The Center for Rheumatic Diseases and Osteoporosis, North Bethesda

About Our Practice

Our mission is to provide compassionate care for patients with arthritis, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, and other rheumatic diseases. After ensuring that you have an accurate diagnosis, we work with you to develop an individualized treatment program that best meets your personal needs and philosophy. Our goal is to ensure that you are a full participant in your family, work, and recreational activities.

William W. Mullins, M.D.

William W. Mullins, M.D.

Harvard University Medical School
Rheumatology Fellowships at National Institute of Health, Arthritis
Branch & Georgetown University Hospital
Internal Medicine Residency at University of Minnesota
Hospitals, Minneapolis MN
Chief Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota Hospitals
at the VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
Board Certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine
Fellow of the American College of Physicians
Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology

Dr. Mullins has been chosen by his peers to be listed in the Washingtonian's Best Physicians in Washington article every time that magazine has run its "Best Physician" feature and in every similar Washington Checkbook issue for 26 consecutive years. Dr. Mullins was named "Montgomery County Physician of the Year" in 1994 by the Montgomery County Medical Society, and received the Medical Society President’s award in 2016.

Anu Sharma, M.D.

Anu Sharma, M.D.

Rheumatology Fellowship at St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Internal Medicine Residency St. Mary's Health Center, St. Louis, MO
Saba University School of Medicine
Board Certified in Rheumatology
Fellow of the American College of Physicians
Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology
Treasurer of Rheumatism Society of the District of Columbia (2012-2013)
President of Rheumatism Society of the District of Columbia (2014-2015)
Active Member of the Government Affairs Committee of the American College of Rheumatology

Dr. Sharma is trained in adult and pediatric Rheumatology and is board certified in adult Rheumatology. Before beginning her residency training in Internal Medicine, Dr. Sharma lived in Bern, Switzerland and worked in a research capacity for the Maurice E. Mueller Center for Orthopedics, an affiliate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Sharma is an active member of the American College of Rheumatology. She sees adults and children (age 8 and older) with Rheumatologic conditions.

Dr. Sharma was chosen by her peers to be listed in the Washingtonian’s Best Physicians in Washington, 2012 and 2014. She is an active member of the Advocates for Arthritis group and regularly lobbies to enhance patient access to healthcare.

She has also been nominated as a new "up and coming doc to watch" and was featured in Washington Magazine.

Professional Staff

Erika Baque

Practice Administrator

Patricia Boyd

Medical Assistant

Practice History

Founded in 1968 by Dr. Howard Levine, the Center for Rheumatic Diseases and Osteoporosis was the first rheumatology practice established in Montgomery County. We have cared for more than 80,000 patients referred by hundreds of physicians. Our patients come from as far north as Gettysburg, PA, from as far east as Annapolis and Delaware, and from D.C. and many counties in Virginia.

We participate with almost all locally available medical insurance plans including Medicare, Aetna, all Care First products including Blue Choice, United Healthcare including all Mamsi products, Johns Hopkins health plans, Cigna, OneNet PPO, and Adventist Healthnet. We are committed to continuing participation in as many insurance plans as possible, to allow continuity of care for our patients.

We are an integrated medical practice providing a full range of services to patients with rheumatic disorders and/or osteoporosis, including physician consultations and ongoing care for rheumatic diseases; DXA scan interpretation and physician consultation and ongoing care for osteoporosis; and on-site infusion therapy and laboratory blood drawing facilities.