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We found 4 rheumatologists who accept United Healthcare HMO near Orange, CA.

Dr. Behnam Mir-Behnam Khaleghi Damavandi, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
805 W La Veta; Suite 105
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Behnam Khaleghi works as a rheumatologist. He speaks Persian. Dr. Khaleghi's areas of expertise include rheumatic diseases. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, MemorialCare Health System, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). He studied medicine at Shaheed Beheshti Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Khaleghi trained at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx. Patient reviews placed Dr. Khaleghi at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Joo-Hyung Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1140 W La Veta Avenue; #610
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Joo-Hyung Lee's specialty is adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave Dr. Lee a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lee completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Dr. Thomas R Powell, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1140 W. La Veta Avenue; Suite #610
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Powell's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Powell include arthritis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, Community Care Network (CCN), and more. He attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. Dr. Powell is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Arthritis

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
11180 Warner Avenue; Suite 157
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Gharoon Panahi is a specialist in adult rheumatology. His areas of clinical interest consist of osteoporosis and arthritis. Dr. Panahi is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Panahi trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Panahi (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Persian.

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Clinical interests: Osteoporosis, Arthritis

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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.