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We found 25 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze EPO near Clearwater, FL.

Dr. Adam Michael Rosen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Adam Rosen is an adult rheumatology specialist in Clearwater, FL. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. Dr. Rosen accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Rosen's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

Dr. Eugenia R Rullan-Bidot, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Eugenia Rullanbidot is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Clearwater, FL. These areas are among Dr. Rullanbidot's clinical interests: back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. She is rated highly by her patients. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rullanbidot attended medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Monmouth Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

Dr. Antony George Sankoorikal, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2655 State Road 580; Suite 201
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Antony Sankoorikal's specialty is adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Sankoorikal is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sankoorikal's clinical interests include fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. 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. After completing medical school at Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He speaks Malayalam. Dr. Sankoorikal is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Kathy Lynn Anderson, DO
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
510 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Kathy Anderson is a surgical dermatologist in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Anderson's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Anderson accepts. Dr. Anderson studied medicine at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Malden Hospital. She has received the distinction of **other Specialty: Dermatologic Laser Surgery**. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Tampa General Hospital (TGH). Dr. Anderson's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan St. Clair St Clair Roper, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
2467 Enterprise Road, Suite A; Suite A
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Susan Roper is a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Roper average 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Roper include nail issues, cryotherapy, and shingles. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Roper attended Emory University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Roper include: Revlon Dermatology Foundation Grant Fellowship Award, Dermatology Foundation; Chief Resident, Department of Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine; and Surgeon of the Year, Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgery. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Roper's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Skin Cancer, Facial Problems, Spider Veins, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Eric Krutchik, DO
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
115 Highland Avenue Ne
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Michael Krutchik practices surgical dermatology in Port Richey, FL, Largo, FL, and Richey, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Krutchik include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. 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. Krutchik studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Largo Medical Center for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Edison Ngo Tan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Edison Tan is an internist. Dr. Tan is conversant in Filipino. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tan include alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. He obtained his medical school training at International and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. The average patient rating for Dr. Tan is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tan is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement ... (Read more)

Dr. George Peter Pavlidakey, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
609 Indian Rocks Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. George Pavlidakey sees patients in Clearwater, FL and Belleair, FL. His medical specialties are pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Pavlidakey average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pavlidakey include nail issues, hair problems, and shingles. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Pavlidakey obtained his medical school training at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Pavlidakey (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Greek, and Polish. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Shingles, Skin Issues, Tropical Skin Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Anthony Laguna, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2725 Park Drive; Suite 5
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Laguna is an internist in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Laguna trained at Conemaugh Health System for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Laguna include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Laguna 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Bone Density Test, Exercise Stress Test, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Ali Mohamad Saifi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ali Saifi is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Saifi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Portuguese. These areas are among his clinical interests: alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Dr. Saifi's education and training includes medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. Patient ratings for Dr. Saifi average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard A Miller, DO
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
115 Highland Avenue Ne
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Richard Miller's specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Miller is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Miller's clinical interests: nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Miller performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail ... (Read more)

Dr. Stuart Evan Sinoff, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
430 Morton Plant Street; Balance Disorders Clinic Suite 402
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Stuart Sinoff's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include dizziness, multiple sclerosis (MS), and sleep apnea. Dr. Sinoff is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Vertigo, Eye Problems, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. Maria Elena Garcia Cardona, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
1801 N. Belcher Road; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Maria Garcia-Cardona is a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist in Clearwater, FL. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: academic dermatology, skin cancer excision, and psoriasis. Dr. Garcia-Cardona honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico for residency. Dr. Garcia-Cardona speaks Spanish. Dr. Garcia-Cardona is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Skin Cancer Excision, Psoriasis, Botox ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Hal Mahoney, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
13121 66th Street North
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Matthew Mahoney practices pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. After attending Eastern Virginia Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Eastern Virginia Medical School. His areas of expertise include the following: nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Dr. Mahoney has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Mahoney is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Dermatology Specialists, Largo Medical Center, and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Maha Serag Lewis-Serag, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3190 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 203
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Maha Lewis-Serag specializes in family medicine and practices in Clearwater, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Lewis-Serag average 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Lewis-Serag's clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), cryotherapy, and holter monitoring. She is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing her residency at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center., Dr. Lewis-Serag attended Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Lewis-Serag speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ralph Albert Rophie, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1239 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ralph Rophie practices family medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include cryotherapy, nutrition counseling, and hepatitis. Dr. Rophie is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Rophie takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Mount Carmel Health System, Dr. Rophie attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

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What is an Autoimmune Disorder?

An autoimmune disorder happens when the immune system mistakenly attacks the tissues of its own body, causing symptoms of illness. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders. While some are very rare, others are fairly common. Combined, autoimmune disorders are one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, affecting approximately 24 million people.

A properly working immune system identifies foreign substances in the body that might cause illness, such as bacteria and viruses. The immune system then creates antibodies which attack the foreign substances, neutralizing them and keeping the body safe. In people with autoimmune disorders, something goes wrong with this process. For reasons we don’t understand very well, the immune system creates antibodies to attack the patient’s own tissues.

Symptoms of an autoimmune disorder depend on which tissue is being attacked by the immune system, but common symptoms of autoimmune disease include fever, fatigue, and a general feeling of just not being well. Autoimmune disorders are more common in women than in men, and they may run in families. Autoimmune disorders can affect various parts of the body such as blood vessels, connective tissue, endocrine glands, joints, muscles, red blood cells, skin, and many others.

It is common to have more than one autoimmune disorder at a time. Most are chronic, or life-long illnesses, although they may come and go in flares. Treatment for autoimmune disorders depends on which part of the body is being attacked. For example:
  • A type 1 diabetic whose pancreas has been damaged will need insulin.
  • A person with Hashimoto’s whose thyroid has been damaged will need replacement thyroid hormones.
  • Someone with Sjogren’s syndrome will need eye drops and mouth rinses to replace tears and saliva.
Many autoimmune disorders of all kinds are treated with immune-suppressing medications, such as corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone) to reduce the effect of the immune system.