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

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

Dr. Alejandro Roca works as an internist and rheumatologist in South Miami, FL. His education and training includes medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine and residency at Aultman Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Roca honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Roca's hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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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 is a specialist in pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology. He works in Miami, FL. Dr. Rivas-Chacon's clinical interests encompass lupus and carpal tunnel syndrome. His professional affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. He attended the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Mount Carmel Health System for residency. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He 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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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 is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Kromo takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Kromo trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Kromo (or staff) speaks 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 practices adult rheumatology in Miami, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Ritter include osteoporosis and back problems. On average, patients gave Dr. Ritter a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He has received distinctions including South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. Dr. Ritter's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 attended Weill Cornell Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Clinical interests for Dr. Weitz include osteoporosis. Patients gave Dr. Weitz an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Weitz is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Chang trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chang is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Baptist Hospital.

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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 is a rheumatologist. He attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. Dr. Alonso is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Alonso is conversant in 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 specialist in pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology. 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. Dr. Bromberg attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Bromberg (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He is especially interested in arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Dr. De Solo takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. De Solo is a graduate of Central University of the East School of Medicine. He trained at Canton Medical Education Foundation for residency. 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 specialty is adult rheumatology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in fibromyalgia. She is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Mueller is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Monmouth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Fibromyalgia

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

Dr. Mayra Acosta specializes in adult rheumatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Acosta average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Acosta accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Acosta is 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 an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Garces studied medicine at CES University, Institute of Health Sciences. Her residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. She is rated highly by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, 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 is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. His residency was performed at St. Luke's Hospital. Dr. Moreda takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is affiliated with Mercy 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 specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Abinader accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She graduated from 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 works as a pediatric rheumatologist in Aventura, FL, Weston, FL, and Miramar, FL. She studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hay is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus 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.