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We found 27 rheumatologists who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near La Jolla, CA.

Dr. Brian Cornell Anderson, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Brian Anderson's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Anderson (or staff) speaks Filipino, Spanish, and Japanese. Clinical interests for Dr. Anderson include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and bursitis. He is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and Sharp Rees-Stealy. He attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Naval Medical Center San Diego for residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Anderson takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Anderson has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Myositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing ... (Read more)

Dr. Alexander R Shikhman, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Alexander Shikhman works as an adult rheumatologist in San Diego, CA and La Jolla, CA. Dr. Shikhman speaks Russian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shikhman include general care and rheumatic diseases. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Shikhman graduated from Second Moscow State Medical Institute and then he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, General Care

Dr. Tania L Rivera Vidal, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 560
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Tania Rivera specializes in adult rheumatology. She attended medical school at the University of Concepcion Faculty of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Rivera completed residency programs at Beth Israel Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Chile. Dr. Rivera is especially interested in general care and rheumatic diseases. Dr. Rivera's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rivera's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, General Care

Dr. Zdenka Fronek, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10243 Genetic Center Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Zdenka Fronek's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Fronek include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and lupus. Dr. Fronek is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for her residency. She has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Fronek speaks Czech. Dr. Fronek is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Ankylosing ... (Read more)

Dr. Arnoldas Ceponis, MD, PhD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Arnoldas Ceponis is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Ceponis accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Kaunas University of Medicine. He is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS).

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Dr. Gary William Williams, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Gary Williams sees patients in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Williams has a special interest in rheumatic diseases. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. Before performing his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital, Dr. Williams attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine for medical school. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Williams takes. Dr. Williams has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Dana A Copeland, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Dana Reddy is a geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology specialist. Her education and training includes medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School and residency at Scripps Clinic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reddy include psoriatic arthritis, lupus, and general care. Dr. Reddy is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Myositis, Tendonitis, Immunotherapy, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Middleton sees patients in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Middleton is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Middleton accepts. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Middleton completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

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Dr. Katherine H.Y. Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Katherine Nguyen specializes in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) and practices in San Diego, CA. She attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Clinical interests for Dr. Nguyen include rheumatic diseases. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen accepts. She has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Nguyen speaks Vietnamese. She is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and Scripps Mercy Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Adrian M Jaffer, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
9850 Genesee Avenue, Scripps Memorial Hospital; Suite 810
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Adrian Jaffer is a medical specialist in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) and allergy & immunology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Jaffer include rheumatic diseases. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Jaffer is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Jaffer has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Allergies

Dr. Richard Michael Keating, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Richard Keating is an adult rheumatology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Keating average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in general care and rheumatic diseases. Dr. Keating is professionally affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He has an open panel. Dr. Keating graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at National Naval Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, General Care

Dr. Peter James Weis, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10666 N Torrey Pines Road; Ms 113
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Peter Weis specializes in adult rheumatology. He is especially interested in general care and rheumatic diseases. Dr. Weis is affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Weis's practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Dr. Weis attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, General Care

Dr. Zuhre N Tutuncu, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 810
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Zuhre Tutuncu is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Tutuncu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German and Turkish. Clinical interests for Dr. Tutuncu include rheumatic diseases. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Health. Dr. Tutuncu graduated from Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Edward V.H. Skol, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Edward Skol is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. He is especially interested in rheumatic diseases. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Skol is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, Dr. Skol attended New York Medical College for medical school. Dr. Skol is professionally affiliated with Scripps Green Hospital, Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Stacey J Schulman, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Stacey Schulman's specialty is adult rheumatology. In Dr. Schulman's practice, Dr. Schulman focuses on rheumatic diseases. Dr. Schulman is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Schulman attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete Dr. Schulman's residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix. Dr. Schulman's professional affiliations include Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Schulman's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

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Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 420
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Janet Kim works as a rheumatologist in La Jolla, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kim include rheumatic diseases. Dr. Kim accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, she completed her residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr. Kim welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

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What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is the medical specialty that is concerned with arthritis and other diseases of inflammation. Inflammation can occur anywhere in the body, but it is most common in the joints and connective tissues. Arthritis, which occurs in the joints, is also a very common condition, so rheumatology is strongly associated with joint care. But rheumatology is about more that just arthritis. Other conditions that a rheumatologist might treat include:
  • Lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease
  • Ankylosing spondylitis, inflammation at the base of the spine
  • Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that stops production of tears and saliva
  • Fibromyalgia, a disorder causing widespread, chronic pain and fatigue

Pediatric rheumatologists are doctors that specialize in treating inflammatory diseases in children. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other inflammatory diseases can begin even in childhood, and can cause a unique set of problems for active and growing children.

Rheumatologists use patient symptoms as well as lab tests and imaging tests such as MRIs to diagnose disease. Treatment varies widely depending on the diagnosis, but it may include physiotherapy (to improve motion, ability, and function) or medications. Commonly prescribed medications include anti-inflammatories such as NSAIDS (e.g. Tylenol, Ibuprofen) and steroids, or immune system suppressants such as methotrexate and TNF inhibitor medications (e.g. Enbrel, Humira). The goal is always to increase the patient’s ability to move without pain and to reduce the need for future treatment.