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We found 6 rheumatologists who accept BlueOptions near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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

Dr. Abie Samuel is an adult rheumatologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. For her residency, Dr. Samuel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Samuel takes. Dr. Samuel is affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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Dr. Robert Warren Nickeson Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Rheumatology
601 5th Street S, Suite 504; Department 7795
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Nickeson is a rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) specialist in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with All Children's Hospital. Dr. Nickeson takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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.

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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 specializes in adult rheumatology. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli attended Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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 North; Suite 2e
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sonialy Lugo Ruiz, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Lugo Ruiz speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic. She attended Ibero-American University (UNIBE) for medical school and subsequently trained at Morristown Memorial Hospital for residency. She 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. Arnaldo Torres, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Arnaldo Torres' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Torres include back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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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's area of specialization is pediatric rheumatology. Dr. Santiago is affiliated with All Children's Hospital. She 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. She attended medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Santiago completed a residency program at Miami Children's 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.