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Having grown up in a family of physicians, Dr. Baker provides traditional one-on-one care with the benefits of modern technology. Always the advocate, Dr. Baker guides her patients through the diagnostic and treatment process to determine the best...

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that primarily affects the spine, causing the joints to fuse together. In severe cases, ankylosing spondylitis can cause the spine to fuse in a bent position, resulting in chronic pain and a hunched posture....

Arthritis

Susan A Baker, MD, FACR is an expert rheumatologist and doctor of internal medicine in Los Angeles specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue. Dr. Baker has devoted her practice...

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is immune reaction triggered by consuming gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye products. For individuals with celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an immune system response in the small intestine, causing inflammation. Such...

Chronic Back Pain

Chronic pain is different from acute pain in that it continues even after the initial injury or disease has healed. With chronic back pain, pain signals can remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months and even years. For this reason, chronic...

Contact Rheumatologist Doctor Los Angeles | Susan Baker MD

Susan A. Baker MD Specializing in treating adults & adolescents with arthritis & diseases of the musculoskeletal system & connective tissue.(310) 274–7770Directions We are located on Bedford Drive between S...

Densitometry Bone Scan

A bone densitometry – also known as a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) – is a type of test done to assess the strength of the bones and the likelihood of fracture in those at risk for osteopenia and osteoporosis . Osteopenia is the condition in ...

Dermatomyositis

Dermatomyositis is a muscle disease that involves muscle weakness, inflammation, and skin rash. Unlike other inflammatory diseases which primarily affect certain age groups and demographics, dermatomyositis can affect people of any age and both genders....

Dr. Baker Bio

Susan A. Baker, MD, FACR, is a renowned rheumatologist currently healing patients with both rare and common diseases related to connective tissue from her private practice in Beverly Hills. Dr. Baker understands that the process of treating arthritis...

Electrocardiography Heart Health Los Angeles | Susan BakerMD

Susan A. Baker MD Specializing in treating adults & adolescents with arthritis & diseases of the musculoskeletal system & connective tissue.(310) 274–7770EKG (Electrocardiography) Electrocardiography, also k...

Facilities

Susan A. Baker, MD, FACR, is a Board-certified rheumatologist an internal medicine specialist currently treating patients with a wide variety of conditions in the greater Los Angeles area. Dr. Baker is able to provide a comprehensive set of both diagnostic...

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia refers to a chronic disorder that is characterized by widespread pain, diffuse tenderness, fatigue, and a number of other symptoms. Although fibromyalgia is considered an arthritis-related condition, it is not technically a form of arthritis....

Forms

Patient History Click the link below to download a copy of our NEW PATIENT form. You may fax them to our office at (310) 274–7775 before your scheduled appointment or bring them with you on the day of your appointment.​ Downloadable Form (click her...

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a rheumatologist?A: A rheumatologist, also known as an internal medicine specialist , or internist, is a doctor specializing in the treatment and management of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases in both children and adults....

Gout and Pseudogout

Gout and pseudogout are two forms of arthritis affecting many patients in the Los Angeles area. With very similar symptom presentation, gout and pseudogout are often treated through the same measures. These two forms of arthritis have symptoms of swelling...

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism, or an under active thyroid, is a condition in which the thyroid fails to produce enough essential hormones. Hypothyroidism has little to no symptoms in the beginning stages, but, if left untreated, the condition can cause a number of health...

Inflammatory Bowel Arthritis

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term used to describe a group of disorders which affect the digestive tract. The condition is caused by the body’s own immune system attacking itself, causing inflammation, intestinal damage, and abdominal pain. T...

Infusion Services

Infusion therapy refers to a type of treatment or therapy in which medicine, nutrients, or special fluids are delivered directly through a needle or catheter into the body. Depending on the type of infusion , this can be done through a blood vessel, under...

IV Therapy

Millions of people struggle with autoimmune diseases, dehydration, and the daily physical effects of serious medical conditions. While countless modern advancements have helped people reduce limitations affecting both personal and professional life, successful...

Juvenile Spondyloarthritis

Juvenile spondyloarthritis is a type of arthritis that typically affects the joints associated with the spine, as well as the knee, ankle, hip, and shoulder joints. While juvenile spondyloarthritis can technically affect children or adults, the name can...

Knee Injections

Depending on the specifics of each individual patient and the severity of their symptoms, going straight to the source - injecting medication directly into the afflicted joint - can offer faster relief in a shorter amount of time for arthritis flare ups...

Lab Services

Blood sampling is one of the best ways to diagnose a number of treatable diseases. The composition of our blood can change if a disease is present, and it takes highly trained medical experts to analyze for abnormalities that may be indicative of an underlying...

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain (also known as lumbago) is a fairly common condition, affecting as many as 40 percent of the population at some point, with the onset most commonly occurring between the ages of 20 and 40. It affects the bones and muscles of the lower...

