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We found 15 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Coventry Bronze near Clearwater, FL.

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. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rullanbidot include back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. Dr. Rullanbidot studied medicine at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Monmouth Medical Center. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Rullanbidot honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. Adam Rosen is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Before performing his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Dr. Rosen attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. His areas of expertise include back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rosen accepts. 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. Antony George Sankoorikal, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2655 State Road 580; Suite 201
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Antony Sankoorikal is an adult rheumatologist in Clearwater, FL. He is conversant in Malayalam. His areas of clinical interest consist of fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. Dr. Sankoorikal is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Sankoorikal attended Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Sankoorikal average 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sankoorikal takes.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. Joseph Laguna is an internist. In addition to English, Dr. Laguna speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Laguna completed his residency training at Conemaugh Health System. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He 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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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. Edison Tan's area of specialization is general internal medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Tan include alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tan takes. He attended International for medical school and subsequently trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. He is conversant in Filipino.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement ... (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 sees patients in Clearwater, FL and Bay Pines, FL. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include dizziness, multiple sclerosis (MS), and sleep apnea. Dr. Sinoff is professionally affiliated with Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Sinoff is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sinoff takes.

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

Dr. Ali Saifi's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Saifi completed a residency program at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. Clinical interests for Dr. Saifi include alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. On average, patients gave Dr. Saifi a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Saifi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hepatobiliary ... (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 practices family medicine in Clearwater, FL. She is conversant in Arabic. These areas are among her clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), cryotherapy, and holter monitoring. Dr. Lewis-Serag's professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Lewis-Serag obtained her medical school training at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.. The average patient rating for Dr. Lewis-Serag is 3.0 stars out of 5. She accepts 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: Cryosurgery, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ana Belen Charles, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine
612 Druid Road East; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ana May's areas of specialization are family medicine and hospital medicine (hospitalist); she sees patients in Clearwater, FL. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and cryotherapy. Dr. May is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine. Dr. May (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. Dr. May is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohammad Iqbal, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohammad Iqbal practices general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Iqbal include back pain, diabetes, and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). Dr. Iqbal's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Dunedin Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare HSA. For his residency, Dr. Iqbal trained at Millard Fillmore Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Holter Monitoring, Diabetes, Arrhythmias, Attention Deficit Disorder, Lupus, Back Pain, Infections, ... (Read more)

Dr. Maria Cristina Lim Pantaleon, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Maria Pantaleon is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Pantaleon's areas of expertise include back pain, diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). She is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. After completing medical school at International, she performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Pantaleon's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She 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: Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Arrhythmias, Lupus, Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente's area of specialization is adult hospital medicine. Dr. Saccente's clinical interests include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute for residency. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saccente honors.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Percy Renato Bracamonte, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
646 Virginia Street; Mease Medical Arts Iii Suite 601
Dunedin, FL
 

Dr. Percy Bracamonte specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Bracamonte's clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. He is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Bracamonte is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University. For his professional training, Dr. Bracamonte completed a residency program at Jersey City Medical Center. He 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.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Dr. Xiomara R Ramirez-Ortega, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1007 Jeffords Street; Jeffords Internal Medicine Suite 101
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega is an internist. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is conversant in Spanish. Her areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. She is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. She attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She 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, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Howard Evan Feingold, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 101
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Howard Feingold's area of specialization is adult hospital medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Feingold include alcohol abuse, hepatitis, and lupus. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Feingold's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Hepatitis, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hospital ... (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.