Dr. John Nitsche, MD


Rheumatology | Male

Dr. John Nitsche, MD

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I have been married for over 45 years. I have two adult daughters I was educated at Virginia Tech, Hahnemann Medical College, Tulane Medical Center, Scripps Clinic, and Rush Medical Center. I have been practicing medicine in Louisiana for over 30 years.

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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 secure the diagnosis. Then I take the necessary time to explain my findings to the patient in an understanding fashion. Together we reach a goal for a treatment plan.

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Hand Center of Louisiana4228 Houma Blvd Ste 600
Metairie, LA 70006
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(504) 454-2191Get Directions

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Patient Comments (17)
in Pontchatoula, LA |
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.
in Mandeville, LA |
Dr. Nitsche is a good Rheumatologist. He spends a lot of time with his patients and this might cause him to run late at times. However, he has always taken the time to listen me and helped me to solve my problems. He has been my doctor since 2010.
in Metairie, LA |
Dr. Nitsche has treated me for the last 12 years with kindness and concern. I have appreciated his care over the years.
in Metairie, LA |
I have been seeing Dr. Nitsche for the last three years for treatment of osteoarthritis in the knee. I do not want surgery on my knee. I am presently taking anti-coagulants and was fearful of injection therapy. Dr. Nitsche has treated my left knee with viscosupplement (rooster-comb) injections on several occasions without pain or bleeding problems. My pains are better
in Metairie, LA |
Dr. Nitsche has been my Rheumatologist for 17 years. He has carefully managed my arthritis during this period of time and I have been in remission for a number of years. He always takes the time necessary to evaluate my problems.
in Laplace, LA |
Dr. Nitsche has been my rheumatologist for eight years. He has helped me with my musculoskeletal problems. He is kind and has a sense of humor. His support staff is always helpful.
in jefferson la |
Had an attack over Christmas Holiday and called his office Ms Julie call back ,which i did not expect. Got me in on Dr Nitche's first day back. My shoulder felt so bad it felt like it was sinking in !!!! By the time i left his office the was no pain at all. Dr. Nitche is so professional and his staff is so sufficient they had everything ready for me to pass thru his office in a very organized way. I would not give him up for nothing. I highly recommend his office to all.
in Jefferson, LA |
I have been Dr Nitsche's patient for three years. He is friendly and compassionate. He always takes his time with me. I would recommend him as a Rheumatologist.
in New Orleans, LA |
I recently went to see Dr. Nitsche with a very complex problem. He was very patient with me and thorough with my evaluation. He helped me solve the problem and I am feeling much better now.
in kenner, la |
Dr Nitsche is so caring, thoughtful and helpful. I would highly recommended anyone to him. He takes his time with you, questions you about how you are. I have arthritis in my knee and have seen several orthopedic doctors with no real relief. Dr George recommended me to see him and I am so happy that I did. He suggested the gel injections into my knee but with the use of ultrasound so he could get in the joint. Not one of the orthopedic doctors ever did this. I totally trust him!
in New Orleans, LA |
I have had two office visits with Dr. Nitsche. However, he has consistently displayed qualities that I value in a doctor. His integrity, which is first and foremost, bedside manner, patience, compassion, communication skills, and overall knowledge in the medical are exceptional. If you're looking for an outstanding doctor, look no farther.
in metairie, la 70005 |
Great experience. I have been seeing Dr. Nitsche for about 10 years. I would not go to anyone else and wish he were a GP.
in Metairie, LA |
He has been my Rheumatologist since 2003. He is treating me for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis and I am doing well.
in Metairie, LA |
He has helped me with the osteoarthritis. He designed an exercise program that was helpful. He has treated my knee with local injections of Supartz, and used ultrasound guidance for the series of injections so that pain was minimized. I wish he could be my doctor for everything.
in Marrero, LA |
Dr. Nitsche has helped me with the arthritis in my knees with injection therapy using ultrasound guidance.
in Metairie, LA |
I just start it seeing him and, so far not happy at all.
in Metairie, LA |
Dr. Nitsche has taken excellent care of me for years. I have seen him since 2000. My Rheumtoid Arthritis is doing much better with his recommended treatment.
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Dr. Nitsche says...

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

   I was educated at Virginia Tech, Hahnemann Medical College, Tulane Medical Center, Scripps Clinic, and Rush Medical Center.

   I have been practicing medicine in Louisiana for over 30 years.

Dr. Nitsche's Care Philosophy

  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 secure the diagnosis.  Then I take the necessary time to explain my findings to the patient in an understanding fashion.  Together we reach a goal for a treatment plan.

Dr. Nitsche says...

   I am a board certified Rheumatologist and Immunologist who is also certified in Internal medicine.  I diagnose treat musculoskeletal problems from the perspective of a medical doctor. I see patients with acute and chronic pain and swelling of the joints and pains through muscles of the limbs.   I also evaluate and treat patients with neck  and low back pains.  As a Rheumatologist I also see patients with systemic autoimmune condition which are commonly referred to as rheumatic diseases.

   I have also developed an expertise in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound.  I am certified musculoskeletal sonographer.  My practice is the only one in the sate of Louisiana which is accredited by the American Institute in Medicine.  I use ultrasound to help diagnose and treat arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis.  I perform injections under ultrasound guidance which guides the needle and is less painful for the patient.

Dr. Nitsche's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Rheumatology
  •  Board certified in Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine and Rheumatology
  •  Malpractice claims in Louisiana not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Allergy & Immunology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Rheumatology

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Neck Pain
  • 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
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Skin Infections
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vasculitis


  • Medical School
    Hahnemann University

    Graduated in 1977

  • Internship Hospital
    Tulane Med School

    Completed in 1977

  • Residency Hospital
    Tulane Med School

    Completed in 1980

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Rush Med Coll-St Lukes Presby

    Completed in 1983

    Scripps Clin/R&H Fdn

    Completed in 1982

  • Undergraduate School
    Virginia Tech

    Graduated in 1970

  • Other Education
    American Institute Of Ultrasound In Medicine-Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Accreditiation

    Completed in 2015

    Rmsk Credentials By Ardms

    Completed in 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English

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

Procedures Performed

  • Arthrocentesis
  • Joint Drainage
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal
  • Ultrasound-Guided Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate