Dr. John Nitsche, MD

RheumatologyMaleAge 72

Dr. John Nitsche, MD is a Rheumatology Specialist in Metairie, LA. Dr. Nitsche has more experience with Osteoporosis & Screening than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with East Jefferson General Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Nitsche to book an appointment.

Dr. Nitsche

Hand Center Of Louisiana

4228 Houma Blvd Ste 600b Metairie, LA 70006
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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  • Explains Conditions Well
    Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth
    This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Nitsche

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Nitsche treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Nitsche treats other conditions, please contact the office at (504) 454-2191.

Osteoporosis & Screening

Osteoporosis specialists diagnose and treat conditions characterized by low bone density and bone weakness, such as osteoporosis and osteopenia.Compare with other Osteoporosis & Screening specialists.

Dr. Nitsche is experienced in the area of Osteoporosis & Screening. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 2 conditions and procedures

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Osteoporosis
Osteopenia
Osteoporosis Screening
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Frequency
High
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Check Dr. Nitsche's experience treating your condition or procedure

Dr. Nitsche's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Neck
  • Behçet's Disease
  • Bone Density Scan
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) Scan
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Felty's Syndrome
  • Fever
  • Gout
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Fluid Test
  • Joint Pain
  • Juvenile Chronic Arthritis
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Limb Swelling
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoporosis Screening
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
  • Polymyositis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Quantitative Sensory Test (QST)
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal
  • Vasculitis
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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(504) 454-2191

Dr. Nitsche accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
Coventry Health Care
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Health Net
Tricare
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Tricare
National Elevator
Tricare
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
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Options PPO

