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We are not able to evaluate the professional qualification and competence of individual physicians included on these lists. Inclusion of a particular physician should not be interpreted as representation by us concerning that physician's competence or qualifications.
These lists 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 and rheumatoid arthritis. 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, 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:
- Board-certified in rheumatology. Board-certified specialists in rheumatology have completed training in an accredited program for rheumatology and passed a special exam.
- 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.
- 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.