Dr. John Nitsche, MD

Rheumatology •  Male • Age 71
  
Dr. Nitsche
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Telehealth services available

Arthritis & Immunology Associates

4228 Houma Blvd Ste 600 Metairie, LA 70006

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(504) 454-2191

Dr. John Nitsche, MD is a Rheumatology Specialist in Metairie, LA. Dr. Nitsche has more experience with Osteoporosis and Arthritis and Arthropathy 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.


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Practice Areas

Osteoporosis

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

Typically treats 75% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 2 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Osteopenia
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nitsche treats Osteopenia more than 91% of their peers

Dr. Nitsche treats this condition more than 91% of their peers

Osteoporosis
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normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nitsche treats Osteoporosis more than 59% of their peers

Dr. Nitsche treats this condition more than 59% of their peers

Arthritis and Arthropathy

Arthritis and arthropathy specialists diagnose and treat diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis that damage joints, causing pain, stiffness and swelling.Compare with other Arthritis and Arthropathy specialists.

Typically treats 72% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 9 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Osteoarthritis of Hands
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nitsche treats Osteoarthritis of Hands more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Nitsche treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

Arthritis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nitsche treats Arthritis more than 96% of their peers

Dr. Nitsche treats this condition more than 96% of their peers

Osteoarthritis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Nitsche treats Osteoarthritis more than 92% of their peers

Dr. Nitsche treats this condition more than 92% of their peers

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Dr. Nitsche's conditions and procedures:

  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Eosinophilia
  • Fever
  • Foot Conditions
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • 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
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
  • Polymyositis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Skin Infections
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Trigger Finger
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!!
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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Patricia Herrmann in Metairie – Aug 21, 2018
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THIS DOCTOR IS EXTREMELY RUDE! Beware!!!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Nelson Savoie in Metairie, LA – Aug 05, 2017
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Dr. Nitsche has evaluated and treated the arthritis in my knees. The injection of Supartz into each of my knees under the guide of ultrasound has been wonderful and has given me my life back.
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Carol N. in Pontchatoula, LA – Jul 04, 2017
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About Me

  I  try to evaluate each patient in a kind and compassionate manner.  I spend the appropriate time interviewing and examining each patient.  I then may order appropriate laboratory and radiology studies to help sec...Read more

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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  • Does Dr. Nitsche offer telehealth services or virtual visits?

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  • Does Dr. Nitsche offer an online patient portal?

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  • Does Dr. Nitsche have free onsite parking?

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  • Does Dr. Nitsche offer weekend visits?

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Locations

Arthritis & Immunology Associates

Hand Center of Louisiana4228 Houma Blvd Ste 600 Metairie, LA 70006
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East Jefferson General Hospital

Metairie, LA

71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019, 2018)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2018)