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We found 16 rheumatologists who accept BlueOptions Essential 1419 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 practices general internal medicine and adult rheumatology. Patients rated Dr. Roca highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Central University of the East School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Aultman Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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

Dr. Olga Kromo is an adult rheumatologist in South Miami, FL. Dr. Kromo's hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Kromo trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Kromo (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian.

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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 pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Rivas-Chacon is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rivas-Chacon's areas of expertise consist of lupus and carpal tunnel syndrome. His professional affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Mount Carmel Health System, Dr. Rivas-Chacon attended the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine for medical school.

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Clinical interests: Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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

Dr. Jeffrey Ritter is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Ritter's areas of expertise include the following: osteoporosis and back problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Ritter is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Ritter attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ritter include: South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition. He 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 is an adult rheumatology specialist. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Weitz has a special interest in osteoporosis. 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. After completing medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Weitz has received the distinction of South Florida Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Weitz is professionally 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chang include knee problems, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia. On average, patients gave Dr. Chang a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chang accepts. Dr. Chang attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is 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 practices adult rheumatology in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Miami, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Alonso is professionally affiliated with Mercy Hospital. He honors 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 Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Alonso attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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 physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include arthritis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall 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. De Solo takes. Before completing his residency at Canton Medical Education Foundation, Dr. De Solo attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. He is conversant in 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 is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include fibromyalgia. Dr. Mueller is affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mueller honors. She attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Mueller's training includes residency programs at Monmouth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Fibromyalgia

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

Dr. Reuven Bromberg is a pediatric rheumatologist and rheumatologist. Dr. Bromberg attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. He takes 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 hospital/clinic affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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

Dr. Mayra Acosta is an adult rheumatology specialist. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 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. Acosta accepts. Dr. Acosta graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Acosta trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Acosta is conversant in Spanish. She 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 rheumatologist in South Miami, FL. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Garces accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at CES University, Institute of Health Sciences. Dr. Garces trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida for residency. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Rosita Petech Stoik, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
7330 Sw 62nd Place; Suite 210
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. Rosita Stoik's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Stoik (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. These areas are among Dr. Stoik's clinical interests: knee problems, migraine, and osteoporosis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. She attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Stoik honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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Clinical interests: Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Back Problems, Knee Problems, Migraine, Spider Veins, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

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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. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moreda takes. For his professional training, Dr. Moreda completed a residency program at St. Luke's Hospital. He is affiliated with Mercy Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1330 Coral Way; Suite 401
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Azarel Abinader is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She attended medical school at National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena. She 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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Dr. Arielle Deborah Hay, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
3100 Sw 62nd Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Arielle Hay sees patients in Aventura, FL, Weston, FL, and Miramar, FL. Her medical specialty is pediatric rheumatology. She is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Dr. Hay 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. She attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

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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.