We found 28 rheumatologists who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near La Jolla, CA.

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

Dr. Tania Rivera is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Rivera is especially interested in general care and rheumatic diseases. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rivera's office for an appointment. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Concepcion Faculty of Medicine and residency at Beth Israel Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Chile. She speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, General Care

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

Dr. Brian Anderson's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Anderson graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. Dr. Anderson has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Anderson (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino, Spanish, and Japanese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and Sharp Rees-Stealy.

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

Dr. Peter Weis is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He has a special interest in general care and rheumatic diseases. Dr. Weis takes Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, General Care

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

Dr. Richard Keating is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Keating's areas of expertise include the following: general care and rheumatic diseases. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Keating accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 practices adult rheumatology in Oceanside, CA, Encinitas, CA, and La Jolla, CA. In her practice, Dr. Tutuncu focuses on rheumatic diseases. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Health. Dr. Tutuncu takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She is open to new patients. She is a graduate of Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Tutuncu is conversant in Turkish.

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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 physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. He graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego. His clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. Dr. Skol has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Skol is professionally affiliated with Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

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

Dr. Katherine Nguyen works as an adult rheumatologist. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Nguyen include rheumatic diseases. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Nguyen speaks Vietnamese. She is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Her practice 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 specialist in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) and allergy & immunology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Jaffer attended the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school. He is especially interested in rheumatic diseases. Dr. Jaffer's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Jaffer honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Allergies

Dr. Vikram Kumar Garg, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
10666 N Torrey Pines Road; 403c
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Vikram Garg works as a rheumatologist in Encinitas, CA and La Jolla, CA. He is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University. He trained at Scripps Clinic for residency. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Garg include musculoskeletal imaging and rheumatic diseases. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Garg's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Musculoskeletal Imaging

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

Dr. Alexander Shikhman is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He is a graduate of Second Moscow State Medical Institute. His residency was performed at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Shikhman is especially interested in general care and rheumatic diseases. Dr. Shikhman's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He speaks Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Shikhman is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, General Care

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

Dr. Arnoldas Ceponis is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in San Diego, CA and La Jolla, CA. He attended medical school at Kaunas University of Medicine. Dr. Ceponis takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS).

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

Dr. Janet Kim's specialty is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). Dr. Kim's clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. She is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Kim completed her residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Arthur F Kavanaugh, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Arthur Kavanaugh works as an allergist/immunologist and rheumatologist in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. He is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). He studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kavanaugh honors.

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

Dr. Stacey Schulman specializes in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Schulman include rheumatic diseases. Dr. Schulman is affiliated with Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Schulman is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Schulman's office for an appointment. Before performing Dr. Schulman's residency at Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix, Dr. Schulman attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

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

Dr. Gary Williams is an adult rheumatology specialist in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. In his practice, Dr. Williams focuses on rheumatic diseases. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Strong Memorial Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Williams is professionally affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Williams is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Kenneth Carekin Kalunian, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Kalunian sees patients in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Kalunian is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine.

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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.
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