PalmSprings, CA Dr. Needed

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by findmind, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. findmind

    findmind New Member

    Hi all....

    A good friend is relocating to Palm Springs, Calif., and will quickly need a good rheumatologist. She has severe arthritis, with horrific pain and sleep problems.

    She is on private disability, but will need help with documentation in order to apply for SSDI.

    If anyone knows of a supportive rheumy, please let me know; she will be visiting Mon. and Tues. nite as she makes her way to Palm Springs slowly but surely.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

    Love ya muchly,

    ps: edited to say Palm SPRINGS, CA, not Palm Beach, oh, well...
    [This Message was Edited on 12/04/2006]
  2. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    Your friend should have no problem finding a excellent doctor. I would call the hospital physician referral in Palm Springs -

    Palm Springs has a huge retirement population and many excellent doctors.

    With her problems it sounds like any doctor should help her.

    Here is one doctor I found:

    Dr. Maria Greenwald

    Driven by the thrill of scientific research, Dr. Maria Greenwald became a doctor because medicine offered a way to apply cutting-edge ideas to helping people. After 26 years specializing in rheumatology and osteoporosis, the bounty of new treatments — especially in rheumatology — offers continual challenges and hopeful solutions.

    "The rheumatology research community has developed six exciting biologic proteins that naturally occur in the body that you use to treat rheumatoid arthritis," she says. "It is a wonderful time to work in rheumatology. I have one patient who couldn’t dress herself. Now she bowls!"

    Greenwald’s credentials include a medical degree with honors from Yale, an internship and residency at Yale–New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, a fellowship in rheumatology as senior national scholar at UCLA Medical

    Center, and appointment to 14 medical boards. She belongs to seven medical organizations: Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, American College of Rheumatology, American Medical Association, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, Associates of Clinical Pharmacology, OsNet (a nonprofit osteoporosis research net-work), and the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

    Additionally, she is a founder of OsNet, which comprises 22 research centers de-veloping clinical programs nationwide; Osteoporosis Medical Center; International Society of Clinical Densitometry; and the Desert Foundation of Academics, in which students raise money for the Palm Springs Unified School District. She serves on the advisory boards of Annenberg Health Sciences Center, Merck, Procter and Gamble, Genentech, OsNet, and the Desert Foundation of Academics.

    Greenwald has received the Senior Rheumatology Scholar Award from the American Rheumatism Association, bestowed on her as one of the top 10 researchers in the country; the Research Grant for Interleukin-1 Research; two abstract awards from the Southern California Rheumatism Society; a fellowship from the American Rheumatism Society, the Schwartz Award from the American College of Legal Medicine; a Yale International Research Fellowship; and a National Science Foundation grant. She has contributed 36 articles to medical journals and is clinical research director for more than 50 programs.

    Her upcoming projects include speaking at the annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Amsterdam in August and the American College of Rheumatology’s Meet the Professor program about osteoporosis in Washington, D.C., in November. Additionally, she co-chairs a national program providing an update on osteoporosis for the Annenberg Center at Eisenhower Medical Center.

    In her leisure time, Greenwald and her husband Gary, a doctor specializing in lung disease, spend time with their children at track meets, on the soccer field, and visiting new places.

    Maria Greenwald, M.D.
    72855 Fred Waring Drive
    Palm Desert, CA 92260

    (760) 341-9638

    [This Message was Edited on 12/04/2006]
  3. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

  4. findmind

    findmind New Member

    How absolutely sweet of you to give so much valuable information on Dr.Greenwald!

    Thank you so very much...this sounds like a person my friend would like to see as she was dx'd with RA in 1971 and then was told no, it's OA in 1997! She has told me RA can be present but not easily diagnosed, so she really needs a better evaluation.

    She's packing the car to head on out, and I ran upstairs to see if anyone had any info for her, and your "goldmine" was here.

    Again, you wonderful person you, many thanks and much gratitude for this board and you!

  5. Yucca13

    Yucca13 Member

    I have been seeing a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctor in Rancho Mirage (close to Palm Springs) for over a year and a half.

    He is open many treatments and can and will prescribe pain medication if needed.

    I have found him to be of tremendous help and he is also a very nice person (cheery and someone who knows about fibro as he has worked in fibro clinics.)

    His name is Albert Lai, M.D. FAAPMR. His phone number is (760) 341-5550.

    My experience is trying to obtain an appointment with a rheumatologist in the area was disappointing. It might have had something to do with my insurance in some cases, but in others, the doctors were not accepting new patients. The doctor mentioned has a good reputation. My sister-in-law has seen her for years.

  6. findmind

    findmind New Member

    Thank you so much! My friend is on the road, and as soon as I hear from her, I'll give her your doctor's name (well, your sil's dr).

    So kind of you...


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