Dr. Paula McMurtry, MD
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Dr. Paula McMurtry, MD


Rheumatology | Female

Plaza Internal Medicine LLC 1705 E Broadway Ste 220 Columbia, MO 65201 Get Directions


Dr. Paula McMurtry, MD is a rheumatology doctor who practices in Columbia, MO. She is 55 years old and has been practicing for 28 years. Dr. McMurtry is affiliated with Samaritan Hospital, Moberly Regional Medical Center and Boone Hospital Center.

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Patient Reviews (6)
in Novinger, MO |
I have been seeing Dr. Paula since 2008 and I couldn't ask for a better Rhumatoligist! The staff is awesome and so is she. She takes her time and is happy to address any questions you have!
Imperial, MO |
I met Dr. McMurtry and staff today. The office was upbeat and cheery! I found Dr. McMurtry to be very much a "People's Doctor". She was through and extremely accommodating to my schedule.
Columbia, MO |
NO system in place to notify her that CRITICAL prescriptions are near expiration! You find out by playing phone tag with insurance and pharmacy. Have not ordered X ray in 6 years since diagnosing my Ankylosing Spondylitis. Has NO concept of pain management! Wants to give as little as possible until you feel like a junkie calling to beg for a higher dosage or more potent drug. Her hours are stupid and she gives NO NOTICE when taking extended break. While your prescription runs out you're screwed
in Columbia, MO |
I always enjoy my visits with Dr. McMurtry. I guess since I work for a physician, I understand how being a pain in the rear doesn't work for any physician and some people just expect above and beyond always. You go in there for your need whether it be refills or whatever and get that taken care of and then that is it. You don't need to what if this and what if that like a doctor can look into your future. If anyone has a problem with her or her staff, then they are the problem.
in Columbia MO |
Perception was patient and condition were greatest source of amusement for Doctor that day. To begin with stood waiting several minutes while uncaring, undisciplined, lounging staff and a child visitor discussed the snack they were having and then the refreshment choice for the afternoon. Even though I was only patient in office when taken to exam room, nurse reacted like she could not get away from me fast enough. Doctor spent more time out of exam room than in.
in Marceline, MO |
For my condition, Dr. McMurtry is not being aggressive in treatments. She does not have a plan ready when current medication doesn't work. Gives little to no advice on exercises, foods, or methods to ease pain. She is very detached from me as a patient. Difficult to get in touch with office concerning need for medication advice or changes. She sets return visits for 3-4 months when there is a NEED to be seen sooner to assess how well medication is /is not working.
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Dr. McMurtry's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Rheumatology
  •  Board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology
  •  Malpractice claims in Missouri not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Internal Medicine
  • Rheumatology

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Limb Swelling
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
  • Polymyositis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vascular Disease


  • Medical School
    Hahnemann School Of Medicine, Allegheny University Of Health Sciences

    Graduated in 1989

  • Residency Hospital
    Hahnemann University Hospital
    Mercy Hospital Pittsburgh
    St Louis University School Of Med

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Rheumatology

Procedures Performed

  • Joint Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate