Dr. Rafael Rivas-Chacon, MD

Dr. Rafael Rivas-Chacon, MD


Rheumatology | Male | 64 years old

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Dr. Rivas-Chacon specializes in Rheumatology and practices in Miami, FL. He practices at 1 location.

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Patient Reviews (8)
Miami |
This has been the worst experience with a doctor I have ever had. Both times I have been in his office, the waiting time has been over 2 hours and a half, spent all day. No apologies or anything for the delay. The doctor is not nice neither his staff. His explanations are very poor. Also, I was incorrectly charged for his visit. Additionally, consideing his office is in a children's hospital they do not have anything to distract them for the waiting time!
in Hallandale Beach, FL |
When other Doctors misdiagnosed me and gave me a limited life span. Dr Rivas Chacon gave me hope and assured be that we will work together until we find a solution. With prayer and medicine we will persevere. When I started seeing Dr Rivas in 2011 I was walking with a cane and had other doctors telling me that they can only give me medications to make me comfy. I would slowly deterroriate then pass away. Doctor Rivas Chacon gave me hope. Today I have gotten my life back. Thanks to God first.
in Miami, FL |
Most of the staff is absolutely rude, especially his wife. Wait time is horrible, it doesn't matter if you go early in the morning, you will be there all day.
in Clewiston FL |
He cares more about the payment for the office visit than the well being of his patients. He completely lied to me about my daughters blood work results just to get us into the office so he could charge for the visit. Not to mention the 2 1/2 hours we writhe to see him. NEVER again!!!
in West Palm Beach, FL |
Saw this guy when I was a child , although he did help me at first ..the guy became rude and impatient . So many other better choices out there don't waist your time with this guy , he is rude and crude
The wait time is 3 hours and another hour or more in the waiting room. He is very rude when explaining my pain he dismissed it. Do not waste your time coming here.
in Naples, Fl |
The office staff was mostly pleasant and professional although we waited two and a half hours to see this Dr. It was my worst experience by far in the medical profession seeking help with my daughter. After thoroughly going over the reason for the visit with his PA, when he comes in the room asks why I am there and that I shouldn't be there. My pediatrician referred us so I am going on advice from medical professionals. extremely disappointed and would never recommend this man to anyone
in Miami,Fl |
He saved my life! I have lupus and he came in and just saved me.
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  •  Specializes in Rheumatology
  •  Board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Internal Medicine
  • Rheumatology

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthropathy Associated With Reiters Disease
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Behçet's Disease
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Fever
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Henoch–Schönlein Purpura (HSP)
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Juvenile Chronic Arthritis
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Limb Swelling
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Muscle Weakness
  • 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
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
  • Polymyositis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Purpura
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Systemic Vasculitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vasculitis


  • Medical School
    University Of El Salvador / Faculty Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1980

  • Internship Hospital
    Mt Carmel Med Ctr

    Completed in 1984

  • Residency Hospital
    Mt Carmel Med Ctr

    Completed in 1986

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Northwestern U/Chldns Meml

    Completed in 1989

    University Of Miami Hospital

    Completed in 1988

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Rheumatology

Procedures Performed

  • Joint Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection