Dr. Russell B. Branum, MD

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Dr. Russell B. Branum, MD

Rheumatology | Male

Ft Smith Rheumatology 1501 S Waldron Rd Ste 202, Fort Smith, AR 72903 Get Directions
(479) 755-6900

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Dr. Branum specializes in Rheumatology and practices in Fort Smith, AR. He practices at 1 location.

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2.4
based on 20 total surveys (3 with reviews)
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Experience with Dr. Branum
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  • How well provider explains medical condition(s)
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  • How well provider listens and answers questions
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  • Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
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Dr. Branum's Office & Staff
  • Ease of scheduling urgent appointments
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  • Office environment, cleanliness, comfort, etc.
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  • Staff friendliness and courteousness
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  • Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
    16 – 30 minutes (15)
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in Fort Smith, AR |
Asking patients to pay a down payment, that my insurance, (fed bc/bs) is not going to cover, implying the patient is there to support med addiction, and may or may not be responsible enough to show up to the appointment... I was treated as if I was drug addicted trailer trash. You are a dr, you need patients to keep your business, don't allow yourself or your beauty school dropout receptionists to treat people as such! This dr and his staff are unbelievable and should get over themselves!!
in Fort Smith, Ar |
I saw Dr Branum for 10 years, did not have a problem with him until the last 2 years. He wasn't interested in trying any new therapy. Just prescribed more pain pills. His office staff was rude. Canceled appointments and then wouldn't re-schedule. He seemed concerned when I complained but I found out when I changed doctors, I was labeled as a trouble maker in my chart.
Fort Smith, AR |
I would not recommend this doctor. I only saw him a few times and each visit he barely looked at me, hardly listened to what i had to say. He appeared more interested in impressing the medical students shadowing him and telling them my issues before he allowed me to express all my complaints. Not very personable and appears to have an arrogant demeanor about him.
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Specialties

  • Rheumatology

Board Certifications

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  • Internal Medicine
  • Rheumatology

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck 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
  • 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
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
  • Polymyositis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Rheumatic Diseases
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Systemic Vasculitis
  • Takayasu's Arteritis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vasculitis
  • Wegener's Granulomatosis

Procedures Performed

  • Arthrocentesis
  • Bone Density Scan
  • Bursa Injection
  • Injection Therapy
  • IV Therapy
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Injection
  • Joint X-Ray
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

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    Malpractice Claims not available

    Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Arkansas.

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  • 0
    Sanctions

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  • 0
    Board Actions

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Education

  • Medical School
    David Geffen School Of Medicine At UCLA, University Of California, Los Angeles

    Graduated in 1988

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Co School Of Med

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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  • Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Branum'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
  • Malpractice claims in Arkansas not available
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Branum's Office & Staff

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Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
31 – 45 minutes

Experience with Dr. Branum

Level of trust in provider's decisions
How well provider explains medical condition(s)
How well provider listens and answers questions
Spends appropriate amount of time with patients