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Joseph S. Bert, MD

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Rheumatology, Board Certified Rheumatology Fellowship at University of Minnesota RhMSUS Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certified

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Practice Overview

As a rheumatologist, Dr. Bert’s focus is not only on providing accurate diagnoses and effective treatments, but also treating the whole person, not just the disease. In his practice, Dr. Bert strives to make patients feel comfortable sharing their concerns and asking questions. He works to develop personalized treatment plans that are tailored to individual needs and preferences.

Many rheumatic diseases are chronic conditions that require ongoing management, and Dr. Bert is committed to providing comprehensive care to his patients. This includes not only prescribing medications, treatments and staying up to date with current literature, but also providing education and support to help patients manage their symptoms and achieve the highest quality of life possible.

Dr. Bert received his medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine – Chicago and then completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Rheumatology Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He is an assistant professor for the University of Minnesota and am involved in teaching rheumatology fellows.

In his free time, Dr. Bert enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. Mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and playing soccer are all activities that he tries to make time for.  Fishing for walleye is also a favorite pastime.

Clinical Interest

Rheumatology, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, polymyalgia rheumatica, vasculitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, other autoimmune myopathies, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, Behcet’s syndrome, gout, and pseudogout

Dr. Bert has experience and interest in treating interstitial lung disease secondary to rheumatic diseases such as dermatomyositis/polymyositis.

Dr. Bert does not manage chronic pain, chronic Lyme, long COVID-19, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility syndromes, chronic fatigue syndrome (myalgic encephalomyelitis), or non-inflammatory spine problems (degenerative arthritis of the spine, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease). He is able to help establish the diagnosis of fibromyalgia but does not manage it long term.


Board Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine – Rheumatology

Rheumatology Fellowship, University of Minnesota

General Internal Medicine Residency, University of Minnesota

Medical Degree
Doctor of Medicine, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine – Chicago

Professional Affiliations

American College of Rheumatology, Member (2013 – Present)


Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School (2019 – Present)


Jesse G.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

April 16, 2024

Bill E.

I have been a patient of Dr. Joseph Bert since 2016. From day one, I felt a caring relationship with him. It was as if Dr. Bert was my son’s best friend and he promised my son he would take good care of me. He makes me feel special! He has a wonderful gift of making the patient feel comfortable and deserving of his attention. Dr. Bert is an excellent listener and makes you feel that your health does matter to him. You’re not just another body.

Dr. Bert has always been considering a better or more economical treatment for my arthritis. I have known Dr. Bert’s Care Coordinator, Jesse G. for as long as I have known Dr. Bert. My experience with Jesse has been equally rewarding in the way she makes me feel comfortable and significant. She is dedicated to her profession and continues furthering her career through higher education. I admire her for this. Jesse, like Dr. Bert makes me feel special. Together they are an awesome team. It’s a good day for me when I know I’m going to see Dr. Bert and Jesse. They make me feel good and that’s so welcomed in today’s world.

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