Dr. Nitsche's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Nitsche

4.5

Based on 166 ratings

5 Stars
86.74698795180723%
(144)
4 Stars
1.2048192771084338%
(2)
3 Stars
0.6024096385542169%
(1)
2 Stars
0%
(0)
1 Star
11.44578313253012%
(19)
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What went well
  • Office environment (152)
  • Staff friendliness (147)
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (146)
What could be improved
  • Didn't explain conditions well (19)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (19)
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (19)
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I am happy to share this review, as I have been under Dr. Nitsche's care for almost 5 years. I have always found him to be thorough, skilled and meticulous. He, as well as his staff have consistently been caring and courteous. It is rare to find such competence and compassion in a physician. I would recommend Dr. Nitsche and the entire staff at Hand Center of LA without hesitation.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Wendy Smith – Apr 28, 2021
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Dr. John Nitsche declared that my swollen knees and wrists were a psychosomatic symptom of depression. He took me off of the medications that were keeping the swelling down so I could get rid of my IUD to "work on getting married." Rude staff, ridiculous doctor. Zero out of five, he is a huge waste of time and an insult to the medical profession.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
3 people found this helpful
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Apr 20, 2020
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Dr. Nitsche demonstrates the knowledge and compassion required to effectively treat patients affected with chronic illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis. The time and effort that he gives to each visit is not only impressive, it is comforting and consistently reassuring.
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Rhonda – Jan 23, 2020
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Dr. Nitsche has been by Rheumatologist for several years. He is a caring physician. He spends time with me at every visit to answer my questions and evaluate my problems. My arthritis is doing better under his care.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Apr 09, 2019
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Services were rendered by Dr. Nitche. He was never on time for the appointments and I had to wait sometimes for over an hour. It appeared I was there to service his needs instead of his servicing my medical needs. I had an appointment with him on the day my husband was due to have open hear surgery. After waiting for over an hour to be seen I mention to him about the long waits. I was told if I did not like it I could go see someone else that his time was more important. 30 min wait time laugh.
What went well
  • Office environment
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
4 people found this helpful
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Susan Mazerat in Metairie, LA – Feb 22, 2019
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If Dr Nitsche was rude to you, it’s you! Not him. One of the nicest Dr I have ever met!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Debbie Deal in Destrehan, LA – Feb 20, 2019
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I come from Folsom to Metairie to see Dr. Nitsche. He has taken care of my arthritis for over 5 years and I am feeling better. Very warm and friendly staff.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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R. Young in Folsom, LA – Jan 16, 2019
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Dr. Nitsche has been my Rheumatologist for five years. My arthritis is doing better with treatment he has prescribed. He is kind and always takes the time to talk with me about my problems
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Barbara M. in Metairie, LA – Dec 04, 2018
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IF YOU NEED A GOOD DOCTOR , DR NITSCHE IS THE MAN. HIS YEARS IN PRATICE,HAS GIVEN HIM THE ABILITY AND KNOWLEDGE TO GIVE VERY GOOD ADVICE, AND TREATMENT. I AM SO GLAD DR MORGAN SENT ME TO HIM OVER 15 YEARS AGO. I REALLY DO THINK HE HAS HELP ME STAY AS HEALTH AS I CAN BE WITH MY CONDITIONS
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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DONALD in New Orleans, LA – Sep 10, 2018
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He has helped me with chronic pains for a number of years. He has always taken a great deal of his time to try to help me.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Patricia Herrmann in Metairie – Aug 21, 2018
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THIS DOCTOR IS EXTREMELY RUDE! Beware!!!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
3 people found this helpful
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Holly Jo in COVINGTON, LA – Jul 21, 2018
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The wait time is horrible!! Over 2+ hours He tells me do blood.work every 6 weeks (which I do) and he will gladly go fill my medication for.RA. He says i can't stop the meds or skip a dose but yet I reschedule ONE appointment due to work duties and he would not.fill my meds until I was.seen. Maybe an appointment and of course month and half away. So no meds for my RA for 2 months. I am swelling and in pain.
What went well
  • Office environment
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
3 people found this helpful
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Monique in Belle Chasse, LA – Jul 12, 2018
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Dr. Nitsche has been my rheumatologist for over 10 years. He has always taken the time that is necessary to hear my complaints and help and try to solve my problems.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Lynn in Slidell, LA – Jun 27, 2018
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Dr. Nitsche has been treating me for many years,my arthritis is under control and i would recommend him to family and friends.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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lydia colomb in HOUMA, la – Mar 14, 2018
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Dr. Nitsche took the time to understand the problems I was having and after a few visits found the right combination of medication to ease the pain I was experiencing. I became a patient of Dr. Nitsche based on the recommendation of others, they were so right!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Lawrence Hedrick in Metairie, LA – Jan 24, 2018
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This narcissistic excuse for a doctor must be writing his own praises. Seems to be more concerned with not spending more than the allotted 10 minutes with a patient than actually trying to be of help. Has absolutely no regard or respect for patients time or actual care. Find out for yourself if you must, but I can not recommend, particularly after being abandoned in an exam room for almost 2 hours.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Office environment
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
6 people found this helpful
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David Haydel in LA – Jan 13, 2018
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One of my favorite doctors. He has taken good care of me since 1997.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Pam R. in Metairie, LA – Jan 04, 2018
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My Rheumatologist for 28 years. Always takes his time with me. Has helped me through many problems over the years.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
1 person found this helpful
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Wayne S. in Metairie, LA – Nov 03, 2017
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I never won't to go to this office you wait 2 hours or more to see the doctor. My mother had a stroke and a mini stroke and if that is not stressful enough. If you ask a question you are accused of be defensive and have an attitude and if try to get an answer the staff Julie sticks up for him and your mom can't help so you are left leaving there saying I wish they never have to experience what you are going through. Trying to make sure you have everything right for your love one
What went well
  • Office environment
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
4 people found this helpful
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New Orleans, LA – Oct 04, 2017
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Dr. Nitsche is a good doctor. He is treating me for the arthritis in my right knee with injections of medication. My knees are feeling better and I am no longer using a cane.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Nelson Savoie in Metairie, LA – Aug 05, 2017
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About Me

Care Philosophy

  I  try to evaluate each patient in a kind and compassionate manner.  I spend the appropriate time interviewing and examining...Read more

Biography

   I was born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  I have been married for over 45 years.  I have two adult daughters
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Specialties

  • Rheumatology
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging
  • Immunology
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology

Board Certifications

  • Allergy & Immunology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Rheumatology

Education

1983
Rush University Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
1982
Scripps Clin/R&H Fdn
Fellowship Hospital
1980
Tulane Med Sch
Residency Hospital
1977
Tulane Med Sch
Internship Hospital
1970
Virginia Tech
Undergraduate School
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Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. John Nitsche, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Nitsche has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. John Nitsche, MD accepting new patients?

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Does Dr. John Nitsche, MD accept my insurance?

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What are Dr. John Nitsche, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Nitsche frequently treats Osteoporosis & Screening. See all practice areas where Dr. Nitsche specializes.

Where is Dr. John Nitsche, MD's office located?

Dr. Nitsche's office is located at 4228 Houma Blvd Ste 600b, Metairie, LA 70006. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. John Nitsche, MD speak?

Dr. Nitsche speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

Hand Center Of Louisiana

Metairie Office4228 Houma Blvd Ste 600b Metairie, LA 70006
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Nitsche is affiliated with the following hospital. Select the hospital below to learn more.

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East Jefferson General Hospital

Metairie, LA

72% Patient Experience Rating, 3% higher than the national average

4 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)