We found 13 rheumatologists who accept United Healthcare HMO near Pembroke Pines, FL.

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3220 South Douglas Road; A
Miramar, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Sanchez sees patients in Hialeah, FL and Miramar, FL. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Sanchez is 2.5 stars out of 5. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West. Dr. Sanchez 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. He attended Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center for residency. Dr. Sanchez speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4310 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, FL
 

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

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4310 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, FL
 

Dr. Alex Lam's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Lam has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Lam (or staff) speaks Mandarin and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital West.

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Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
12151 Taft Street
Pembroke Pines, FL
 

Dr. Jose Garcia is a rheumatologist in Pembroke Pines, FL. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hospital Miramar and Memorial Hospital West. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida, Dr. Garcia attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Garcia is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Marcos Maldonado is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Maldonado attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition.

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Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
4500 Sheridan Street; Primary Office
Hollywood, FL
 

Dr. Kristina Wiers-Shamir is a specialist in pediatric rheumatology. She works in Hollywood, FL and Plantation, FL. Patients rated Dr. Wiers-Shamir highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Ross University School of Medicine and residency at Maimonides Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
20880 W Dixie Highway
Miami, FL
 

Dr. George Munoz specializes in adult rheumatology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Munoz at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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
21097 Ne 27th Court; Suite 100
Aventura, FL
 

Dr. Norman Gaylis' medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider 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
4700 Sheridan Street; Suite C
Hollywood, FL
 

Dr. Linnette Lopez Lopez works as an adult rheumatologist. She graduated from Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Lopez Lopez 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
12151 Taft Street
Pembroke Pines, FL
 

Dr. Zabeth Cure Lopez is a Pembroke Pines, FL physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Cure Lopez is affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar and Memorial Hospital West. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Her training includes a residency program at Mount Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1000 Park Centre Boulevard; Suite 136
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Schartess Culpepper Pace is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Culpepper Pace takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to 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 specialties are hospital medicine (hospitalist) and adult rheumatology. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Shah accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Broward Health.

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Dr. Arielle Deborah Hay, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
12246 Miramar Parkway
Miramar, FL
 

Dr. Arielle Hay practices pediatric rheumatology. She is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Dr. Hay studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hay takes.

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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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