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We found 4 rheumatologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Dallas, TX.

Dr. Thomas David Geppert, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
5939 Harry Hines Boulevard; Suite 400
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Geppert is an adult rheumatology specialist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Geppert is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Dr. Geppert's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Jack Bernstein Vine, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
5939 Harry Hines Boulevard; Suite 400
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Jack Vine is an adult rheumatology specialist. He is affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Vine's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Vine is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Margarita Fallena, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
809 Singleton Boulevard
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Margarita Fallena practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Fallena is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. She attended medical school at the University of Anahuac Faculty of Health Sciences. For her professional training, Dr. Fallena completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Fallena (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5201 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Kalpana Bhairavarasu works as a rheumatologist in Odessa, TX and Dallas, TX. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Bhairavarasu studied medicine at Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad and Osmania 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.