Dr. Jerald Zakem, MD

Dr. Jerald Zakem, MD

Rheumatology  ·  
Male  ·  
51 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Jerald Zakem, MD is a rheumatology specialist in New Orleans, LA. He specializes in rheumatology.Read his story

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Hwy Fl 5

New Orleans, LA 70121
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Lifecare
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Network
  • Coventry Health Care of Louisiana
  • Employers Health Network
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Galaxy Health Network
  • Health Payors Organization

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Zakem performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 99% of peers
Autoimmune Diseases
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Zakem's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Zakem "Dr. Zaken graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky and earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville. He completed his internship, residency and rheumatology fellowship at the University of South Florida in Tampa. A fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, Dr. Zakem is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and has been on staff at Ochsner since the end of 2000."

1  Specialties

  • Rheumatology

2  Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Rheumatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

81  Conditions Treated

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5  Procedures

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • University Of Louisville School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated
  • University Of South Florida / College Of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • University Of South Florida
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Of South Florida (Tampa)
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Zakem has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Zakem's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Zakem to family and friends
12 total reviews (4 have comments)

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Dr. Zakem's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (4)

I am a physician that has treated Internal medicine and rheumatology patients for 20 years. However, I saw Dr Zakem for a correct diagnosis of an autoimmune disease back many years ago. I always wondered why he was one of the worst medical experiences of my life. After all these years of having...more
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I saw Dr. Zakem for unknown causes for uveitis. He came in asking dozens of questions without the time to listen for the reply . He has no patience for someone who has a hard time explaining symptoms. The end result was that he gave me a muscle relaxer for back pain . He did order many lab tests...more
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I saw Dr Zakem today. He is very knowledgeable and professional. He speaks in a matter-of-fact tone, which I prefer, explaining why my symptoms have to be related to X and not Z. I entered his office with a list of issues and he reviewed them all. Being a healthcare professional myself, I felt that...more
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Dr. Zakem spoke to me in a very rude, unprofessional manner. I drove from out of state to see him for my long-term fibromyalgia pain, degenerative disk disease, and testing for potential autoimmune disease with a referral from my neurologist who has watched the decline in my health over the past...more
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