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

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

Dr. Alexander Shikhman's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Patients gave Dr. Shikhman an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in general care and rheumatic diseases. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Shikhman graduated from Second Moscow State Medical Institute and then he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Shikhman is conversant in Russian.

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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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Rivera's areas of clinical interest consist of general care and rheumatic diseases. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more. After attending the University of Concepcion Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Chile. In addition to English, Dr. Rivera speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Before completing his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Dr. Anderson attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Anderson is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Anderson has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Anderson (or staff) is conversant in Filipino, Spanish, and Japanese. He is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and Sharp Rees-Stealy.

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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. In her practice, Dr. Nguyen focuses on rheumatic diseases. Her professional affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and Scripps Mercy Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nguyen's office for an appointment. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Nguyen attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. She has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Nguyen speaks Vietnamese.

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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 rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) and allergy & immunology specialist. 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. His clinical interests encompass rheumatic diseases. Dr. Jaffer has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Jaffer is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr. Jaffer is accepting new patients.

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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. He has a special interest in general care and rheumatic diseases. Patient ratings for Dr. Keating average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Keating accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Keating completed a residency program at National Naval Medical Center. He is affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Keating's practice is open to 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. Arnold Ceponis' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Ceponis is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). He is a graduate of Kaunas University of Medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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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. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, she completed her residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kim include rheumatic diseases. Dr. Kim accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

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

Dr. Peter Weis works as a rheumatologist in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. These areas are among Dr. Weis's clinical interests: general care and rheumatic diseases. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weis accepts. After attending Creighton University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Weis is professionally affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. He is open to new patients.

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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 languages: German and Turkish. Her clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. Dr. Tutuncu is affiliated with Scripps Health. She studied medicine at Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Tutuncu is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 is an adult rheumatology specialist in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. Dr. Schulman has a special interest in rheumatic diseases. Dr. Schulman is professionally affiliated with Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Before completing Dr. Schulman's residency at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, Dr. Schulman attended medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schulman takes. Dr. Schulman's practice is open to 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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He has a special interest in rheumatic diseases. Dr. Skol's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. Dr. Skol is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego.

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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 a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. Dr. Williams is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Williams trained at Strong Memorial Hospital for residency. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Williams is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Susan J Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Susan Lee's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She studied medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS).

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

Dr. Vikram Garg's area of specialization is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). His areas of clinical interest consist of musculoskeletal imaging and rheumatic diseases. Dr. Garg is affiliated with Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. After attending SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Scripps Clinic.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Musculoskeletal Imaging

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

Dr. Dana Reddy works as a geriatrician and rheumatologist. Dr. Reddy studied medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Reddy completed a residency program at Scripps Clinic. Her areas of expertise include the following: general care and rheumatic diseases. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and Kaiser Permanente are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reddy honors. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, General Care

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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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