We found 6 rheumatologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas near Galveston, TX.

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Dr. Rashmi Manjunath Maganti, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Rashmi Maganti specializes in adult rheumatology. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Maganti graduated from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. For her residency, Dr. Maganti trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Maganti takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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Dr. Raymond M Pertusi, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
400 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Raymond Pertusi works as an adult rheumatologist in Galveston, TX and League City, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Pertusi is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pertusi accepts. He attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark.

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Dr. Vijaya Laxmi Murthy, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
400 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Vijaya Murthy's specialty is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). She is affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health). Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Murthy attended JSS Medical College, Mysore for medical school. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold.

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Dr. Binh Yen Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Binh Nguyen is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Nguyen obtained his medical school training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC) and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
301 University Boulevard; Route 0565
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Emilio Gonzalez is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gonzalez accepts. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX
 

Dr. Rex McCallum specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. McCallum takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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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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