Dr. Karen Kolba, MD

Dr. Karen Kolba, MD

Rheumatology  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 66
Dr. Karen Kolba, MD is a rheumatology specialist in Santa Maria, CA and has been practicing for 35 years. She graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin in 1977 and specializes in rheumatology.

607 Plaza Dr Ste A

Santa Maria, CA 93454

Contact Information

(805) 925-8899

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Health Net of California
  • Humana
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • WellPoint

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
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more than 99% of peers
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more than 99% of peers
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more than 99% of peers

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1  Specialties

  • Rheumatology

2  Board Certifications

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

60  Conditions Treated

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3  Procedures

  • Joint Drainage
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

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0 Sanctions

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  • Medical College of Wisconsin
    Medical School | Graduated 1977
  • Akron Genl Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1978
  • Akron Genl Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1981
  • University Ariz
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1983

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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What People Say About Dr. Karen Kolba, MD
Dr. Kolba is, without a doubt, the best doctor I have ever had. She spends time with her patients, and you never feel rushed. She explains your condition thoroughly, recommends treatment, and does appropriate follow-up. I highly recommend her!
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Claudia in Nipomo, CA – Jul 10, 2017
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Actually said "your pain is not my problem." Literally yelled at me and then refused to give me a referral for physical therapy until I "lost some weight." (I'm 5'8" and 185lbs. not that it matters) I've never had a doctor bring me to tears before. Made me feel like my life had no hope. Luckily I...Read More
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