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We found 8 rheumatologists who accept CIGNA EPO near Dallas, TX.

Dr. Wassila Amari, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Wassila Amari specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Dallas, TX and Waxahachie, TX. Her areas of expertise include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and psoriatic arthritis. The average patient rating for Dr. Amari is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Amari honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Amari graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. She is affiliated with Dallas Diagnostic Association.

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Clinical interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Lupus, Raynaud's, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dianne Lynn Petrone, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Dianne Petrone's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Patients rated Dr. Petrone highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Petrone has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Petrone (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Chinese. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Arthritis Centers of Texas.

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Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad Chowdhry, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Iftikhar Chowdhry is an adult rheumatologist. In addition to English, Dr. Chowdhry (or staff) speaks Urdu and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Arthritis Centers of Texas. After attending Allama Iqbal Medical College and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Cabrini Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Alex Limanni, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Alex Limanni's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. He is especially interested in rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebra). His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Arthritis Centers of Texas. Dr. Limanni is a graduate of UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Limanni honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Spondylolisthesis

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Priya Nair is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Nair honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is a graduate of Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. She speaks Chinese. Dr. Nair is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Dr. John J Willis, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. John Willis practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Willis is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Marian Sackler is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. In addition to English, she speaks Chinese. Her professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Arthritis Centers of Texas. Dr. Sackler is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She is rated highly by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Shawnta Renee Pittman-Hobbs, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
3500 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
 

Dr. Shawnta Pittman-Hobbs, who practices in Dallas, TX and Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and adult rheumatology. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Pittman-Hobbs studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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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.