How to Choose a San Diego Rheumatologist

sandiego-rheumatologistArthritis affects nearly 37% of the American population, and the best way to get care for aching joints and sore ligaments is to see a rheumatologist. However, it can be challenging to find the right San Diego rheumatologist or even to know what you’re looking for.

Here are three things to consider as you contact rheumatologists in the San Diego area. When you find these attributes, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. You deserve the best when it comes to managing your pain and keeping your mobility strong throughout your life.

Find a Rheumatologist With Strong Experience

One of the things about joint paint that makes it so frustrating is that it can be difficult to diagnose and treat. It’s not an open-and-shut textbook case, especially when you’re dealing with arthritis, fibromyalgia, sciatica, or another similar condition.

It’s important to find a San Diego rheumatologist that has experience working with patients over a number of years. That kind of specialist will be able to combine book smarts with common sense and what they’ve seen in the past to get you the best available treatment options.

Look for a Listening Ear

When you’re dealing with complex bone, joint, and tendon systems, everything in your body can impact how another part of your body feels. 

You want to find a rheumatologist that doesn’t make you feel rushed in and out of your appointments. They should listen to the details of what you’re going through because in those details they could discover the clue to an effective treatment.

Feeling comfortable with your rheumatologist is also important because you’ll need to share a lot of details with them about your physical condition. You need to feel like you can talk about how your medication and treatment are going and any concerns that you have.

Our team is compassionate and ready to help you with all of your rheumatology concerns. Our doctors are highly qualified and also have personal pursuits, whether that’s spending time with family, jet skiing, or birdwatching. You can see either a male or female rheumatologist in our clinic, whichever makes you feel most comfortable.

They Are Happy to Explain Everything

As a patient, rheumatology can be intimidating. You know that you hurt, but understanding all of the systems that play into that pain and limited mobility can be challenging. It’s hard to speak up in a doctor’s office if your rheumatologist is abrupt or overbearing.

As a result, it’s vital to look for a rheumatologist that takes the time to carefully explain everything, from test results to recommended medications. Being able to ask questions between appointments is also helpful.

At Southland Arthritis, not only do our clinicians take the time to go over your care program and results, but we also have a patient portal that makes it easy to see test results, ask questions, and view upcoming appointments. We proudly focus on making the patient experience as easy and, yes, painless as possible!

Make an Appointment With a San Diego Rheumatologist Today

If you’re looking for a San Diego rheumatologist, Southland Arthritis is here to help. We have a number of clinicians and they all have knowledge and experience that you can trust. We’re excited to help you address your medical needs, reduce pain, and improve mobility.

Contact us for an appointment today!


Dr. Amit Sureen

Dr. Amit Sureen earned a B.S. from UC Irvine, followed by a M.S. and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sureen completed his Internal Medicine residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, and his Rheumatology Fellowship at the University of Missouri.  

Dr. Sureen’s approach to treating rheumatic diseases involves actively listening to patients to understand their needs, providing education, and using evidence-based medicine to achieve the best possible outcomes. He believes that each patient’s experience and needs are unique, and creates individualized treatment plans to meet each patient’s specific health goals. Dr. Sureen feels privileged to build lasting relationships with his patients and genuinely enjoys providing for their care and comfort. 

Dr. Sureen specializes in treatment of Arthritis, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Scleroderma, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Inflammatory Myopathies, and Vasculitis.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, hiking, exercising and traveling. He genuinely cares about the well-being of his patients and is proud to be a part of the Southland Arthritis team. 

Dr. Marc Phillpotts

Dr. Marc Phillpotts

Dr. Marc Phillpotts is a board certified physician in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr. Phillpotts earned his medical degree at The University of the West Indies in Jamaica. He moved to Washington, DC where he completed Residency training in Internal Medicine at Howard University Hospital, then Fellowship training at the George Washington University. He has held an academic position as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the GW SMHS. He is a member of several professional societies including the American Medical Association, International Society of Clinical Densitometry and American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Phillpotts has expertise in musculoskeletal ultrasound and bone densitometry. In his spare time, Dr. Phillpotts enjoys running, swimming and tennis.