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We found 57 rheumatologists who accept Anthem Blue Cross of California near West Hollywood, CA.

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Specializes in Rheumatology
8737 Beverly Boulevard; Suite 302
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Swamy Venuturupalli is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Los Angeles, CA and West Hollywood, CA. Dr. Venuturupalli is a graduate of the University of Mumbai and Topiwala National Medical College. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Venuturupalli include antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, psoriatic arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Self-Pay/Uninsured. Dr. Venuturupalli has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Venuturupalli (or staff) speaks Telugu, Spanish, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Clinical interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Dermot Fitzgerald, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10880 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 530
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. John Fitzgerald is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He has a special interest in gout. Dr. Fitzgerald has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Fitzgerald has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Fitzgerald has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal Problems, Gout

Dr. Mihaela Botea Taylor, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Mihaela Taylor works as a rheumatologist in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. She graduated from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Her residency was performed at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Taylor's areas of expertise include the following: osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and myositis. Dr. Taylor has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Taylor speaks Romanian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Myositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ultrasound, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel G Arkfeld, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1031 West 34th Street Usc University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Arkfeld is an adult rheumatology specialist in Los Angeles, CA. His clinical interests include fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Arkfeld is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arkfeld accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, 1980 - 1982; and Loyola Marymount University Scholastic Honors Program, 1980 - 1982.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Connective Tissue Disorders, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Andreas Otto Reiff, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Pediatric Rheumatology
4650 W Sunset Boulevard; Ms# 60
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Andreas Reiff's specialty is pediatric rheumatology. He is a graduate of the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Reiff takes Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Reiff has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks German. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Clinical interests: Teaching, Research

Dr. Elizabeth Rita Volkmann, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B365
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Volkmann is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Volkmann's areas of expertise include raynaud's, scleroderma, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Volkmann trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She speaks Spanish. Dr. Volkmann is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Scleroderma, Pulmonary Hypertension, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Raynaud's, Connective Tissue ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
250 N. Robertson Boulevard; Suite 603
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Lillian Szydlo works as an adult rheumatologist. Dr. Szydlo (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Yiddish. These areas are among her clinical interests: psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and lupus. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Szydlo is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Szydlo accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 420
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Peter Kim is a rheumatologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. Kim is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis

Dr. Soo In Choi, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
757 Westwood Plaza; Room B711
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Soo Choi works as an adult rheumatologist. She speaks Korean. Clinical interests for Dr. Choi include myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Choi is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Choi takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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Clinical interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ram Raj Singh, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ram Singh's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Singh's clinical interests include myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Singh accepts. He graduated from King George Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Singh trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University. Dr. Singh (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis

Dr. Roy Davis Altman, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B365
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Roy Altman sees patients in Newhall, CA and Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Altman accepts. He attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Altman trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Altman has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
10833 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Deborah McCurdy sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric rheumatology. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at The Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. McCurdy attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Voted Best Doctors; and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. McCurdy's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Dr. Veena Kittane Ranganath, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Veena Ranganath is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Santa Monica, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Dr. Ranganath's clinical interests encompass rheumatoid arthritis. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. James Sam Louie, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. James Louie sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Louie is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Jennifer Kuen-Ling King, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B365
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer King's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. King's areas of expertise include the following: vasculitis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She attended medical school at Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. King completed residency programs at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. She is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ernest Brahn, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Ucla Medical Plaza
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ernest Brahn sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Ernest Brahn's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Brahn's clinical interests include myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. Brahn honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Brahn graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Brahn trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Brahn has received the following distinctions: Voted Best Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Brahn is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Myositis, Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis

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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.