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10 Best Rheumatologists in NYC Who Accept Medicaid

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Our clients who enroll in the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) know that they need to be on medicaid in order to qualify for the program. 

In order to help you make a more informed decision regarding your health, we put together this guide of the 10 Best Rheumatologists in NYC Who Accept Medicaid

 

(Below is a list of doctors with different specialties who accept Medicaid)

NYC OBGYNs who accept Medicaid 

NYC Endocrinologists who accept Medicaid 

NYC Psychiatrists who accept Medicaid

NYC Urologists who accept Medicaid

NYC Pain Management Drs who accept Medicaid

NYC Neurologists who accept Medicaid

NYC Dentist who accept Medicaid

NYC Podiatrists who accept Medicaid

NYC Gastroenterologists who accept Medicaid

NYC Cardiologists who accept Medicaid

NYC ENTs who accept Medicaid


Introduction

Rheumatologists are physicians who treat illnesses, disorders, and issues having to do with joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones. They also diagnose these disorders and may prescribe medication when necessary. There are a few different subspecialties of rheumatology, including pediatric rheumatology and chronic pain specializations, but in general, most rheumatologists treat the following disorders (among others):

 

●       Inflammatory arthritis

●       Bursitis

●       Tendinitis

●       Rheumatoid arthritis

●       Osteoporosis

●       Systemic lupus erythematosus

●       Scleroderma

●       Ankylosing spondylitis

●       Gout

●       Reiter’s syndrome

 

This list of the best Medicaid-network rheumatologists in New York City will help you find a physician that can help you with your specific situation.

 

1) Stephen A. Smiles, MD (5.0 stars)

Dr. Stephen Smiles is a Clinical Associate Professor at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and an on-staff rheumatologist at the NYU Langone hospitals. He has been practicing rheumatology in New York for 48 years and is currently one of the most experienced and knowledgeable practitioners in the area when it comes to diagnosing and treating arthritis, arthropathy, and autoimmune diseases. He is board certified in both rheumatology and internal medicine and has the following education background:

 

●       Graduated with his medical degree from SUNY Buffalo in 1973

●       Completed an internship at the NYU Medical Center, Bellevue in 1974

●       Completed his first residency in internal medicine at the NYU Medical Center in 1977

●       Attended a fellowship in rheumatology at the NYU Medical Center in 1979

 

Dr. Smiles is an on-staff rheumatologist at the Tisch Hospital and the NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital in addition to conducting private telehealth appointments when applicable. Patients say that he is highly attentive and that he has a warm, caring manner. They appreciate that he is always willing to patiently answer their questions, no matter how many questions they have to ask him. Dr. Smiles treats the following disorders on a regular basis:

 

●       Arthritis

●       Osteoporosis

●       Lupus/SLE

●       Gout

●       Scleroderma

●       Low bone mass

●       Bone and joint infections

●       Total joint implant complications

 

Dr. Smiles may be contacted at the following address:

 

Stephen Smiles, MD - NYU Langone Orthopedic Center

333 East 38th Street

4th Floor

New York, NY 10016

(646) 501-7400

 

2) Margrit Wiesendanger, MD, PhD (5.0 stars)

Dr. Margrit Wiesendanger is a New York rheumatologist with over 20 years of experience in her field. She is an Associate Professor of medicine and rheumatology at Mount Sinai Hospital as well as an on-staff rheumatologist and internal medicine doctor at the same institution. Dr. Wiesendanger is active in the medical research community and has a particular focus researching autoimmunity, lupus nephritis, T cells, immunosuppression, and inflammation. This doctor is board certified to practice both rheumatology and internal medicine and has an impressive educational background:

 

●       Graduated in 2000 with a dual MD-PhD with a focus in immunology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine

●       Completed a residency in internal medicine in 2002 at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia Campus

●       Completed her rheumatology fellowship in 2008 at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia Campus

 

Dr. Wiesendanger treats patients both in person and online and speaks English, French, and Spanish. Her patients say that she listens carefully and comes up with effective treatment plans that take the concerns and needs of each individual patient into account. She is a patient, open-minded doctor who considers all aspects of an issue before deciding on treatment with the patient. Dr. Wiesendanger specializes in the treatment of the following rheumatological disorders (among others):

 

