We found 88 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Anthem Blue Cross PPO near Beverly Hills, CA.

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Mihaela Botea Taylor MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 3.77 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Mihaela Taylor practices adult rheumatology in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and myositis. Dr. Taylor's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Providence Saint John's Health Center, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Taylor is a graduate of Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Her medical residency was performed at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Taylor has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Romanian.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

All Interests: Myositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Spondylolysis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, System ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 3.83 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
1328 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Elyse Rubenstein works as an adult rheumatologist in Santa Monica, CA. Her areas of clinical interest consist of lupus and arthritis. Dr. Rubenstein is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. After completing medical school at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, she performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Rubenstein's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Arthritis, Lupus

Dr Lindsy Jennifer Forbess MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 3.37 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
8631 W 3rd Street; Suite 700 East
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Lindsy Forbess is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Los Angeles, CA. Patients gave Dr. Forbess an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise consist of connective tissue disorders, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. She is in-network for Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Weill Cornell Medical College and Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Columbia University Medical Center. She has received the following distinction: Distinguished Fellow Award, American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Forbess is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Connective Tissue Disorders, Vasculitis

Dr Daniel J Wallace MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 4.1 stars out of 5 (26 ratings)
8737 Beverly Boulevard; Suite 302
West Hollywood, CA

Dr. Daniel Wallace specializes in adult rheumatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Wallace average 4.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Wallace's practice, he is particularly interested in lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Wallace attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Autoimmune Disorders, Vasculitis

William Joshua Martin MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2020 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 540
Santa Monica, CA

Dr. William Martin is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Santa Monica, CA and Westlake Village, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Martin accepts. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, Dr. Martin performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

All Interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, Osteoar ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Michael Weisman is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Weisman's areas of expertise consist of connective tissue disorders, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Weisman has received professional recognition including the following: Editor: Rheumatology - 2010 Editor: Treatment of the Rheumatic Diseases; Editor: Ankylosing Spondylitis and the Spondyloarthropathies; and President, Research and Education Foundation, American College of Rheumatology. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Lupus, Connective Tissue Disorders

Jennifer Morris Grossman MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 4.56 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B365
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Jennifer Grossman specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Grossman include osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Grossman is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Grossman attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school. Dr. Grossman's distinctions include: Voted Best Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors; and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spondylolysis, Spine Problems, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vas ... (Read more)

Veena Kittane Ranganath MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B365
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Veena Ranganath, who practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. In Dr. Ranganath's practice, she is particularly interested in rheumatoid arthritis. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Dr. Ranganath attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. She is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr Jana Posalski MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
8700 Beverly Boulevard; Room B-139
West Hollywood, CA

Dr. Jana Posalski is an adult rheumatologist in West Hollywood, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Posalski include antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, connective tissue disorders, and ankylosing spondylitis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Posalski accepts. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, she performed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Posalski speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Cedars-Sinai Health Associates and Cedars-Sinai Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, Autoimmune Disorders, Ankylosing Spondylitis

All Interests: Ankylosing Spondylitis, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, Autoimmune Disorders, Connective Tissue ... (Read more)

Dr Lillian Szydlo MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 3.96 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
250 N. Robertson Boulevard; Suite 603
Beverly Hills, CA

Dr. Lillian Szydlo specializes in adult rheumatology. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: fibromyalgia, dermatomyositis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Szydlo takes. She is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Szydlo completed a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Szydlo has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Recipient- Rita Miller Memorial Award, Universal Scleroderma Foundation; and Fellow- American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Szydlo (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Yiddish. Dr. Szydlo's professional affiliations include Cedars-Sinai Health Associates and Cedars-Sinai Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , Ankylosing Spondylitis

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Gout

Alan Howard Gorn MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 4.55 stars out of 5 (14 ratings)
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite 365-b
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Alan Gorn's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Gorn's areas of expertise include osteoporosis, dermatomyositis, and osteoarthritis. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. After completing medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gorn is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasc ... (Read more)

Maureen Anne McMahon MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B365
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Maureen McMahon's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. McMahon's areas of expertise include the following: rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Rush University Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis

Dr Elizabeth Rita Volkmann MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B365
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Elizabeth Volkmann sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Sylmar, CA. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. She attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Volkmann trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for her residency. Her clinical interests include raynaud's, scleroderma, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Volkmann takes. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

All Interests: Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Raynaud's

Dr Soo I Choi MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
757 Westwood Plaza; Room B711
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Soo Choi's specialty is adult rheumatology. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Areas of expertise for Dr. Choi include myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Choi accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Choi speaks Korean. Her professional affiliations include Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

All Interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, Osteoar ... (Read more)

Elayne K Garber MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 3.31 stars out of 5 (12 ratings)
8631 W. Third Street
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Elayne Garber works as an adult rheumatologist in Los Angeles, CA. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Garber include back pain, fibromyalgia, and neck pain. Dr. Garber is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Garber is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , Ankylosing Spondylitis

All Interests: Neck Pain, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Gout, Back Pain

James Sam Louie MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 3.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. James Louie's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Louie's clinical interests encompass rheumatoid arthritis. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. Dr. Louie is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

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