Dr. Rania Shammas, MD

RheumatologyFemaleAge 43

Dr. Rania Shammas, MD is a Rheumatology Specialist in Burbank, CA and has over 17 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Columbia University / College of Physicians And Surgeons medical school in 2005. She is affiliated with medical facilities PIH Health Whittier Hospital and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is accepting new patients and has indicated that she accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Shammas to book an appointment.

Dr. Shammas

UCLA Health

2625 W Alameda Ave Ste 322 Burbank, CA 91505
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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Dr. Shammas' Top Procedures and Conditions

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Raynaud's Disease
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Shammas treats Raynaud's Disease more than 98% of her peers

Dr. Shammas treats this condition more than 98% of her peers

Arthritis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Shammas treats Arthritis more than 97% of her peers

Dr. Shammas treats this condition more than 97% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acute Gout
  • Allergic Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Ankle
  • Arthritis of the Finger
  • Arthritis of the Foot
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Midfoot
  • Arthritis of the Neck
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Arthritis of the Toe
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Crystalline Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Infectious Arthritis
  • Juvenile Gout
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Finger Joint
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteoarthritis of Toe
  • Osteoarthritis of Wrist
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Seronegative Arthritis
  • Spondylarthritis
  • Wear & Tear Arthritis
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Fibromyalgia
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high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Shammas treats Fibromyalgia more than 94% of her peers

Dr. Shammas treats this condition more than 94% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Deposition Disease-Related Fibromyalgia
  • Epstein Barr Virus-Related Fibromyalgia
  • Major Depressive Disorder-Related Fibromyalgia
  • Primary Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis-Related Fibromyalgia
  • Secondary Fibromyalgia
  • Sleep Disturbance-Related Fibromyalgia
  • Tension Myositis-Related Fibromyalgia
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Dr. Shammas' conditions and procedures:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Amyloidosis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Arthritis
  • Behçet's Disease
  • Bone Density Scan
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) Scan
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Fluid Test
  • Joint Pain
  • Juvenile Chronic Arthritis
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Limb Swelling
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Lyme Disease
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Musculoskeletal Function Test
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • 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
  • Osteoporosis Screening
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
  • Polymyositis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Quantitative Sensory Test (QST)
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Stiff-Man Syndrome
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal
  • Vasculitis
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wegener's Granulomatosis

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(818) 843-9020

Dr. Shammas accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Select-CA HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Select (PERS Select Providers)-CA PPO
Select PPO (Select Network)-CA PPO
Select-CA PPO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Vivity-CA HMO
Anthem Blue Cross
Power Select HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CaliforniaCare HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select Plus HMO
Select PPO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Basic Exclusive PPO for Small Business
Basic PPO
Local Access Plus HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Caremore Medical Group
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Health Net
Blue & Gold HMO
Employer Group HMO
Health Net PPO
Individual and Family PPO
WholeCare Network HMO
Medicaid
Omni
Omni IPA
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
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Dr. Shammas' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Shammas

