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Dr. Michael A Friedman 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. Michael A Friedman has the following 9 expertise
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Rheumatic Diseases
- Hip Osteoarthritis
- Knee Osteoarthritis
Dr. Michael A Friedman has 2 board certified specialties
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Dr. Michael A Friedman is Board Certified in 2 specialties
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On the first visit I waited about 5 hours and got out of this office after dark. No testing was done and he didn't even look when I was attempting to show him where my pain was coming from. He asked to see my hands and immediately said that I had osteoarthritis. What 76 year old doesn't have some? He scheduled a follow-up in 6 weeks and upon arrival (I had requested a 10:15 AM appt thinking that if I was one of the first ones to get there I would get away earlier. Upon arrival at 9:40AM, I found the door locked and the first appointment of the morning waiting ahead of me, outside the locked door. About 10 minutes later, here comes an employee dragging up the hallway like she wasn't quite awake yet and said she was sorry she was late. She opened the door and the waiting room quickly began to fill up but I was told that no matter what time the appointment was, he never gets there before 12:00 noon.About 11:55 AM, I heard his voice as he came in. Approximately 2:00PM, his nurse called my name and we went through the same routine and he said the same thing, "Let me see your hands". Still no mention of any test, etc. Again, he said that I have Osteoarthritis and indicated that he would see me again in one year. I am thinking to myself, "Oh, no you won't! I am never coming back to this "office". .Because of the lack of Rheumatologist accepting Medicare, I still have not seen a rheumatologist as all those on staff at the hospital other than this person stated when I called them, that they no longer accepted Medicare. The unorganized, messy description of the office in the other reviews is true and accurate.
I saw this doctor years ago and just came across this profile and it reminded me to leave a review. Although the staff at the time I saw him was very nice and helpful, he was extremely misogynistic, gave me a lecture about my weight and the "epidemic of obesity in this country" every single time I came to his office (although he could stand to lose some himself), diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia, and yet missed the other autoimmune diseases that were brewing which were even more serious. I was not even that overweight but that's all he cared about and he seemed to believe that Fibromyalgia is caused by obesity and if you women would just lose weight you wouldn't have this disease or it would go away. If that were the case then I'm sure we'd have a cure by now, and there are thin women who have it too, so sorry, that theory just doesn't hold water. It seems his personal underlying hatred of and condescension toward women colored his judgment and ability to make good testing and diagnostic decisions, and within 6 months I became so acutely ill I almost died, had to go to the ER multiple times (and yes I ultimately lost tons of weight; too much in fact because I couldn't tolerate food and would throw up everything). Hope he's happy now. I think this man needs to see a psychiatrist. I hope he has by now if he's still working, as this mind-set really interferes with his ability to do his job effectively. I left and went to another Rheumatologist who actually consulted the literature and came up with correct diagnoses which finally got me on the right track and feeling better.
Dr. Friedman is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
Umass Memorial Healthcare
Dr. Michael A Friedman accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
Ambetter Superior Health Plan
- Ambetter Superior Health Plan
- Anthem Blue Open Access POS Alternate Network
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- BCBS GA Blue Choice HMO
- BCBS GA Blue Choice PPO
- BCBS GA Blue Open Access POS
- BCBS GA BlueChoice Option POS
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA LocalPlus
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
Coventry Health Care
- Coventry CoventryOne - GA
- First Health PPO
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
- Humana National POS
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Options PPO
Locations & DirectionsMichael A Quinones MD, 2675 N Decatur Rd Ste 705, Decatur, GA
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