Arthritis & Rheumatic Disease Specialties (AARDS)

Announces the Opening of a COVID-19 Long Hauler Clinic

One of the most experienced facilities for treating COVID-19 long haulers using a multidisciplinary holistic treatment approach.  




About Norman B. Gaylis, MD

Norman B. Gaylis is recognized as one of the country’s leaders in the field of arthritis and rheumatic diseases. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology and has been a practicing Rheumatologist in the greater Miami area for more than 35 years.


Dr. Gaylis was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and completed his training as a rheumatologist at the University of Miami where he served on the clinical faculty for many years. Dr. Gaylis has presented numerous scientific papers and has conducted medical meetings around the United States and internationally. He is the author of multiple peer reviewed articles, in particular on the subjects of rheumatoid arthritis, magnetic resonance imaging in rheumatology and other rheumatic disorders.

In addition to his clinical practice, he was the past Medical Director for the Rheumatology division at Cardinal Health and is a speaker and consultant for numerous pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Gaylis is the Medical Director of AARDS Research, Inc., a clinical research organization specializing in clinical research trials for autoimmune diseases and the Medial Director of Infusion and Immunotherapy Center of South Florida (IIC.)


He has been a Principal Investigator in over 150 clinical trials for new pharmaceutical products for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Systemic Lupus, Lupus Nephritis, Gout, and Sjogren’s syndrome.

The recipient of many awards and honors, Dr. Gaylis is an active member of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and is currently serving as a Board Member. Dr. Gaylis is a 2017 recipient of the Master of the ACR Designation. Recognition as a Master is one of the highest honors that the College bestows on its distinguished members.

He is a past Board member of the Rheumatology Research Foundation. As part of his commitment to clinical research, he has recently established an endowment (Norman B Gaylis, MD Research Award for Rheumatologists in Community Practice) for the Rheumatology Research Foundation to award annually for the exclusive support of research by rheumatologists in clinical practice. He strongly believes in the benefits of clinical research breaking the ground for new treatments and the viability of rheumatologists in the future of healthcare.

He is one of the founders and is a Past President of the International Society for Musculoskeletal Imaging in Rheumatology (ISEMIR). He is also a past president of the Florida Society of Rheumatology.

He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, on multiple television news shows, and for many years was also the host of HEALTH TALK, a medical talk show on the radio in South Florida. He is also on the Editorial Board of Rheumatology News for which he has contributed numerous articles.

Abby sharing her story in Live on CNN with Norman B. Gaylis, MD

"I'm almost nine months into this nightmare that I'm living. I've seen 40 doctors, I've been to the ER five times, I've been hospitalized twice, and I still don't have answers." Abby Gresko Barclay has had coronavirus symptoms for nine months.

Michael Jaar sharing his story on Local 10 with Norman B. Gaylis, MD

Michael Jaar suffered Swelling joints after being affected by Covid19 . Dr Gaylis find a treatment for his long hauler symptoms

Long haulers syndrome can affect more than 10% of COVID-19 patients, including those with either serious or mild symptoms during their initial period with the virus.



​In some patients the effects of COVID-19 linger after the infection is no longer active.  These patients suffering from lingering symptoms of the virus are called long haulers.  They have in theory recovered from the worst impacts of COVID-19 and some may have tested negative for the antibodies; however, they are still symptomatic.  They may have lingering symptoms or have developed new complaints which range from mild to debilitating.   The most common long hauler symptoms include:



Chest Pain

Body aches

Joint pain

Shortness of breath

Loss of taste or smell

Difficulty sleeping


Brain fog

Blurred vision

Difficulty sleeping



Most of the symptoms of COVID-19 are a result of an overactive immune system

response resulting in  cytokines ( which are the body’s anti-inflammatory cells) to indiscriminately cause inflammation and problems with many or all of the organs in the body.  This is the same mechanism that occurs in many autoimmune disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis and several other conditions which are routinely treated by a rheumatologist such as Dr. Norman Gaylis and his associates, using multiple treatments ranging from corticosteroids to biologic drugs.

Based on our experience at AARDS of this immune inflammatory behavior, we have been treating several COVID-19 “long haul” patients with a similar approach with the treatment choices tailored to the particular presentation of symptoms of each patient.  We are also optimistic that in the near future we will be able to have the opportunity to start treating long haul patients with a unique monoclonal antibody though a clinical research study which is currently under review by the FDA. 


We will be participating in the near future in a clinical research trial using leronlimab, which is a unique monoclonal antibody.  We are pre-screening patients for this long hauler clinical trial while we await the FDA approval of the protocol for use with the drug.


If you are accepted into the clinical trial by meeting all of the Inclusion/Exclusion criteria, there will be no cost to the patient for participation.  Please call us at 305-405-1590 for more information or to make an appointment. 





CALL US AT 305-405-1590

21097 NE 27th Court
Aventura, FL 33180



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