●       Inflammation

●       Ankylosing spondylitis

●       Arthritis

●       Polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis

●       Sarcoidosis

●       Lupus

●       Gout and pseudogout

●       Joint pain

●       Behcet’s disease

●       Dermatomyositis

●       Sarcoidosis

 

Dr. Wiesendanger may be contacted at the address below:

 

Margrit Wiesendanger, MD - Mount Sinai Hospital

17 E. 102nd Street

2nd Floor

New York, NY 10029

(212) 241-1671

 

3) Jose Uriel Scher, MD (5.0 stars)

Dr. Jose Scher has 21 years of experience in the field of rheumatology and has participated in many clinical research projects since the start of his career. He has a particular interest and expertise in arthritis of all kinds (including rheumatoid, psoriatic, and spondyloarthritis), microbiota, and antirheumatic agents. In addition to his hands-on work with patients, Dr. Scher is an associate professor at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and the director of the NYU Langone Arthritis Clinic, the MiCRA, and the Psoriatic Arthritis Center.

 

Dr. Scher was educated at the following institutions:

 

●       Graduated with his medical degree in 2000 from the Universidad Maimonides in Buenos Aires, Argentina

●       Completed his first residency in internal medicine in 2007 at the New York University

●       Completed his fellowship in rheumatology in 2009 at the New York University

 

Dr. Scher’s patients say that he has a great deal of knowledge and that he takes the time necessary to understand all aspects of a patient's health situation. As a member of the FDA Arthritis Advisory Committee, he is able to suggest nutritional changes to his patients that can help them overcome their rheumatological issues. He may conduct appointments with patients in either English or Spanish. Dr. Scher provides care of the following rheumatological disorders:

 

●       Spondyloarthritis

●       Rheumatoid arthritis

●       Psoriasis

●       Psoriatic arthritis

●       Bone and joint infection

●       Osteoarthritis

●       Fibromyalgia

 

Dr. Scher may be contacted at the following address and phone number:

 

Jose U. Scher, MD - NYU Langone Orthopedic Center

333 E. 38th Street

4th Floor

New York, NY 10016

(646) 501-7400

 

4) Irina Abramova, DO (5.0 stars)

Dr. Irina Abramova is an osteopathic doctor practicing rheumatology in New York who accepts Medicaid insurance. She has been in practice for over 9 years and is currently a rheumatologist at the New York-Presbyterian Medical Group in Queens. Dr. Abramova provides care for a range of disorders and ailments and is particularly proficient in glucocorticoid injections and intra-articular injections. During her studies she concentrated on cardiomyopathy in Sjӧrgen’s syndrome and molecular genetic analysis for periodic fever syndromes.

 

She received her education and training at the following institutions:

 

●       Graduated with her medical degree in 2012 from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

●       Completed her residency at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Queens where she was chief resident during her final year

●       Attended a fellowship in rheumatology at the SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital

 

Dr. Abramova can provide care in English, Farsi, or Russian and is available for both in-person and telehealth appointments. Her patients say that she takes the time to explain procedures, disorders, and treatment methods using clear, “plain” English. She is professional and compassionate. Dr. Abramova provides osteopathic care of the following disorders and rheumatological issues in her practice:

 

●       Rheumatoid arthritis

●       Psoriatic arthritis

●       Fibromyalgia

●       Vasculitis

●       Sjӧrgen’s syndrome

●       Gout

●       Dermatomyositis

●       Scleroderma

●       Osteoporosis

 

Dr. Abramova may be contacted at the address below:

 

Irina Abramova, DO

112-05 Queens Boulevard

Suite A

Forest Hills, NY 11375

(718) 767-0255

 

5) Olga Petryna, MD, FACR (4.6 stars)

Dr. Olga Petryna has over 17 years of experience in the field of rheumatology and was even named a “Rising Star in Rheumatology” by the New York Times Magazine in 2013 and 2014. She is a clinical instructor at the NYU School of Medicine in addition to being a practicing physician. Dr. Petryna is board certified in rheumatology and internal medicine and has special expertise in immunologic treatments and therapeutics for auto-immune and auto-inflammatory diseases.