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease attacking the central nervous system. The cause of the disease is unknown, and while there is currently no known cure a number of treatment options are available. The course and progression of multiple sclerosis...

Musculoskeletal Ultra-sound Guided Joint Injections

Susan A. Baker, MD, FACR, a Los Angeles rheumatologist, has dedicated her medical practice to studying and treating individuals suffering from arthritis and other diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue. Armed with the knowledge that...

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that commonly affects the joints in the knees, hips, hands, and spine. It is characterized by degeneration of the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of bones. This degeneration causes the bones to rub directly...

Osteoarthritis Management

Osteoarthritis sounds complicated, but it is actually the most common type of arthritis seen in patients. Also known as degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that is caused by the body’s wear and tear on the cartilage surrounding j...

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis occurs when the bones become less dense. This leads to a decrease in bone strength and a higher likelihood of broken bones. Often, bones become so brittle that a fall or mild stress results in a fracture. While it can happen anywhere in the...

Patient Resources

​The internet provides an overwhelming amount of information regarding general arthritis and specific diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue. The following links are sites that we recommend as online resources, however, we encourage o...

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections

For millions of Americans, osteoarthritis can not only cause devastating pain, but impose physical limitations that leave people wondering about their chances for a happy and successful life in the future. While there have been countless treatments created...

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a condition that affects up to 30 percent of individuals with psoriasis, a condition in which red patches and silvery scales form on the skin. Even though having psoriasis is a prerequisite for developing psoriatic arthritis, joint...

Reactive Arthritis

Reactive arthritis is a form of inflammatory arthritis that is triggered by an infection elsewhere in the body, usually the intestines, urinary tract, or genitals. If you develop arthritis with in one month of developing diarrhea or a genital infection,...

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis is a type of musculoskeletal disorder that destroys the joints, bones, muscles, cartilage, and other connective tissue. Rheumatoid arthritis is a specific form of arthritis that typically affects the hands and feet. An autoimmune disorder, it...

Rheumatology Conditions

Susan A. Baker, MD, FACR, a world-renowned rheumatologist, has dedicated her practice to healing adults and adolescents with arthritis and diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue. Dr. Baker understands that management of arthritis...

Rheumatology Internal Medicine Los Angeles | Susan Baker MD

Rheumatology & Internal Medicine ​Welcome to the practice of Susan A. Baker, MD, FACR.Through years of experience and success in the field of rheumatology, Dr. Baker understands the complex and long-term needs t...

Rheumatology Services Arthritis Los Angeles | Susan Baker MD

Susan A. Baker MD Specializing in treating adults & adolescents with arthritis & diseases of the musculoskeletal system & connective tissue.(310) 274–7770Services The care of rheumatic conditions requires c...

Scleroderma

Scleroderma is a term used to describe a serious condition characterized by the hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissue. While most individuals suffering from scleroderma experience a variety of symptoms in different location throughout...

Second Opinions

The initial diagnosis of an autoimmune disease can be frightening, confusing, and overwhelming for many patients. With more than 80 different known conditions, autoimmune disease is very common and can affect anyone. Certain people can be more susceptible...

Services

THE CARE OF RHEUMATIC CONDITIONS requires close attention and treatment from a skilled rheumatologist. Beverly Hills rheumatologist Dr. Susan Baker is dedicated to providing her patients with the best care possible. Her goal is to find the best treatment...

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Sjögren’s Syndrome

In the 1930s, Swedish ophthalmologist Henrik Sjögren observed a group of women suffering from arthritis, and curiously, symptoms of dry eyes and dry mouth. After years of study, the syndrome become known as Sjögren’s Syndrome, named after the man who...

Skype Consultations

Hundreds of new apps and web-based services spring up seemingly overnight to make the world as connected and convenience-driven as possible. From dry cleaning to banking, modern technology has made it possible to conduct the majority of one’s daily b...

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Lupus is defined as an inflammatory disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. The result of this hyperactive immune system is inflammation, swelling, and damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, blood, heart, and lungs. F...

Temporal Arteritis

At Susan Baker, MD’s office in Beverly Hills, we seek to educate and treat patients with the highest quality of concern and care. Patients with temporal arteritis are often overwhelmed after a diagnosis, or when seeking treatment for symptoms. Temporal a...

Tendinitis and Bursitis

Tendinitis and bursitis are two common conditions that cause swelling around muscles and bones. Often caused by overuse or stress on a joint, tendinitis and bursitis can becoming recurring and chronic in certain individuals. If you feel as though you’re s...

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Vasculitis

Capable of affecting both sexes and patients of all ages, vasculitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the blood vessels . Like other autoimmune disorders, vasculitis occurs when a patient’s immune system begins attacking his or her own body t...

X-Rays

Arthritis and other diseases of the musculoskeletal system can decrease your overall quality of life and, in some severe cases, become debilitating. X-rays can be used as a diagnostic tool to help your rheumatologist accurately diagnose the type and...

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