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Dr. James H Esther has the following 2 specialties
A rheumatologist is a physician who has received extensive training in diagnosing and treating rheumatic conditions. Rheumatic conditions involve the joints, soft tissues, autoimmune system, vascular system, and connective tissues.
Some of the conditions that rheumatologists treat are rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, sarcoidosis, vasculitis, and lupus. These are all conditions that involve a lot of pain and make mobility difficult. Rheumatologists use medications, such as analgesics, NSAIDs, steroids, DMARDs, infliximab, and adalimumab, as well as occupational therapy, in order to decrease pain and improve a patient's quality of life.
- Internal Medicine
An internist is a physician who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic.
These doctors are often who adults see as their primary physicians because they treat a broad range of illnesses that do not require surgical or specialist interventions. They also work to help a patient maintain optimal health in order to prevent the onset of disease.
In addition to treating the common cold and flu, internists also treat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Dr. James H Esther has the following 8 expertise
- Hip Osteoarthritis
- Knee Osteoarthritis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Rheumatic Diseases
Dr. James H Esther has 2 board certified specialties
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Dr. James H Esther is Board Certified in 2 specialties
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I've seen Dr. Esther for several years for PA and also use him as my primary care. I often challenge him on alternatives and he's very flexible (different experience than other commenter). He does do referrals to specialists a lot and likes to run tests (and in one case for me it was a test I thought wasn't needed and glad he did it). He's very friendly, likes to tell stories, and unlike other commenter I'm not offended by his "God bless" remarks - I think he's genuine. He always seemed to be up on the latest options for treatment and didn't treat me like a fool for asking about nutritional/alternative options for care.
I am a 67 year old female who has been under Dr. Esther's care for roughly 30 years. I am probably the world's most critical person when it comes to evaluating a doctor. I question everything. As for my rating of Dr. Esther, he is without a doubt the best physician I have been treated by in my entire life. He is thorough, answers all my questions, runs annual routine tests to verify that nothing has changed regarding vitals. His staff promptly lets me know the results of any tests run and what the doctor recommends my follow-up should be (if any). He has been spot on in identifying issues. If you are looking for a doctor who will take your health seriously and not medically underservice you, Dr. Esther should be your doctor of choice.
Don't EVER disagree with him, he's not fond of patients that are their own advocate. He forgot my medical history every time I saw him, even with the chart in front of his face and when he's the one that referred or ordered. He acts like he cares and "God Bless's" you at the end of your appt but he might as well leave the God out since he has quite the God complex. He loves to refer you to specialists for every little thing and the referrals are always his good ol' boys network of Doctors (middle aged men)that are just as ignorant and self absorbed as he is. The only major positive was the thorough testing and lab work he will order. Patient beware, I wish someone would have warned me!
Dr James Esther has been my Lupus doctor for 20 years. He is now my primary. Dr Esther is very knowledgeable and thorough. I have never not had him take all the time necessary to consult me when I am ill, no matter how busy he is. I strongly recommend anyone in need of a rheum, to seek out Dr. Esther. I wish there was even higher rating to describe him. His staff is also top rated.
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2018)
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.
Patients' Choice Award (2018)
Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
42 Years Experience
Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1976
University Of North Carolina Health System
Dr. James H Esther accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
- Anthem Blue Access PPO
- Anthem Blue Preferred HMO
- Anthem Blue Preferred Plus POS
- Anthem MO Blue Preferred Options
- Anthem MO Direct Access w/HSA
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- BCBS IL PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
Coventry Health Care
- Coventry KS PPO
- Coventry MO HMO POS
- Coventry MO PPO
- Coventry OA EPO Exchange - KS/MO
- CoventryOne PPO Network
- HealthLink PPO
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
Locations & DirectionsChesterfield Internal Medicine And Rheumatology Llc, 226 S Woods Mill Rd Ste 43, Chesterfield, MO
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