Physician Video Profile: Nina Ramessar, MD (Rheumatology)

Physician Video Profile: Nina Ramessar, MD (Rheumatology)


I am Dr. Nina Rammesar. I am a rheumatologist
at Lakeland Rheumatology and I am in St. Joe. My office is actually located at COPS, Center
for Outpatient Services. I have been a member of the Lakeland family since July 2015, so
it’s been 6 months. Rheumatology is the study of musculoskeletal system, rheumatoid
arthritis, psoriasis, I see a lot of osteoarthritis as well. But it also encompasses something
far greater than that, we deal with autoimmune diseases. Any condition in which antibodies
actually attack the body. A lot of the time, patients may not actually know what we do
and I think it’s necessary for it to come from the primary care doctor, the referrals,
so they know if they actually figure out if they need us, if they need me as opposed to
a neurologist, or somebody else. I went to medical school at the University of West Indies
at St. Augustine, Trinidad and I did residency at SUNY Downstate, University of New York
in Brooklyn and that’s where I did my fellowship as well. I was also chosen to be a care question
writer, and that was actually one of the proudest moments. It means that I actually help write
the questions for the board prep. My husband and I, well our whole family, we actually
went all over the United States and I think one of the things that drew us to this area
was how family oriented it was. I really like the practice, everything about it, the patient
population and I guess that is why we decided to settle here. I like the beaches along the
lake, especially for my son, he loves it. I am actually from Trinidad and Tobago, my
entire family is. My mom got me a medical encyclopedia when I was younger, I thought
it was it was so intriguing and rheumatology became my focus as time went by because I
had a friend from high school who died from lupus nephritis, and I felt that I could help
people by going off and veering into this area of medicine. There is so much more that
we can do for patients to prevent joint damage now and end organ damage, kidney failure and
all this other stuff that didn’t exist 10 years ago. We actually advocate vitamin D
supplementation. A lot of patients, especially in this particular climate, most patients
are actually deficient, greatly so. This simple supplementation, getting it back to normal,
even above normal, actually makes such a great improvement in your quality of life. A lot
of times, and this is something that always surprised me as well, they have gone to big
clinics. They have gone to Mayo, they have gone to Cleveland Clinic and then they come
to me and they ask for an opinion and I think sometimes at that point you just have to listen.
You go through the notes, all that stuff, all the old labs, but just start back from
the beginning. Sometimes you miss things when you just look at labs and just look at x-rays,
when you listen to them you realize there are certain things you can pick up that can
actually lead to the correct diagnosis. One of the things I do is I pray that I can do
the best for my patients and I also I treat each one as I would treat a family member.

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