We found 7 rheumatologists who accept Humana Platinum 500/Tampa Bay HUMx near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr. Adam Michael Rosen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Adam Rosen is a rheumatologist. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rosen include back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, Dr. Rosen completed his residency training at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners.

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Clinical interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Esther Jimenez-Encarnacion is an adult rheumatology specialist. She studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Jimenez-Encarnacion has received professional recognition including the following: Fellow of the year, University of Puerto Rico and Scholarly Productivity Award, VA Caribbean Healthcare System. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Dr. Antony G Sankoorikal, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2655 State Road 580; Suite 201
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Antony Sankoorikal's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He is especially interested in fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. Dr. Sankoorikal's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Sankoorikal graduated from Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Sankoorikal trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Malayalam. Dr. Sankoorikal is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Clinical interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Eugenia R Rullan-Bidot, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Eugenia Rullanbidot is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Clearwater, FL. She is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rullanbidot include back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. Dr. Rullanbidot is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners. Dr. Rullanbidot attended medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. She trained at Monmouth Medical Center for her residency. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Dr. Robert William Levin, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
646 Virginia Street; 4th Floor
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Robert Levin specializes in adult rheumatology. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Levin's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, sciatica, and joint injections. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital. Dr. Levin takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University.

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Clinical interests: Elbow Problems, Neck Problems, Sciatica, Spinal Stenosis, Lyme Disease, Back Pain, Rheumatic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Mary Youngblood is a rheumatologist. She is professionally affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic. She attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Youngblood's medical residency was performed at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2025 Indian Rocks Road S
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Gina Raptoulis specializes in adult rheumatology. She is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Raptoulis is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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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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