Sean Andrew Whelton, MD| Rheumatology | MedStar Health

Sean Andrew Whelton, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (628 reviews)

Specialties: Rheumatology

Languages: English

(877) 625-1471

About me

Dr. Sean Whelton earned his bachelor of arts in English Literature at Duke University. He earned his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine. He then completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He completed his rheumatology fellowship at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He has served as the medical student Internal Medicine clerkship director since 2004, and is currently an associate program director in the Internal Medicine Residency Program.
His clinical focus has been inflammatory autoimmune conditions. He treats patients with a variety of issues including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, sarcoidosis, IgG4 related disease, and vasculitis.
When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and four children.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Myositis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogrens
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Vasculitis
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acute Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anti Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibodies
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Aortic Arteritis
  • Arthralgia
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis Of Multiple Joints
  • Arthropathy
  • Behcet Syndrome
  • Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease
  • Cranial Arteritis
  • Crest
  • Crystalline Arthritis
  • Cutaneous Vasculitis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
  • Enthesitis
  • Erythema Nodosum
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Gonococcal Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis
  • Iga Vasculitis
  • Igg 4 Related Diseases
  • Inflammatory Polyarthropathy
  • Isolated Central Nervous System Vasculitis
  • Joint Disorder Of Multiple Joints
  • Joint Effusion
  • Joint Swelling
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Macrophage Activation Syndrome
  • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
  • Monoarticular Arthritis
  • Myositis
  • Neonatal Lupus Erythematosus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Periodic Fever Syndromes
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Polyarthralgia
  • Polyarthropathy
  • Polychondritis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Positive Antinuclear Antibody (ANA) Test
  • Post Infectious Arthritis
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogrens
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Still's Disease
  • Synovitis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Systemic Scleroderma
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Tophus
  • Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease
  • Uveitis
  • Vasculitis
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Procedures I perform

  • Antinuclear Antibody (ANA) Blood Test
  • Biologic Therapy For Rheumatologic Diseases
  • Joint Injection
  • Non Surgical Management Of Osteoarthritis
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Practice locations

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center
Washington, DC, 20007


Fax 877-625-1471

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MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • United Golden Rule
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • United Student Resources
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • I-SNP
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • United Choice Plus
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Beech Street PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Anthem Plus BCBS of VA HealthKeepers Plus
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Carefirst EPO
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • United Choice
    • Kaiser Select
    • D-SNP)
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Virginia Premier
    • Aetna HMO
    • Tricare East Select
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • United Navigate
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • Anthem (POS & Open Access POS) BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Cigna EPO
    • United Optimum Choice
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Anthem HMO - BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families



Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Fellowship: Georgetown University Medical Center GME (2002)

Residency: Georgetown University Medical Center GME (2000)

Medical School: Tulane University Internal Medicine (1997)

Ratings and reviews

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  • Mar 19, 2024

    The Provider was thorough. I appreciate being informed and included in my care (medications, test results and orders)

  • Mar 15, 2024

    My visit with Dr. Whelton was top-notch. He listens thoroughly, answers questions and explains things very well, as always.

  • Mar 6, 2024

    Dr. Whelton is an exceptional doctor, particularly when it comes to helping me understand why my various conditions have occurred. It's a pleasure to meet with him.