We found 41 providers with an interest in arthritis and who accept First Health PPO near Houston, TX.

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Dr Alice Amah Ajim MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
2101 Crawford; Suite 210
Houston, TX

Dr. Alice Ajim practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. She attended medical school at the University of Lagos College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ajim include warts, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and menopause. Dr. Ajim's patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ajim accepts. In addition to English, Dr. Ajim (or staff) speaks Spanish and Yoruba. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, and CHI St. Luke's Health - Patients Medical Center. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Psychiatry, Hy ... (Read more)

Luis G Granier MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Internal Medicine
Average rating 3.37 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Luis Granier's specialties are general practice and general internal medicine. Dr. Granier's areas of expertise include prostate problems, warts, and thyroid problems. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and CHI St. Luke's Health. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Bursitis, Sarcoido ... (Read more)

Dr Rafiq Qasam Ali DC MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Chiropractic
Average rating 4.89 stars out of 5 (332 ratings)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Rafiq Ali is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in family medicine and chiropractic. Dr. Ali's areas of expertise include the following: warts, thyroid problems, and depression. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Ali is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Sports Health, Gyn ... (Read more)

Julie Yogesh Patel MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology, Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Julie Patel is an adult allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology specialist. These areas are among Dr. Patel's clinical interests: raynaud's, osteoporosis, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Patel's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Patel include: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and CHI St. Luke's Health. Dr. Patel is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

All Interests: Polymyositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hives, Angioedema, Arthritis, Hay Fever, Raynaud's

Dr Richard Alan Rubin MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 4.65 stars out of 5 (313 ratings)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Richard Rubin, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He is rated highly by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: raynaud's, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rubin accepts. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Rubin's professional affiliations include CHI St. Luke's Health and Houston Methodist Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Arthritis, Lupus, Raynaud's

Dr Ronnie Gentry MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.91 stars out of 5 (533 ratings)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Ronnie Gentry works as a general internist in Houston, TX. Dr. Gentry's areas of expertise include diabetes, sinusitis (sinus infection), and thyroid problems. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The average patient rating for Dr. Gentry is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gentry accepts. Dr. Gentry has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Arthritis, Sinusitis, High Cholesterol, Thyroid Problems, He ... (Read more)

Dr John Alton Posey Jr PHD MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Internal Medicine
Average rating 1.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. John Posey works as a general practitioner and internist. His areas of expertise include diabetes, pap test, and hypotension (low blood pressure). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Workers' Compensation. Dr. Posey studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Posey is affiliated with Houston Methodist and CHI St. Luke's Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Hypertension, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Diabetes, Arthritis, High Cholesterol, Asth ... (Read more)

Dr Rajnikant Kushwaha MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
One Baylor Plaza; Room 286a
Houston, TX

Dr. Rajnikant Kushwaha works as an internist. Dr. Kushwaha (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and hypotension (low blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, CHI St. Luke's Health, and The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Kushwaha completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, Headache, Hy ... (Read more)

Naureen Alim MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Naureen Alim is an allergist/immunologist and rheumatologist. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Alim's areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Alim has received the following distinctions: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Alim (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi. She is affiliated with Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and Houston Methodist Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hives, Arthritis, Sinusitis, Hay Fever, Lu ... (Read more)

Mrs Hema C Patel MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
18400 Katy Freeway; Suite 600, Medical Office Building 1
Houston, TX

Dr. Hema Patel's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include warts, thyroid problems, and moles. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel takes. She obtained her medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Patel is conversant in Gujarati. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Patel's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Amenorrhea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cervical Dysplasia, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Scoliosis, Er ... (Read more)

Stanley Jay Zimmerman MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, General Internal Medicine
Average rating 3.26 stars out of 5 (13 ratings)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Stanley Zimmerman specializes in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism and general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zimmerman include thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and anemia. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Zimmerman performed his residency at Memorial Hermann. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and CHI St. Luke's Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Neck Pain, Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Arthritis, Back Pain, Heart Failure, Thyroid Prob ... (Read more)

Eric Jay Mueller MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.86 stars out of 5 (516 ratings)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Eric Mueller's specialty is general internal medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Mueller is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Mueller include thyroid problems, depression, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Dr. Mueller is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mueller studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Obesity, Arthritis, High Cholesterol, Heart Fail ... (Read more)

Dr Sippi Kaur Khurana MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6624 Fannin Street; Suite 1410
Houston, TX

Dr. Sippi Khurana is an adult rheumatology specialist in Houston, TX. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. Dr. Khurana honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khurana has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and CHI St. Luke's Health. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

All Interests: Polymyositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Angioedema, Arthritis, Spirometry, Si ... (Read more)

Dr Sheena Stubbers MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.86 stars out of 5 (449 ratings)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Sheena Stubbers' medical specialty is general internal medicine. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Stubbers's areas of expertise include the following: prostate problems, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and menopause. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Stubbers's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Prostate Problems, Depression, Musculoskeletal Pain, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypertension, Gastrointes ... (Read more)

Martha Frances Gerteisen MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
Average rating 4.93 stars out of 5 (832 ratings)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Martha Gerteisen practices general internal medicine and general pediatrics in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. Her areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), thyroid problems, and heart problems. Dr. Gerteisen is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Gerteisen takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Arthritis

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Primary Care, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, Physical Exams, Diabetes ... (Read more)

Dr Agha Sahir Saleem MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1919 North Loop West Suite; 410
Houston, TX

Dr. A. Saleem is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, depression, and adolescent issues. Dr. Saleem takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Saleem is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Sleep Disorders, Incontinence, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarc ... (Read more)

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