We found 8 rheumatologists who accept BlueOptions near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Abie Nellatt Samuel, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
620 10th Street North; Suite 2e
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Abie Samuel's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Samuel is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Dr. Julio A Gonzalez-Paoli, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Julio Gonzalez-Paoli, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Gonzalez-Paoli speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. He attended Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for 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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Dr. Sonialy Lugo Ruiz, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
620 10th Street N.
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sonialy Lugo Ruiz is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Lugo Ruiz graduated from Ibero-American University (UNIBE). For her professional training, Dr. Lugo Ruiz completed a residency program at Morristown Memorial Hospital. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Lugo Ruiz's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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Dr. Sreelatha G Tirupathi, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3301 66th Street N; Suite A
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sreelatha Tirupathi's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tirupathi include women's health issues. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Government Medical College, she performed her residency at Hurley Medical Center. Dr. Tirupathi is conversant in Telugu. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Clinical interests: Women's Health Issues

Dr. Robert Warren Nickeson, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Rheumatology
601 5th Street S, Suite 504; Department 6580070420
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Nickeson practices rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. He is affiliated with All Children's Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Nickeson attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Nickeson's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Arnaldo Torres, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Arnaldo Torres, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Torres is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Torres's areas of expertise include back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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Clinical interests: Fibromyalgia, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Back Pain, Osteoporosis, Joint Injections

Dr. Laisa Margarita Santiago Ramos, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
601 5th Street S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Laisa Santiago works as a pediatric rheumatologist. She is affiliated with All Children's Hospital. She is a graduate of Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Santiago trained at Miami Children's Hospital for residency. She accepts 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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Dr. Fellipe Mendes Xavier De Oliveira, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Fellipe Oliveira's specialties are geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Oliveira (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Oliveira is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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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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