Zuhal Arzomand, M.D.

Dorothy M. Nicholson, M.D.

Northern Virginia Arthritis and Rheumatology

101 South Whiting Street, Suite 105

Landmark Towers

Alexandria, Va 22304

Tel:  703-751-8804

At NVAAR, we are committed to providing quality, specialized care to our patients and community and improved lives through better health.

About Dr. Arzomand

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Dr. Zuhal Arzomand is a double board certified physician in both Rheumatology and Internal Medicine.. She completed her internal medicine residency at Roger Williams Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island. She then went on to complete her rheumatology fellowship at Brown University. During her fellowship she became proficient in musculoskeletal ultrasound, took part in combined dermatology/rheumatology clinics and managed a wide variety of rheumatic conditions.

She is a member of several professional organizations including the American College of Rheumatology, Association of Women in Rheumatology, American College of Physicians and American Medical Association. During her training, Dr. Arzomand participated in a wide range of clinical projects which have been recognized by the American College of Rheumatology, Congress of Clinical Rheumatology, North American Young Rheumatology Investigator Forum and the American College of Physicians Rhode Island Chapter. Dr. Arzomand has published numerous textbook chapters on topics including Basic Calcium Phosphate Deposition Disease, Lyme Arthritis and Osteoarthritis.

Dr. Arzomand is passionate about creating a strong physician-patient relationship and understands good communication is important to ensuring positive health outcomes. She has always made giving back to the community a priority and volunteers for many organizations including the Arthritis Foundation.

Outside of work, Dr. Arzomand enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her family. In addition to English, she is fluent in Farsi/Dari and speaks conversational Spanish.

About Dr. Nicholson

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Dr. Nicholson was born in Newport, Rhode Island, and earned her BA with high distinction from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 1976. She graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1981, and completed her Internal Medicine internship and residency at George Washington University in 1984.


During the next two years, she worked as a Fellow in the Division of Rheumatology at George Washington University and co-authored articles for the Journal of Rheumatology and the Archive of Internal Medicine.


Dr. Nicholson has been in private practice since 1986, and she is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.


In her free time, Dr. Nicholson volunteers at the Arlington Free Clinic.  She also enjoys traveling, sailing and keeping up with technology.