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We are Central Florida’s only academic rheumatologists, and we proudly specialize in tertiary referrals. Our esteemed faculty conducts research in various autoimmune diseases and is honored to teach the next generation of rheumatologists. 

Our Orlando rheumatologist specialists at UCF Health are highly experienced in diagnosing, treating and managing patients with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases affecting the joints, muscles, bones and internal organs.

We see patients with a number of common inflammatory arthritis conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis. We also see patients with connective tissue diseases, including lupus, Sjörgen’s syndrome and myositis.

Our rheumatologists’ experience and expertise enable us to provide intra-articular injections to relieve pain for patients in the comfort of our clinic.

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We are committed to providing compassionate care in rheumatology for Central Florida and surrounding communities. Our patients’ comfort, health and well-being are of the utmost importance to us. 

Our rheumatology specialists have a deep understanding for the symptoms associated with autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammatory diseases, and they are known for going the extra mile to serve patients with empathy and compassion.

It’s our goal to provide you with the personal attention, solutions and education that help to improve your quality of life for years to come.

Rheumatology Services We Offer

Intra-articular Injections

For our patients’ convenience, we provide intra-articular injections to treat inflammatory joint conditions in our clinic. This treatment is injected directly into the affected joint to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and improve physical function. 

There are different types of intra-articular injections, including corticosteroids, hyaluronic acid, BOTOX® and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Depending on the severity and symptoms of the patient’s condition, we will determine which type of injection will provide the most effective and alleviating treatment.

Inflammatory Arthritis Conditions

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in hands and feet, and can cause bone and joint deformity. This painful disorder can affect more than the joints; it often affects the lungs, skin, eyes, blood vessels and heart. A person with RA may experience painful swelling, joint tenderness, joint redness and fatigue.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a form of inflammatory arthritis that often affects people who have the skin condition psoriasis. This condition commonly manifests after psoriasis of the skin develops. Many people who have psoriatic arthritis experience joint stiffness in the morning, along with regular joint pain and swelling of the fingers and toes. 

Diseases of the connective tissues

Lupus

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own organs and tissues. A systemic autoimmune disease, lupus affects the joints, blood cells, and major organs, including the heart, skin, kidneys, brain and lungs. A person with lupus may experience joint pain, fatigue, fevers and rashes. These symptoms can flare up at times, but we can provide treatments to manage flare-ups and mitigate symptoms. 

Sjögren’s Syndrome

Sjögren’s syndrome, similar to lupus, is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack its own cells, tissues and organs. This disease often exists with other disorders, like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Because Sjögren’s syndrome leads the body to attack the glands that produce tears and saliva, this syndrome causes dry eyes, dry mouth and difficulty swallowing.   

Myositis

Myositis is a disease that causes chronic inflammation in the muscles. This disease is often caused by autoimmune disorders, injuries and infections. A person with myositis may experience symptoms such as muscle weakness when standing, walking or exerting energy, chronic pain and swelling. Myositis can affect anyone, but this disease tends to affect women more than men. By conducting a series of tests, including blood tests, MRI scans and muscle biopsies, our Orlando rheumatologists can diagnose myositis.

Our Rheumatology Doctors

Dr. Shazia Bég is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.  She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the joints, muscles and… Read More
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Urdu
Dr. Neha Bhanusali is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. Her areas of specialization include inflammatory arthritis, lupus, osteoarthritis, advanced biologic therapies and osteoporosis…. Read More
Dr. Maria Farooq is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and rheumatology. She is trained and certified in performing musculoskeletal ultrasounds and ultrasound-guided injections to… Read More
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu
Dr. Hina Tareen is board certified in Internal Medicine with fellowship training in Rheumatology.  She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the… Read More

Our Rheumatology Fellows

Rheumatology fellows are board certified internal medicine physicians who are pursuing advanced training to specialize in rheumatology.

  • Dr. Marilyn Mosquera
  • Dr. Taylor Kann
  • Dr. Ravi Shahu Khal
  • Dr. Kathlyn Camargo

Practicing Location

    UCF Health is located in first-floor Suite 160 & third-floor Suite 360

    UCF Health Lake Nona

    Address

    9975 Tavistock Lakes Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827

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    Hours

    Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (First & Third Floors)

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    If you have a medical emergency, call 911.

Our Top Reviews

  • Aurora Ramirez9/02/2021

    I am so happy to have found Dr. Farooq. After years of being in pain she was thoughtful enough to... read more

  • Mahoma Sosa6/21/2021

    I think she's the best!! I drive almost 2hrs to see her and I would not change her.

  • May de Sanctis6/17/2021

    I have been seeing Dr. Beg for more than 10 years. She has been the best rheumatologist I have had... read more

  • luz celis4/21/2021

    I was worried before I attended my first appointment, but I have to say the level of care I received... read more

  • Nathan Winchester2/10/2021

    I have only met with Dr. Farooq one time, but she and her staff were impressive. I had a... read more

    UCF Health is located in first-floor Suite 160 & third-floor Suite 360

    UCF Health Lake Nona

    Address

    9975 Tavistock Lakes Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827

    View on Google Maps

    Phone Number

    Hours

    Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (First & Third Floors)

    Location Information

     

    If you have a medical emergency, call 911.