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We found 6 neurologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Essential near Brandon, FL.

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Dr. Jose Patricio Pizarro Otero, MD
Specializes in Neurology, Sleep Medicine
401 N. Parsons Avenue; Suite #:105
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Jose Pizarro-Otero specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and sleep medicine. He has a special interest in attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), sleep apnea, and stroke. Dr. Pizarro-Otero takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Pizarro-Otero is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and Brandon Regional Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Visual Evoked Potential Test, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bhavik Lakhabhai Gedia, MD
Specializes in Neurology
401 N Parsons Avenue; Suite 105
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Bhavik Gedia is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Saba University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Gedia is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gedia (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Hindi. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Dr. Rafael Miguel Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Neurology
401 N Parson Avenue; #105
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Rodriguez works as a neurologist. Dr. Rodriguez's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, peripheral neuropathy, and nerve conduction studies (NCS). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Central University of the East School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. Dr. Rodriguez is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Clinical interests: Nerve Conduction Studies, Back Pain, Headache, Peripheral Neuropathy

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Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
413 W. Robertson Street; Suite B
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Alamelu Murugappan is a specialist in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Murugappan attended medical school at Thanjavur Medical College. She trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Murugappan average 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Murugappan honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Pravinchandra M Zala, MD
Specializes in Neurology
500 Vonderburg Drive; Suite 314
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Pravinchandra Zala is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Zala attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and M.P. Shah Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Zala (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Dr. Hassan Mohammad Bitar, MD
Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology
1771 S Kings Avenue
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Hassan Bitar specializes in osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Brandon, FL. Dr. Bitar is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Bitar is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital.

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What is Neurology?

Neurology is the study of the brain and nervous system, including the spinal cord and nerves. Disorders of the nervous system can affect many parts of the body, and a neurological exam must be quite thorough. A neurologist examining a new patient will check for any issues with:

  • motor skills (the way your brain and muscles work together)
  • sensory skills (sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell)
  • nerve function
  • coordination and balance
  • changes in mood or behavior

A neurologist can order different kinds of tests to check the function of the brain and nerves. These tests may include a head CT scan (a type of 3-dimensional x-ray), an electroencephalogram (which measures the electrical impulses inside the brain), an MRI (a detailed image of the brain or spinal cord), or electromyography (which uses electricity to test nerve function). The results of the exam and the tests help neurologists diagnose and form treatment plans for disorders like multiple sclerosis, tremors, stroke, and migraine headaches.

Some neurological problems, such as certain brain tumors, may require surgical treatment. Since neurologists do not perform surgery, they will refer patients who need operations to a surgical subspecialist, such as a neurosurgeon. Beyond surgery, a neurologist might recommend any of the following treatments:

  • medication (such as interferon for MS or topiramate for migraines)
  • laser therapy (class IV laser treatment is sometimes used to alleviate peripheral neuropathy pain)
  • physical therapy (stretches and exercises can increase balance and range of motion, helping patients to move more easily and with less pain)

Therapies such as these can improve quality of life for patients dealing with neurological disorders. Neurologists help their patients sense and interact with the world at their very best.