We found 28 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 is an adult rheumatology specialist in Chula Vista, CA and San Diego, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Anderson include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and bursitis. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Anderson trained at Naval Medical Center San Diego for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Anderson (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino, Spanish, and Japanese. He is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Anderson's 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 is an adult rheumatologist in San Diego, CA and La Jolla, CA. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of general care and rheumatic diseases. Dr. Shikhman accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shikhman is a graduate of Second Moscow State Medical Institute and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center's residency program. He is conversant in Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests encompass general care and rheumatic diseases. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rivera accepts. She studied medicine 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. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, General Care

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

Dr. Arnold Ceponis' specialty is adult rheumatology. He attended medical school at Kaunas University of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Ceponis is professionally 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 works as an adult rheumatologist in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. His clinical interests encompass rheumatic diseases. Dr. Williams is affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He has an open panel. Dr. Williams attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Williams has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Gregory David Middleton, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Middleton is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He obtained his medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Middleton is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Middleton is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS).

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

Dr. Dana Reddy is a specialist in geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. These areas are among her clinical interests: psoriatic arthritis, lupus, and general care. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. Dr. Reddy is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. After attending Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Reddy completed her residency training at Scripps Clinic.

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

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. Dr. Fronek's areas of expertise include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and lupus. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Fronek attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school. Dr. Fronek has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Czech. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Katherine Nguyen is a specialist in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). She works in San Diego, CA. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Nguyen has a special interest in rheumatic diseases. Her professional affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and Scripps Mercy Hospital. She attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen takes. She has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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. He works in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Jaffer attended the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. In his practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatic diseases. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Jaffer is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr. Jaffer is open to 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 a rheumatologist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in general care and rheumatic diseases. Dr. Keating takes Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. After attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at National Naval Medical Center. His professional affiliations include 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. 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. In his practice, Dr. Weis focuses on general care and rheumatic diseases. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weis accepts. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Weis's office for an appointment. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Weis completed a residency program at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

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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. She studied medicine at Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Tutuncu is especially interested in rheumatic diseases. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Tutuncu (or staff) is conversant in German and Turkish. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Health. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

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

Dr. Janet Kim is a rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) specialist in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Kim has indicated that her 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 in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. 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 works as an adult rheumatologist. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. In Dr. Skol's practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatic diseases. His professional affiliations include Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Skol's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at New York Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Skol completed a residency program at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego.

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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 a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Schulman include rheumatic diseases. Dr. Schulman is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Schulman attended medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Schulman trained at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix for Dr. Schulman's residency. Dr. Schulman's professional affiliations include Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Schulman is accepting 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.
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