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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 is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and sleep medicine. He attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), sleep apnea, and stroke. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pizarro-Otero honors. Dr. Pizarro-Otero is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and Brandon Regional Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Multiple Sleep Latency Test, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Bhavik Gedia's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at Allegheny General Hospital, Dr. Gedia attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Saba University School of Medicine. Dr. Gedia (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Gedia is professionally 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, who practices in Brandon, FL and Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in back pain, peripheral neuropathy, and nerve conduction studies (NCS). 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. Dr. Rodriguez obtained his medical school training at Central University of the East School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. Dr. Rodriguez is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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, who practices in Brandon, FL, is a medical specialist in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She is a graduate of Thanjavur Medical College. She completed her residency training at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Murugappan's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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

Dr. Pravinchandra Zala practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Brandon, FL. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zala graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and M.P. Shah Medical College and then he performed his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). 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 is an osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Dr. Bitar's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bitar takes. Before completing his residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Bitar attended medical school at the University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine. He 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.