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

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

Dr. Eugenia Rullanbidot is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Rullanbidot is a graduate of Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Rullanbidot trained at Monmouth Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. Patient ratings for Dr. Rullanbidot average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rullanbidot accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. 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)

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

Dr. Adam Rosen's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Rosen speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for 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)

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

Dr. Esther Jimenez-Encarnacion is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jimenez-Encarnacion honors. She attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Jimenez-Encarnacion 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 William Levin, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
1831 N Belcher Road; Suite D2
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Levin is a rheumatologist. 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. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Levin's education and training includes medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency 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 works as a rheumatologist. Dr. Zito is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. Before completing her residency at Largo Medical Center, Dr. Zito attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zito takes.

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

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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. Dr. Wilks's education and training includes medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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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, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Digiovanni performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. His professional affiliations include 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)

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

Dr. Mary Youngblood's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Youngblood takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She is affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
13644 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Rubaiya Talukdar is an adult rheumatology specialist. On average, patients gave Dr. Talukdar a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors 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
2025 Indian Rocks Road S
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Gina Raptoulis is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Raptoulis's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. She attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. 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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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.