4.2

Based on 13 ratings

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
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Well intentioned, but will not provide options for treatment unless you as the patient advocate for yourself for treatment. She prescribed a medication for one symptom without telling me of her hope for it to improve another. Given that the other symptom didn't improve it was incredibly unprofessional for her to have made the assumption, let alone not inform me of this as part of the prescription. Secondly, she did not follow-up after ordering extensive lab work until the next appointment that was three weeks later. For both appointments Dr. Shammas did not manage her time well and was over 30-45 minutes late for the following appointments with other patients. She is a good person, but a terrible doctor in her ability to unpack the best answer for the complexity of rheumatology and her patients' needs. Given the cost to see a specialist she is not worth the investment of time nor money.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Jul 10, 2021
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Great doctor. Very knowledgable, empathetic, warm & available. 5 stars!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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sima battaglia – Mar 29, 2021
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Dr. Shammas listens, cares, and works with you to find the treatment that will most improve your quality of life. I am beyound grateful to have her as my doctor.
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Apr 24, 2019
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I was very happy being a patient of Dr. Shammas. She is so friendly and caring. She always takes the time to explain things and always seems on top of my case. She seems to be very knowledgeable and is always on top of what tests I need.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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SASmith in San Leandro, CA – Sep 22, 2018
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Dr. Shammas put me on Humira. I began having chest problems. My primary diagnosed me with pneumonia. I had a followup with Dr. Shammas, but the day of the appointment the office called and said she was too busy to see me. I made two subsequent appointments. Both times when I got there I was told Dr. Shammas was too busy to see me that day. I ended up in the hospital twice with 105 degree temperature, pneumonia and sepsis infection. I have had to seek another rheumatologist. Stay away from UCLA.
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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BURBANK, CA – Sep 14, 2018
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Dr. Shammas is a caring and highly skilled physician. She is a great listener which can not be understated when dealing with compound and complex autoimmune issues. Her treatment has made an incredible difference in quality of life for me. You will be very glad you chose her. She is now at UCLA Burbank.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Vernette Hansen in Hesperia – Apr 28, 2018
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This is the best doctor anyone could have! She's caring and listens and takes great care of her patients..She is soooo Missed in San Leandro. The doctor that took her place just can't cut it
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Jan 17, 2018
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She is simply one of the most extraordinary doctors I have ever worked with. And 'WORK WITH' is the operative term. She listens carefully, suggests treatments that work for health and lifestyle, cares sincerely about her patients and is totally professional.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Dianne Vanderlip in Los Angeles, CA – Jan 05, 2018
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Dr. Shammas is warm, caring, and very concerned that you get the care that you need. She confirmed my "intuition" within 5 min. of my visit after several doctors and even family members began doubting me. We drove all the way from Florida just to get somebody who knows about complex autoimmune disease to listen to me and it was well worth it. Her follow up care in the transition home has been amazing as well. I would highly recommend Dr. Shammas. She collaborates WITH me, not AT me. :)
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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NPmadness in Melbourne Beach, FL – Jan 03, 2017
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A truly appalling experience of patient neglect. The only thing this doctor did successfully was to order tests. Find a professional who follows up when your blood work gets in or your MRI is completed to go over the underlying issues of your illness. Dr. Shammas charged $660 for a 15 minute visit and never called to go over my diagnosis or test results. One of which was an important indicator that I need treatment immediately. If your health is a concern - go to someone else.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
3 people found this helpful
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Tara in Los Angeles, CA – Dec 06, 2016
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Dr. Shamas took extra time and extraordinary efforts to help diagnose my Lupus related issues that other doctors found challenging. She is very warm and cares about her patients. I will travel from the Bay Area to Southern Ca to be treated by her.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
9 people found this helpful
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cheryl ward in oakland, ca – May 20, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Rania Shammas, MD is a Rheumatology Specialist in Burbank, CA and has over 17 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Columbia...Read more

Specialties

  • Rheumatology
  • Internal Medicine

Board Certifications

Education

2010
University of California At Los Angeles
Fellowship Hospital
2008
Albert Einstein College Med
Residency Hospital
2005
Columbia University / College of Physicians And Surgeons
Medical School
2001
University of California At Los Angeles
Undergraduate School
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Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

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What are Dr. Rania Shammas, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Shammas frequently treats Raynaud's Disease, Arthritis, and Fibromyalgia. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Shammas treats.

Where is Dr. Rania Shammas, MD's office located?

Dr. Shammas' office is located at 2625 W Alameda Ave Ste 322, Burbank, CA 91505. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

UCLA Health

UCLA Health2625 W Alameda Ave Ste 322 Burbank, CA 91505
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    • Sat: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    • Sun: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Practice

Gilbert N. Ross M.d. Inc.2625 W Alameda Ave Ste 518 Burbank, CA 91505
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Shammas is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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PIH Health Whittier Hospital

Whittier, CA

81% Patient Experience Rating, 12% higher than the national average

15 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Los Angeles, CA

82% Patient Experience Rating, 13% higher than the national average

29 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)