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

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

Dr. Adam Rosen sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Rosen is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His training includes a residency program at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. His clinical interests include back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. Patient ratings for Dr. Rosen average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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)

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

Dr. Eugenia Rullanbidot specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Clearwater, FL. She is rated highly by her patients. Her areas of expertise include back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. Dr. Rullanbidot is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Monmouth Medical Center. In addition to English, she 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, who practices in Largo, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Jimenez-Encarnacion include: Fellow of the year, University of Puerto Rico and Scholarly Productivity Award, VA Caribbean Healthcare System. Dr. Jimenez-Encarnacion is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Robert Levin practices adult rheumatology in Dunedin, FL and Clearwater, FL. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Levin's clinical interests include back pain, sciatica, and joint injections. His professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. 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. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Dr. Levin completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University.

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

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

Dr. Susan Zito practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Zito is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her residency was performed at Largo Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Zito is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
13644 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Rubaiya Talukdar is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider 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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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1260 S Martin Luther King Jr Avenue; Suite A
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Harry Wilks is an adult rheumatology specialist. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Wilks is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

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

Dr. Robert Digiovanni is a Largo, FL physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Digiovanni accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Largo Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Mary Youngblood, who practices in Largo, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Youngblood accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended St. George's University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for residency. She is affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic.

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

Dr. Gina Raptoulis is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Palm Harbor, FL and Largo, FL. Her professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Raptoulis takes. She is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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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