We found 10 rheumatologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential Health near Largo, FL.

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

Dr. Eugenia Rullanbidot works as a rheumatologist in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Rullanbidot is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Rullanbidot include back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. Before performing her residency at Monmouth Medical Center, Dr. Rullanbidot attended Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Rullanbidot honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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

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

Dr. Adam Rosen works as an adult rheumatologist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Rosen at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Rosen speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Esther Jimenez-Encarnacion's specialty is adult rheumatology. She is in-network 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 a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Jimenez-Encarnacion has received distinctions including Fellow of the year, University of Puerto Rico and Scholarly Productivity Award, VA Caribbean Healthcare System. Dr. Jimenez-Encarnacion speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Robert Digiovanni specializes in adult rheumatology. He graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Digiovanni completed a residency program at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Digiovanni 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. He 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 L Zito, MPH, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
13644 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Susan Zito is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. After completing medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at Largo Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Zito an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zito's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Dr. Robert William Levin, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
1831 N Belcher Road; Suite D2
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Levin is an adult rheumatology specialist. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Levin's clinical interests: back pain, sciatica, and joint injections. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Levin honors. He attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University for residency. Dr. Levin is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Elbow Problems, Neck Problems, Sciatica, Spinal Stenosis, Back Pain, Rheumatic Diseases, Joint ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Harry Wilks' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Wilks attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
13644 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Rubaiya Mallay is a Largo, FL physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. She is rated highly by her patients. She is in-network for 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
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Mary Youngblood is a rheumatologist. Dr. Youngblood is affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended St. George's University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for residency.

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

Dr. Gina Raptoulis specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Palm Harbor, FL and Largo, FL. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Raptoulis is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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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