 

Dr. Petryna’s educational background is outlined below:

 

●       Received her medical degree in 2004 from the Ivano-Frankivsk Medical University in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine

●       Completed a residency in internal medicine at the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in 2011

●       Attended a fellowship in rheumatology in 2013 at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

 

Dr. Petryna’s patients say she is professional and kind-hearted and that she listens carefully to all their questions and concerns. She has access to some of the newest and most innovative medical technologies and utilizes it in clever, effective ways. She may conduct appointments in English, Ukrainian, or Russian and thus caters to a large community in New York.

 

Dr. Petryna offers treatment of the following rheumatological disorders:

 

●       Adult onset Still’s disease

●       Arthritis

●       Antiphospholipid syndrome

●       Bursitis

●       Behcet’s disease

●       Joint disorders

●       Lupus

●       Musculoskeletal pain

●       Scleroderma

●       Vasculitis

●       Tendinitis

●       Sarcoidosis

 

Dr. Petryna may be contacted at the address below:

 

Olga Petryna, MD - ACWS NYU Langone

355 W. 52nd Street

8th Floor

New York, NY 10016

(646) 754-2100

 

6) Michael Naarendorp, MD (4.5 stars)

Dr. Michael Naarendorp has over 36 years of experience as a rheumatologist and internal medicine specialist. He operates his own private practice, Harlem Rheumatology, and he is affiliated with the Mount Sinai Hospitals. At his private practice, this doctor conducts diagnostic evaluations, rheumatological treatments, and follow-up meetings.

 

Dr.Naarendorp is board certified in both rheumatology and internal medicine and has the following educational experience:

 

●       Received a Masters in Business Administration from New York University

●       Graduated with a medical degree in 1985 from the Anton de Kom Universitat van Suriname Medical School

●       Completed two residencies in internal medicine, one at the North General Hospital in New York and another at the Academic Hospital Paramaribo in Suriname

●       Attended a fellowship in rheumatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

 

Dr. Naarendorp’s patients say that he and his staff are welcoming and polite. He provides his patients with fast results and attentive services and can conduct appointments in English, Dutch, Spanish, or French. Dr. Naarendorp is dedicated to providing accurate diagnoses and effective treatments to his patients, with whom he aims to develop a partnership oriented toward health throughout life.

 

Dr. Naarendorp’s clinic in Harlem can provide the following rheumatological treatments:

 

●       Arthritis

●       Back pain

●       Rheumatoid arthritis

●       Tendinitis

●       Lupus

●       Gout

●       Osteoarthritis

●       Joint pain

●       Sjӧrgen’s syndrome

 

Dr. Naarendorp’s private clinic information is listed below:

 

Harlem Rheumatology, LLC

51 Saint Nicholas Avenue, #1

New York, NY 10026

(212) 360-5752

 

7) Jonathan Samuels, MD (4.4 stars)

Dr. Jonathan Samuels is the co-director of the Joint Preservation and Arthritis Center at NYU Langone as well as an associate professor at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He provides medical care in rheumatology to patients at the NYU Langone Orthopedic Center and has a particular focus in researching osteoarthritis, articular cartilage, knee pain and disorders, and familial Mediterranean fever.

 

Dr. Samuels has been practicing for 22 years and his educational background includes:

 

●       Graduated with his medical degree in 1999 from Cornell University

●       Completed his residency in internal medicine in 2002 at the Case Western Reserve University in Ohio

●       Completed his fellowship in rheumatology in 2006 at the Weill Cornell Medical Center

 

Dr. Samuels’ patients say that he is committed to finding the correct diagnosis and then devising effective treatment methods that align with the patient’s lifestyle. He is friendly with an excellent bedside manner and patients say they enjoy their visits to his office. Dr. Samuels focuses on the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knees and hands, but he also provides care for the disorders listed below:

 

●       Gout

●       Lupus

●       Psoriatic arthritis

●       Scleroderma

●       Dermatomyositis

●       TNF receptor-associated periodic fever syndrome

●       Rheumatoid arthritis

●       Familial Mediterranean fever

●       Osteoarthritis

●       Sicca syndrome

●       Ankylosing spondylitis

 

Dr. Samuels may be contacted at the following address:

 

Jonathan Samuels, MD - NYU Langone Orthopedic Center

333 E. 38th Street

4th Floor

New York, NY 10016

(646) 501-7400

 

8) Lauren E. Wong, MD (4.3 stars)

Dr. Lauren Wong is a clinical assistant professor at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and has been practicing rheumatology for 13 years. She practices rheumatology at NYU Langone Hospital as well as at Weill Cornell Medicine at Brooklyn Heights. Dr. Wong has authored multiple articles and textbook chapters related to various areas of rheumatology and has diverse experience treating an array of rheumatological disorders.

