Dr. Raul Varela, MD

Dr. Raul Varela, MD

Rheumatology  |  
Male  |  
Age 74
(14)
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Raul Varela, MD is a rheumatology doctor who practices in Lake Charles, LA. He is 74 years old and has been practicing for 45 years. Dr. Varela is affiliated with CHRISTUS Saint Patrick Hospital, Beauregard Memorial Hospital, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital and Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.

501 Doctor Michael Debakey Dr

Lake Charles, LA 70601

Contact Information

(337) 433-8400

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Sjögren's Syndrome
very high
more than 99% of peers
Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Fibromyalgia
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Specialties

  • Rheumatology
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Board Certifications

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

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Classic Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Gout
  • 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
  • Lyme Disease
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • 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
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vascular Disease

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Procedures

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

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Louisiana.

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.

Education

  • Universidad De Panama, Facultad De Medicina
    Medical School | Graduated 1972
  • Tulane University Touro Infirm
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1974
  • Lsu Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1979
  • Tulane University Touro Infirm
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1977

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Varela has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Varela's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Varela to family and friends
4.4
based on 14 total reviews (1 with a comment)
Dr. Varela's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    31 to 45 minutes
Patient Comments (1)
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The first visit was 5 hrs long. Did a ton of labs, x-rays. 2nd visit was 5 hours long. He did the exact same exam. I can't understand him and he must not be able to understand me because he kept asking the same questions over and over. He told me I had had an epidural. I explained that I certainly never had. He insisted that I did because it was in my chart. He also said I had had cortisone injections in my joints. I never have. I don't know whose info was in my chart. Never again!
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Varela accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Varela has admitting privileges

Beauregard Memorial Hospital
600 S Pine St
Deridder, LA 70634
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CHRISTUS Saint Patrick Hospital
524 Doctor Michael Debakey Dr
Lake Charles, LA 70601
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Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
1701 Oak Park Blvd
Lake Charles, LA 70601
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West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital
701 Cypress St
Sulphur, LA 70663
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