As a public service, the Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter, is pleased to make this referral list available to aid persons who wish to seek the assistance of a doctor specializing in the diagnosis or treatment of lupus. The physicians included on this list have advised us that they are licensed physicians under state law and satisfy the criteria listed below, which we have established as a requirement for inclusion on this list.
We are not able to evaluate the professional qualification and competence of individual physicians included on this list. Inclusion of a particular physician on this list should not be interpreted as representation by us concerning that physician's competence or qualifications.
This list only includes specialists in rheumatic diseases, called rheumatologists. Rheumatologists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of more than 100 rheumatic diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. Physicians in this specialty are first board certified (have passed the exam) in such areas as internal medicine or pediatrics and have then completed additional accredited training in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases. Some physicians may also have passed another specialty exam in rheumatology and be board certified in rheumatology or pediatric rheumatology.
Many other types of physicians can diagnose and treat lupus and because lupus can involve many body systems, people with lupus may require the services of several doctors at the same time. These include physicians who are board certified by the designated boards in family practice, internal medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatrists), dermatology, nephrology, cardiology, etc. Physicians who are board certified have passed a special examination in their specialty.
Physicians included on this list have attested that they meet at least one of the following criteria:
1. Board certified in Rheumatology- board certified specialists in Rheumatology have completed training in an accredited program for Rheumatology and passed a special exam.
2. Completed an accredited training program in Rheumatology- physicians who have completed training programs in Rheumatology accredited by certain professional groups may be included on this list.
3. Completed training before certification- some physicians completed training in Rheumatology before certification was available. Physicians in this category have at least five years experience in Rheumatology.
Please click on the name of your county to find a printable list of rheumatologists. All of the following documents are PDFs and require Adobe Acrobat software.
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