We found 8 rheumatologists who accept Silver Compass 4000 near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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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 physician who specializes in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). He is affiliated with All Children's Hospital. Dr. Nickeson attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Nickeson trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. 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.

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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 practices adult rheumatology in Saint Petersburg, FL. She is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. Dr. Samuel takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. For her residency, Dr. Samuel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut.

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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 practices rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) in Saint Petersburg, FL and Bay Pines, FL. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at Orlando Health, Dr. Berrios attended medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Berrios is 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 works as a rheumatologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli honors. Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli studied medicine at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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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 is a rheumatologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. She is professionally affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic. Dr. Lugo Ruiz takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Ibero-American University (UNIBE) and performed her residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Lugo Ruiz speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Arnaldo Torres specializes in adult rheumatology. Patients gave Dr. Torres an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. He is professionally affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric rheumatology. She is affiliated with All Children's Hospital. Before completing her residency at Miami Children's Hospital, Dr. Santiago attended medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Santiago accepts 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 Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Fellipe Oliveira is a geriatrician and rheumatologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Oliveira (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic. Dr. Oliveira 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.

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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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