We found 8 rheumatologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Everyday Health near Hollywood, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4310 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, FL
 

Dr. Hugo Fonseca's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. In addition to English, Dr. Fonseca (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital West. Before performing his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Fonseca attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Fonseca honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4310 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, FL
 

Dr. Alex Lam specializes in adult rheumatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Lam average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital West. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lam studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Lam (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
20880 W Dixie Highway
Miami, FL
 

Dr. George Munoz sees patients in Miami, FL. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Munoz's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Jigar K Shah, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
21097 Ne 27th Court
Aventura, FL
 

Dr. Jigar Shah's medical specialty is hospital medicine (hospitalist) and adult rheumatology. He is affiliated with Broward Health. Dr. Shah accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. His education and training includes medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

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Dr. Arielle Deborah Hay, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
20295 Ne 29 Place; #300
Aventura, FL
 

Dr. Arielle Hay is a pediatric rheumatology specialist in Aventura, FL, Weston, FL, and Miramar, FL. She is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Hay is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4700 Sheridan Street; Suite C
Hollywood, FL
 

Dr. Linnette Lopez Lopez's specialty is adult rheumatology. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Ponce School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
21097 Ne 27th Court; Suite 100
Aventura, FL
 

Dr. Norman Gaylis is an Aventura, FL physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Gaylis is 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gaylis honors.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
21097 Ne 27th Court; Suite 200
Aventura, FL
 

Dr. Marcos Maldonado works as an adult rheumatologist in Aventura, FL. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Maldonado has received include South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition.

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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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