We found 27 rheumatologists who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near La Jolla, CA.

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Dr. Tania L Rivera Vidal, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 560
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Tania Rivera's specialty is adult rheumatology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include internal medicine and rheumatic diseases. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rivera takes. Dr. Rivera is a graduate of the University of Concepcion Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Rivera trained at Beth Israel Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Chile. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Internal Medicine

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Brian Anderson is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Anderson is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Anderson (or staff) speaks Filipino, Spanish, and Japanese. Dr. Anderson's hospital/clinic affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and Sharp Rees-Stealy.

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Dr. Peter James Weis, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10666 N Torrey Pines Road; Ms 113
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Peter Weis is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Weis has indicated that his clinical interests include internal medicine and rheumatic diseases. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weis takes. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. Dr. Weis has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Internal Medicine

Dr. Zuhre N Tutuncu, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 810
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Zuhre Tutuncu specializes in adult rheumatology. In addition to English, she speaks Turkish. She is especially interested in rheumatic diseases. Dr. Tutuncu is affiliated with Scripps Health. She attended medical school at Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tutuncu takes. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Edward V.H. Skol, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Edward Skol is an adult rheumatology specialist. His clinical interests encompass rheumatic diseases. Dr. Skol is affiliated with Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. Before completing his residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, Dr. Skol attended medical school at New York Medical College. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Skol takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Katherine H.Y. Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Katherine Nguyen's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Her clinical interests encompass rheumatic diseases. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Nguyen attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. She speaks Vietnamese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and Scripps Mercy Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Adrian M Jaffer, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
9850 Genesee Avenue, Scripps Memorial Hospital; Suite 810
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Adrian Jaffer is a physician who specializes in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) and allergy & immunology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Jaffer focuses on rheumatic diseases. Dr. Jaffer is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Jaffer attended the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Allergies

Dr. Richard M Keating, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Richard Keating is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Keating's areas of clinical interest consist of internal medicine and rheumatic diseases. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. After attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at National Naval Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Keating at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Internal Medicine

Dr. Vikram Kumar Garg, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10666 N Torrey Pines Road; 403c
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Vikram Garg's medical specialty is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). Dr. Garg has a special interest in musculoskeletal imaging and rheumatic diseases. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Garg's residency was performed at Scripps Clinic. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Clinic Encinitas, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Musculoskeletal Imaging

Dr. Alexander R Shikhman, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Alexander Shikhman practices adult rheumatology in San Diego, CA and La Jolla, CA. After completing medical school at Second Moscow State Medical Institute, Dr. Shikhman performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: internal medicine and rheumatic diseases. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Russian. Dr. Shikhman is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Internal Medicine

Dr. Arnoldas Ceponis, MD, PhD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Arnoldas Ceponis' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). Dr. Ceponis accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended medical school at Kaunas University of Medicine.

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Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 420
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Janet Kim is a physician who specializes in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). Dr. Kim's clinical interests encompass rheumatic diseases. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kim honors. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Kim's residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Arthur F Kavanaugh, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Arthur Kavanaugh is an allergist/immunologist and adult rheumatologist. He is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Kavanaugh is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS).

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Dr. Stacey J Schulman, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Stacey Schulman is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Stacey Schulman works in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Schulman include rheumatic diseases. Dr. Schulman is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Schulman obtained Dr. Schulman's medical school training at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and performed Dr. Schulman's residency at Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix. Dr. Schulman is affiliated with Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley and Scripps Green Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Schulman's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Gary W Williams, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Gary Williams is an adult rheumatology specialist. He attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Williams's areas of expertise include rheumatic diseases. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Williams has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Kenneth Carekin Kalunian, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Kalunian specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. Dr. Kalunian is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). He graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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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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