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Dr. Michael Alan Weitz, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
7190 Sw 87th Avenue; Suite 304
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. Michael Weitz's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Weitz's education and training includes medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Clinical interests for Dr. Weitz include knee problems, osteoporosis, and lupus. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Weitz is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Back Problems, Knee Problems, Neck Problems, Arthritis, Lupus, Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Carpal ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafael Federico Rivas- Chacon, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology, Adult Rheumatology
3200 Sw 60 Court 105
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Rivas-Chacon practices pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology in Miami, FL. Before completing his residency at Mount Carmel Health System, Dr. Rivas-Chacon attended medical school at the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in lupus and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Rivas-Chacon has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Rivas-Chacon 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. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Memorial Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Santiago Miguel De Solo, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
7190 Sw 87th Avenue; 304
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Santiago De Solo works as an adult rheumatologist in Miami, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include knee problems, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia. Dr. De Solo is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Dr. De Solo graduated from Central University of the East School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Canton Medical Education Foundation. He takes 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, Back Problems, Knee Problems, Neck Problems, Lupus, Osteoporosis, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

Dr. Rosita Petech Stoik, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
7330 Sw 62nd Place; Suite 210
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. Rosita Stoik is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in South Miami, FL and Miami, FL. Her areas of expertise include knee problems, migraine, and osteoporosis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Stoik takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Stoik (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Back Problems, Knee Problems, Migraine, Spider Veins, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3661 South Miami Avenue; Suite 801 (mercy Professional Bldg)
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Mayra Acosta specializes in adult rheumatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Acosta average 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: bursitis, joint injections, and lupus. Dr. Acosta's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mercy Hospital and Mercy Miami Hospital. She 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. After attending the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Dr. Acosta completed her residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Bursitis, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Joint Injections

Dr. Neerja Agrawal, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1400 Nw 12th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Neerja Agrawal specializes in adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and type 2 diabetes. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. Dr. Agrawal honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She trained at Hahnemann University Hospital for her residency. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, scleroderma

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Fernando Carmelo Trespalacios, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
9193 Sunset Drive; Suite 200
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Trespalacios is a specialist in adult nephrology. He speaks Spanish. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Trespalacios is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at Tripler Army Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Trespalacios honors. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Trespalacios include: South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Surgery, Lupus

Dr. Judith Ellen Crowell, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
7800 Sw 87 Avenue; Suite C 300
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Judith Crowell is a surgical dermatology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Crowell include facial problems, rosacea, and acne. She is professionally affiliated with Doctors Hospital and Baptist Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Crowell's training includes a residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). The average patient rating for Dr. Crowell is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Crowell takes.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lip Implants, Sclerotherapy, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, Facial Problems, Rosacea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ana L Paredes, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
3200 Sw 60 Court; #304
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Ana Paredes' area of specialization is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Paredes include osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. Dr. Paredes is affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. She 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. She has an open panel. After attending Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Paredes is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Lupus, Kidney Problems, Osteoporosis

Dr. Jeffrey Lee Horstmyer, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
3661 S Miami Avenue; Suite 209
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Horstmyer is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Miami, FL. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Horstmyer's areas of expertise include bell's palsy, spinal cord injuries, and migraine. He is affiliated with Doctors Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Mercy Miami Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Horstmyer takes. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Horstmyer speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Back Problems, Migraine, Snoring, Neck Problems, Epilepsy, Muscular ... (Read more)

Dr. Barbara Madeline Muina, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine
9195 Sunset Drive; 210
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Barbara Muina is a Miami, FL physician who specializes in adult endocrinology and general internal medicine. She attended the University of Seville Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, emphysema, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Muina has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She 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. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Muina is affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma, Preventive Care, Emphysema

Dr. Juan Alberto Prieto, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6741 Southwest 24 Street; Suite 50 & 51
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Juan Prieto practices general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Prieto include bulimia, depression, and hepatitis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Prieto's training includes residency programs at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Ponce and a hospital affiliated with Ponce School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Prieto is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), Graves disease, lupus

All Interests: Depression, Graves Disease, Postmenopause, Sleep Disorders, Down Syndrome, Incontinence, Eating ... (Read more)

Dr. Mario Alberto Almeida Suarez, MD
Specializes in Primary Care, Adult Nephrology
1150 Campo Sano Avenue; Suite 401
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Mario Almeida-Suarez works as a primary care doctor and nephrologist in Coral Gables, FL and Miami, FL. He graduated from the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and Central University of the East School of Medicine. He trained at Woodhull Medical Center for residency. Dr. Almeida-Suarez has a special interest in hypertension (high blood pressure), lupus, and kidney surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Almeida-Suarez include: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Almeida-Suarez is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Surgery, Lupus

Dr. Nydia Patricia Martinez Galvis, MD
1611 Nw 12th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

The average patient rating for Dr. Nydia Martinez Galvis is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), lung cancer, and shortness of breath (dyspnea). Dr. Martinez Galvis is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. 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. Her medical residency was performed at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Jorge Carlos Busse, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
9193 Sunset Drive; Suite 200
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Busse practices adult nephrology in Miami, FL. He speaks Spanish. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Busse is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. After attending Central University of the East School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Busse accepts. Dr. Busse's distinctions include: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Surgery, Lupus, Dialysis

Dr. Jorge Rafael Beato, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Cardiology
5524 Sw 8 Street
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Beato's area of specialization is cardiology (heart disease). His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, migraine, and depression. He is affiliated with Doctors Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Mercy Miami Hospital. Dr. Beato is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Zaragoza Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, lupus

All Interests: Depression, Graves Disease, Sleep Disorders, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Sickle Cell ... (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.
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