We found 4 rheumatologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas near Galveston, TX.

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Dr. Rashmi Manjunath Maganti, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Rashmi Maganti's specialty is adult rheumatology. She takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She graduated from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Maganti is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Binh Yen Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Binh Nguyen is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Nguyen is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC) and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
301 University Boulevard; Route 0565
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Emilio Gonzalez's specialty is adult rheumatology. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Rex McCallum is an adult rheumatology specialist in Galveston, TX. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. McCallum graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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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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