We found 6 rheumatologists who accept Humana Platinum near Roswell, GA.

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Dr. Xena Antoinette Whittier, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3747 Roswell Road Ne; Suite 205
Marietta, GA

Dr. Xena Whittier's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Before performing her residency at Ochsner Medical Center, Dr. Whittier attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

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Dr. Michael Lance Smitherman, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1305 Hembree Road; Suite 101
Roswell, GA

Dr. Michael Smitherman is a Roswell, GA physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: fibromyalgia, lupus, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Smitherman is affiliated with WellStar North Fulton Hospital. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Clinical interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Inflammation, Vasculitis, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Ciela E Lopez Armstrong, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1300 Upper Hembree Road; Building 100 Suite A
Roswell, GA

Dr. Ciela Lopez-Armstrong is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Roswell, GA and Johns Creek, GA. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Lopez-Armstrong is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Lopez-Armstrong attended medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Lopez-Armstrong is professionally affiliated with Emory Healthcare and WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
11685 Alpharetta Highway; Suite 120
Roswell, GA

Dr. Jatin Patel is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He attended M.P. Shah Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Jersey Shore University Medical Center for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Patel average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel's professional affiliations include Emory Healthcare and WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4260 Green Ridge Drive
Marietta, GA

Dr. David Zelman is an adult rheumatology specialist in Tucker, GA and Marietta, GA. Before performing his residency at Rhode Island Hospital, Dr. Zelman attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Elaine S Ramsay, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
1255 Johnson Ferry Road; Suite 2
Marietta, GA

Dr. Elaine Ramsay is a pediatric rheumatologist. She honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is affiliated with Children's Physician Group and The Children's Care Network.

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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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