rheumatology;, National Arthritis Foundation, National Osteoarthritis Research Society International, International Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders, Local Philadelphia Rheumatism Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kolasinski is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Selected Publications:

Doaty S, Bitencourt N, Harvey W, Kolasinski S, Solow EB: Advocacy 101: Engaging Rheumatology Fellows in Health Policy and Advocacy Arthritis Care Res 71 (8): 1141-1145,2019.

Kolasinski SL, Neogi T, Hochberg MC, Oatis C, Guyatt G, Block J, Callahan L, Copenhaver C, Dodge C, Felson D, Gellar K, Harvey WF, Hawker G, Herzig E, Kwoh CK, Nelson AE, Samuels J, Scanzello C, White D, Wise B, Altman RD, DiRenzo D, Fontanarosa J, Giradi G, Ishimori M, Misra D, Shah AA, Shmagel AK, Thoma LM, Turgunbaev M, Turner A, Reston J: 2019 American College of Rheumatology/Arthritis Foundation Guideline for the Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip and Knee Arthritis & Rheumatology in press : 2019.

Schorpion A, Kolasinski SL: Can Probiotic Supplements Improve Outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis? Current Rheumatology Reports 19 (11): 73,2017.

Han BK, Kim W, Niu J, Basnyat S, Barshay V, Gaughan JP, Williams C, Kolasinski SL, Felson DT: Association of Chondrocalcinosis in Knee Joints is Associated with Pain and Synovitis: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Arthritis Care & Research 69 (11): 1651-1658,2017.

Gandiga PC, Zhang J, Thomas P, Werth VP, Sangani S, Kolasinski SL, George MD.: Clinical Utilization Patterns and Performance of Commercial Myositis Autoantibody Panels in Routine Practice Arthritis Rheumatol 69 (S10): 2163,2017.

Maheshwari A, Loizidis G, Agrawal M, Kolasinski SL: Massive Bullae in a Patient With Sjogren’s Syndrome Presented at the Pennsylvania Rheumatology Society Meeting, Harrisburg PA : 2017.

Kolasinski SL, Chi AS, Lopez-Garib AJ: Current Perspectives on Imaging in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic Sclerosis, and Dermatomyositis/Polymyositis Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America 42 (4): 711-732,2016.

Berman JR, O’Rourke KS, Kolasinski SL, Aizer J, Wheatley M, Battistone MJ, Siaton B, Criscione-Schreiber L, Pillinger MH and DM Lazaro: The Rheumatology Research Foundation Clinician Scholar Educator Award: Fifteen Years Promoting Rheumatology Educators and Education Arthritis Care & Research 68 (11): 1591-1597,2016.

Doaty S, Kolasinski SL, Harvey WF, Cooper A, Solow EB: Advocacy 101: Engaging Rheumatology Fellows in Health Policy and Advocacy Arthritis Rheumatol 68 (suppl 10) : 2016.

Han BK, Kim W, Niu J, Basnyat S, Barshay V, Williams C, Guermazi A, Kolasinski SL, Felson DT: Comparison of Synovitis on MRI and Pain in Knee Osteoarthritis Patients with and without Chondrocalcinosis: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) Arthritis & Rheumatology 67 (10): 2015.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Rheumatology
Penn Musculoskeletal Center
3737 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-4333
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)