We found 9 rheumatologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida MyBlue near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Abie Nellatt Samuel, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
620 10th Street North; Suite 2e
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Abie Samuel is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. She is a graduate of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Samuel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut for her residency. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Samuel's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Dr. Jan Antonio Berrios Colon, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
620 10th Street North; Suite 2e
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jan Berrios is a medical specialist in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Berrios is a graduate of Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and a graduate of Orlando Health's residency program. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group, Orlando Health, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Dr. Julio A Gonzalez-Paoli, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Julio Gonzalez-Paoli practices adult rheumatology in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. His education and training includes medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Patients gave Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Dr. Sonialy Lugo Ruiz, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sonialy Lugo Ruiz specializes in adult rheumatology. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Lugo Ruiz's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Suncoast Medical Clinic. She graduated from Ibero-American University (UNIBE) and then she performed her residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lugo Ruiz is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Sreelatha G Tirupathi, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3301 66th Street N; Suite A
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sreelatha Tirupathi is an adult rheumatology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. On average, patients gave Dr. Tirupathi a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended Government Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Hurley Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Telugu. Dr. Tirupathi is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Dr. Robert Warren Nickeson, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Rheumatology
601 5th Street S, Suite 504; Department 6580070420
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Nickeson's area of specialization is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Nickeson honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is affiliated with All Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Arnaldo Torres, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Arnaldo Torres' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave Dr. Torres a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Suncoast Medical Clinic. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Fibromyalgia, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Back Pain, Osteoporosis, Joint Injections

Dr. Laisa Margarita Santiago Ramos, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
601 5th Street S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Laisa Santiago specializes in pediatric rheumatology and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Santiago honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Miami Children's Hospital for residency. She is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Fellipe Mendes Xavier De Oliveira, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Fellipe Oliveira is a geriatrician and adult rheumatologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Oliveira (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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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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