We found 15 rheumatologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Essential Health near South Miami, FL.

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Dr. Alejandro Octavio Roca, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
6701 Sunset Drive; Suite 212
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. Alejandro Roca sees patients in South Miami, FL. His medical specialties are general internal medicine and adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Roca honors. Dr. Roca obtained his medical school training at Central University of the East School of Medicine and performed his residency at Aultman Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Rafael Federico Rivas- Chacon, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology, Adult Rheumatology
3200 Sw 60 Court 105
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Rivas-Chacon's specialties are pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include the following: lupus and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Rivas-Chacon's professional affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. Before completing his residency at Mount Carmel Health System, Dr. Rivas-Chacon attended medical school at the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Rivas-Chacon's average patient rating is 2.5 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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Clinical interests: Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Olga Kromo, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6141 Sunset Drive; Suite 501
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. Olga Kromo specializes in adult rheumatology. Before completing her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Kromo attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Kromo takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kromo (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Russian. Her professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Dr. Jeffrey Sanders Ritter, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
7190 Southwest 87th Avenue; Suite 304
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Ritter is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Miami, FL. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include osteoporosis and back problems. Dr. Ritter 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 a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Ritter's training includes a residency program at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. Dr. Ritter is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Back Problems, Osteoporosis

Dr. Michael Alan Weitz, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
7190 Sw 87th Avenue; Suite 304
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. Michael Weitz works as a rheumatologist in Miami, FL and South Miami, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Weitz include osteoporosis. Dr. Weitz's hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Weitz attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. Patient reviews placed Dr. Weitz at an average of 5.0 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. He has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Osteoporosis

Dr. Richard Lee Chang, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10820 Sw 113 Place
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Richard Chang is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Chang is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia. He is affiliated with Baptist Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Chang completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Chang has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Clinical interests: Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fibromyalgia, Back Problems, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlos Manuel Alonso, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3661 South Miami Avenue; Suite 801
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Alonso's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Patients gave Dr. Alonso an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Mercy Hospital.

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Dr. Reuven Bromberg, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology, Adult Rheumatology
1330 Coral Way; Suite 403
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Reuven Bromberg is a pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology specialist. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Bromberg's medical residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He 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. Dr. Bromberg (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Bromberg's professional affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Dr. Santiago Miguel De Solo, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
7190 Sw 87th Avenue; 304
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Santiago De Solo is a rheumatologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. De Solo include arthritis. Dr. De Solo's professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at Canton Medical Education Foundation, Dr. De Solo attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Arthritis

Dr. Patricia Maria Mueller, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6141 Sunset Drive; Suite 501
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. Patricia Mueller's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Mueller has indicated that her clinical interests include fibromyalgia. She is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mueller's education and training includes medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at Monmouth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Fibromyalgia

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3661 South Miami Avenue; Suite 801
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Mayra Acosta specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Miami, FL. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Acosta is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Acosta trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for her residency. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Mercy Hospital.

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Dr. Margarita Rosa Garces, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6141 Sunset Drive; Suite 501
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. Margarita Garces is a rheumatologist. Her education and training includes medical school at CES University, Institute of Health Sciences and residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Garces is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Garces speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
760 Ponce De Leon Boulevard; Suite 113
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Ramon Moreda specializes in adult rheumatology. He is affiliated with Mercy Hospital. Dr. Moreda 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. For his professional training, Dr. Moreda completed a residency program at St. Luke's Hospital.

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Dr. Azarel Abinader, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1330 Coral Way; Suite 401
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Azarel Abinader is a Miami, FL physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Abinader is a graduate of National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena.

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Dr. Arielle Deborah Hay, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
3100 Sw 62nd Avenue
Miami, 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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