Dr. Paula McMurtry, MD

Rheumatology  |  
Female  |  
Age 55
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Dr. Paula McMurtry, MD
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 Boone Hospital Center.

Plaza Internal Medicine LLC

1705 E Broadway Ste 220

Columbia, MO 65201

Contact Information

(573) 875-6504

Dr. Paula McMurtry, MD

Dr. Paula McMurtry, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • American Enterprise Group
  • American Republic
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HealthLink
  • Humana
  • Medico
  • 3 More

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Dr. McMurtry's Experience

Dr. McMurtry's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Rheumatology
  • Board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Rheumatology

Board Certifications

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

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


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

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Missouri.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Hahnemann School Of Medicine, Allegheny University Of Health Sciences
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • Hahnemann University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Mercy Hospital Pittsburgh
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • St Louis University School Of Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. McMurtry has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. McMurtry's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. McMurtry to family and friends
based on 27 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. McMurtry's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (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 accepts 17 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • American Enterprise Group
  • American Republic
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
    Blue Preferred Plus POS
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • HealthLink
    HealthLink PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Medico
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Thrivent Financial
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. McMurtry has admitting privileges

Boone Hospital Center
1600 E Broadway
Columbia, MO 65201
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