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We found 9 rheumatologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential Health near Largo, FL.

Dr. Adam Michael Rosen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Adam Rosen is an adult rheumatology specialist in Clearwater, FL. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. Dr. Rosen accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Rosen's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

Dr. Eugenia R Rullan-Bidot, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Eugenia Rullanbidot is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Clearwater, FL. These areas are among Dr. Rullanbidot's clinical interests: back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. She is rated highly by her patients. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rullanbidot attended medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Monmouth Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Esther Jimenez-Encarnacion is a rheumatologist. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Jimenez-Encarnacion attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Fellow of the year, University of Puerto Rico and Scholarly Productivity Award, VA Caribbean Healthcare System. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Robert Louis Digiovanni, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
13644 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Robert Digiovanni's specialty is adult rheumatology. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Digiovanni is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Raynaud's, Vasculitis, Sjogren's ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan Leesa Zito, MPH, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
13644 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Susan Zito's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Zito average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Zito honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing her residency at Largo Medical Center, Dr. Zito attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Zito is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Knee Pain, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Hand Problems, Osteoporosis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Mary Youngblood is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Youngblood studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She 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. She is professionally affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
13644 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Rubaiya Talukdar is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Largo, FL. Dr. Talukdar has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1260 S Martin Luther King Jr Avenue; Suite A
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Harry Wilks, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Wilks is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Dr. Wilks completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2025 Indian Rocks Road S
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Gina Raptoulis' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. She studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Raptoulis 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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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.