Scleroderma and Sarcoidosis Patient Care and Research Center at LSU Health Sciences Center

New Orleans, Louisianna

✔ Takes Most Insurance     ✔ Early Diagnosis Center
Contact Information
Appointment Phone
Affiliated Clinic
Web Site
Scleroderma Experts
Types of Scleroderma Handled?
Ages: Not Clarified
Insurance: Most Accepted
Review Date


This center is led by Dr.Luis R. Espinoza, who is the program director. At the specialty clinics in sarcoidosis, interstitial lung disease, and scleroderma, patients can receive care from a multi-specialty team of rheumatologists, pulmonologists, and cardiologists. LSU Rheumatology is active in promoting public and medical education to facilitate the early diagnosis and treatment of patients with scleroderma.

Scleroderma often takes many years to diagnose because of insidious onset, vague initial symptoms, and low physician and public awareness. It is typically diagnosed and treated by rheumatologists, but because it is a rare and very complex disease, there are only a few dozen scleroderma specialists in the United States. Expert care can be crucial for proper screening, diagnosis, patient education, clinical trials, and treatment. (Also see: What is Scleroderma?, Diagnosis of Scleroderma and Scleroderma Expert Directory)

Contact Information

Scleroderma and Sarcoidosis Patient Care and Research Center
Department of Medicine, Section of Rheumatology
LSU Health Sciences Center
1542 Tulane Ave, TM-4
New Orleans, LA 70112

Appointment Phone Number


Affiliated Clinic

St. Charles Ave. Multi-Specialty
3700 St Charles Ave, 4th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70115
Clinic number for appointments: 1-504 412 1366

Web Page

LSU Health Sciences Center, Rheumatology. We are active in promoting public and medical education to facilitate the early diagnosis and treatment of patients with scleroderma. LSU.

Scleroderma Experts

Although there may be other doctors in this clinic or division, these are the only ones listed specifically as scleroderma experts by the center as of our last update.

Physician, Degree

Luis R. Espinoza, MD — Section Chief
Bennet DeBiosblanc, MD

Types of Scleroderma Treated: Not Yet Reported

This center has not yet reported the types of scleroderma that they treat, such as localized (morphea, linear, en coup) and (limited or diffuse) systemic sclerosis. (Also see Difficult Diagnosis and Types of Scleroderma)

Ages Treated? Unclear.

This center has not yet specified whether or not they treat scleroderma patients of all ages (both children and adults.)

When attempting to make an appointment for a child, be sure to request a pediatric rheumatologist within the scleroderma clinic.

Insurance: Accepts Most

This center accepts most insurances. Please verify insurance coverage.


This center is a member of the Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium (SCTC), which means that they participate in SCTC peer-reviewed international clinical trials for scleroderma.

Last Review, Update or News Posting

05/08/2016: Overview added. JEF

03/13/2016: Page information verified by Vanessa Hamann, ISN Scleroderma Expert List Coordinator. Page information updated. Affiliated Clinic added. JEF

Featuring: Scleroderma and Sarcoidosis Patient Care and Research Center at LSU Health Sciences Center

Scleroderma and Sarcoidosis Patient Care and Research Center at LSU Health Sciences Center. This center is interested in providing early diagnosis and treatment for scleroderma patients. ISN. Posted 01/23/12.

01/18/12: Page published.

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