Our board certified rheumatologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases affecting the joints and muscles. We offer today's newest advances in care to help those suffering from chronic and often disabling joint and autoimmune disorders.
While some conditions are easily diagnosed, others require a unique level of expertise to pinpoint the problem. At St. Jude Heritage Medical Group, you'll find a team with experience and clinical insight that is second to none, allowing us to reach the right diagnosis. For many, our skill at accurately diagnosing their condition ends years of frustration and is the first step toward welcome relief and a better quality of life.
Our commitment to providing the finest evidence-based medicine means we are continually applying the latest research and improvements in care, from new infusion therapies to cutting-edge biologics (which "turn off" the inflammatory response and prevent further damage of the joint and surrounding tissues). But our fellowship trained rheumatologists not only apply the newest advances—they help develop them. By participating in some of the most exciting research in the field of rheumatology today, our physicians are involved in developing new therapies to minimize disability and pain.
And because St. Jude Heritage Medical Group includes virtually every specialty, our rheumatologists can involve a wide range of respected experts in your care: from orthopaedic surgeons and pain medicine specialists to endocrinologists and physical therapists. This allows comprehensive care that is not only more convenient but more effective.
Conditions & Treatments
We successfully manage a wide range of conditions, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Polymyalgia rheumatica
- Psoriatic arthritis
At St. Jude Heritage Medical Group, the treatment of rheumatologic disorders is highly individualized: our physicians tailor medications and therapies to fit your needs and lifestyle. Diagnosis and treatment may include:
- Sero-diagnostic studies
- A wide range of infusion therapies
- Bone mineral density (BMD) testing, to diagnose osteoporosis and the risk of fractures
- State-of-the-art imaging capabilities
- Cutting-edge biologics
- Highly individualized drug therapy
- Customized physical and occupational therapy
- Joint and muscle strength training
- Weight management
- Comprehensive patient education
Pain Management Program
St. Jude Heritage Medical Group offers experienced pain medicine physicians who specialize in successfully diagnosing and treating all types of chronic and acute pain—from headaches to joint pain to nerve disorders—allowing patients to regain their independence and quality of life.
Our fellowship trained physicians are experts in pain management, anesthesiology, electrodiagnostic medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation—and offer the most innovative and effective treatments in use today. New advances are allowing our physicians to successfully reduce or eliminate pain that would have been considered untreatable just a few years ago.
Unlike many programs which focus exclusively on medications, our pain medicine physicians provide the entire spectrum of care, from non-invasive options—such as customized physical therapy and nerve blocks—to new minimally invasive interventions that block the transmission of pain signals. For more information call (714) 578-8712.
Innovative Weight Loss Program
We're pleased to introduce a highly effective weight loss program designed to help you lose anywhere from 10 to over 100 pounds. Called Healthy Concepts, this state-of-the-art weight loss system offers a choice of diet options as well as every element needed for success: nutritionally balanced meals, vitamin supplements, coaching, education and if needed, medical supervision by board certified metabolic experts.
Proven to create substantially greater weight loss than standard diets, Healthy Concepts uses nutritionally complete weight loss foods, including shakes, soups, nutrition bars and entrees. Unlike many diets, feeling hungry is not part of the program: instead, you eat the equivalent of five or more great-tasting meals a day.
This revolutionary program—unique in Orange County and Southern California—offers one-on-one education and mentoring to help you develop new lifestyle skills and healthier behaviors. Weekly classes and frequent monitoring offer support and encouragement. For more information, click here.
St. Jude Centers for Rehabilitation and Wellness (CRW)
Because of our exclusive partnership with St. Jude Medical Center, our patients benefit from the entire range of innovative services offered at the St. Jude Centers for Rehabilitation and Wellness. From biofeedback—which teaches patients how to lower their pain and anxiety level—to cutting-edge physical therapy, the CRW offers dozens of services designed to help you live pain-free. For more information call (714) 578-8720.
Sanjay Chabra, D.O.
Andrew Concoff, M.D.
Michael S. Fabricant, M.D.
Jay H. Kim, M.D.
Shirley W. Pang, M.D.
Michael Sugarman, M.D., FACP