We found 6 neurologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold HMO near Brandon, FL.
Dr. Jose Pizarro-Otero practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and sleep medicine in Riverview, FL, Tampa, FL, and Brandon, FL. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and New York Medical College. Dr. Pizarro-Otero trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. His clinical interests include attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), sleep apnea, and stroke. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Pizarro-Otero is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and Brandon Regional Hospital. Dr. Pizarro-Otero's practice is open to new patients.
Clinical interests: Visual Evoked Potential Test, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, ... (Read more)
Dr. Bhavik Gedia's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Gedia takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Saba University School of Medicine and residency at Allegheny General Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Gedia (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Gedia's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.
Dr. Rafael Rodriguez works as a neurologist. Dr. Rodriguez is conversant in Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include back pain, peripheral neuropathy, and nerve conduction studies (NCS). His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville, Dr. Rodriguez attended Central University of the East School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.
Clinical interests: Nerve Conduction Studies, Back Pain, Headache, Peripheral Neuropathy
Dr. Alamelu Murugappan is a physician who specializes in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. She 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. Murugappan obtained her medical school training at Thanjavur Medical College and performed her residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University.
Dr. Pravinchandra Zala practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Brandon, FL. 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. Zala studied medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and M.P. Shah Medical College. His residency was performed at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, Dr. Zala (or staff) speaks Hindi.
Dr. Hassan Bitar sees patients in Brandon, FL. His medical specialties are osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He studied medicine at the University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine. He trained at Boston Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Bitar is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital.
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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.