 

Dr. Wong’s attended the following institutions of higher education:

 

●       Received her medical degree in 2008 from the Rutgers University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey

●       Completed her residency in internal medicine in 2011 at the Yale-New Haven Medical Center

●       Completed her fellowship in rheumatology in 2014 at the Hospital for Special Surgery


Dr. Wong’s patients experience minimal wait times and high-quality care that demonstrates her commitment to her patients’ health and well-being. She is known for her commitment to her patients and dedication to finding the perfect treatment method for their situation. Her patients also appreciate her detailed, clarifying explanations.

 

Dr. Wong provides treatment for the following disorders (among others) in her practice:

 

●       Lupus

●       Shoulder pain

●       Uveitis

●       Osteoporosis

●       Sjӧrgen’s syndrome

●       Gout

●       Mixed connective tissue disease

●       Fibromyalgia

●       Ankylosing spondylitis

●       Inflammation of the skeletal muscle

●       Inflammatory myopathies

 

Dr. Wong may be contacted at the address and phone number listed below:

 

Lauren Wong, MD - NYU Langone Health

186 Joralemon Street

8th Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11201

 

9) Ariel Teitel, MD (3.2 stars)

Dr. Ariel Teitel is a New York rheumatologist with 33 years of experience and board certifications in both rheumatology and internal medicine. He runs his own private practice, Difficult Diagnosis, as well as being a part of the medical team at 14 Street Medical Arts. He is a clinical associate professor of rheumatology at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

 

Dr. Teitel’s educational experience is listed below:

 

●       Graduated with his medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. in 1988

●       Completed his residency in internal medicine at the Washington Hospital Center in 1988

●       Completed his rheumatology fellowship in 1992 at the Hospital for Special Surgery

 

Dr. Teitel can conduct appointments in English, French, or Spanish according to the needs of his patients. Patient reviewers say that his wait times are short and that he was able to correctly diagnose issues that other prior physicians had trouble diagnosing before. One disadvantage of treatment with Dr. Teitel that some patients have noted is that the laboratory is not in-office but rather two blocks away.

 

Dr. Teitel works with the following disorders at his clinic:

 

●       Gout

●       Antiphospholipid syndrome

●       Osteoarthritis of the shoulder

●       Spinal arthritis

●       Back pain

●       Sicca syndrome

●       Lupus

●       Connective tissue disease

●       Metabolic bone disease

●       Rheumatoid arthritis

●       Immunologic diseases

 

Dr. Teitel’s private practice address and contact information is below:

 

Difficult Diagnosis

333 W. 57th Street

Suite 104

New York, NY 10019

(212) 221-7971

doctorateitel@gmail.com

 

10) Priya Choskhi, MD (3.0 stars)

Dr. Priya Choskhi is an assistant professor of medicine and rheumatology at Mount Sinai and has been practicing rheumatology for 8 years. She practices at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Morningside, and Mount Sinai West. Dr. Chokshi is board certified in rheumatology and internal medicine and is a member of the American College of Rheumatology.

 

Dr. Choskhi’s educational background is as follows:

 

●       Graduated with her medical degree from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 2013

●       Completed her residency in internal medicine in 2016 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center

●       Completed her fellowship in rheumatology at the NYU Winthrop University Hospital

 

Dr. Chokshi’s patients say that she is thorough and patient during assessments and that she is careful and precise when deciding on procedures and treatment plans. Her patients say that her office is clean and not crowded during visits. Dr. Chokshi is available for in-person and telehealth consultations and can treat the following rheumatological issues:

 

●       Arthritis

●       Back pain

●       Fibromyalgia

●       Gout

●       Scleroderma

●       Vasculitis

●       Muscle pain

●       Rheumatoid arthritis

●       Kawasaki disease

●       Connective tissue and soft tissue diseases

 

Dr. Chokshi may be contacted at the address listed below:

 

Priya Chokshi, MD - Mount Sinai

425 W. 59th Street

9th Floor, Suite 9B

New York, NY 10019

(212) 241-1671