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

Dr. Rafael Rivas-Chacon is a specialist in pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology. He works in Miami, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Rivas-Chacon is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rivas-Chacon has indicated that his clinical interests include lupus and carpal tunnel syndrome. 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. His education and training includes medical school at the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine and residency at Mount Carmel Health System. Dr. Rivas-Chacon's professional 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. Rosita Petech Stoik, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
7330 Sw 62nd Place; Suite 210
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. Rosita Stoik sees patients in South Miami, FL and Miami, FL. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Stoik (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. Clinical interests for Dr. Stoik include knee problems, migraine, and osteoporosis. Her professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. She attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Stoik is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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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 practices adult rheumatology in Miami, FL. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in bursitis, joint injections, and lupus. Dr. Acosta honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Dr. Acosta completed her residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1400 Nw 12th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Neerja Agrawal practices adult nephrology. Dr. Agrawal is conversant in Spanish. Her areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and type 2 diabetes. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. For her professional training, Dr. Agrawal completed a residency program at Hahnemann University Hospital. She 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, scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Ana Paredes specializes in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease) and practices in Miami, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Paredes include osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Paredes's hospital/clinic affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 neurologist. His areas of expertise include the following: bell's palsy, spinal cord injuries, and migraine. Dr. Horstmyer is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Horstmyer has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Horstmyer is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital.

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

Dr. Jorge Beato is a cardiology (heart disease) specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, migraine, and depression. Dr. Beato is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Zaragoza Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, lupus

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

1611 Nw 12th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Patient ratings for Dr. Nydia Martinez Galvis average 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Martinez Galvis include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), lung cancer, and shortness of breath (dyspnea). Dr. Martinez Galvis is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then she performed her residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Judith Crowell is a specialist in surgical dermatology. She works in Miami, FL. These areas are among her clinical interests: facial problems, rosacea, and acne. Dr. Crowell is professionally affiliated with Doctors Hospital and Baptist Hospital. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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 in Miami, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Prieto include bulimia, depression, and hepatitis. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center. Dr. Prieto accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Prieto has an open panel. He completed his residency training at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Ponce and a hospital affiliated with Ponce School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

All Interests: Depression, Graves Disease, Sleep Disorders, Down Syndrome, Incontinence, Eating Disorders, ... (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 adult nephrologist in Coral Gables, FL and Miami, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Almeida-Suarez include hypertension (high blood pressure), lupus, and kidney surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Almeida-Suarez honors. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and Central University of the East School of Medicine and a graduate of Woodhull Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Almeida-Suarez has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Surgery, Lupus

Dr. Parul Bhagwati Jayakar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
3100 Sw 62 Avenue; Floor 3 Brain Institute
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Parul Jayakar practices pediatric genetics in Miami, FL and Weston, FL. Dr. Jayakar attended Lady Hardinge Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba for residency. Her areas of expertise include the following: bell's palsy, down syndrome, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Patient ratings for Dr. Jayakar average 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes 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. Jayakar include: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, Autism, Epilepsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina ... (Read more)

Dr. David Samuel Hoffman, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
7900 South West 57th Avenue; Suite 21
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. David Hoffman's specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Hoffman has a special interest in hypertension (high blood pressure), lupus, and kidney surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Hoffman attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school. His distinctions include: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Surgery, Lupus

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

Dr. Barbara Muina specializes in adult endocrinology and general internal medicine and practices in Miami, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Muina is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Muina include diabetes, emphysema, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Seville Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Muina trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Muina is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

Dr. Fanny Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
2525 Sw 3 Avenue; Unit Cu-1
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Fanny Gonzalez's specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests encompass hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney problems, and lupus. Dr. Gonzalez is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center. Dr. Gonzalez accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Miami Children's Hospital, Dr. Gonzalez attended Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Lupus, Kidney Problems

Dr. Hernan Raul Baquerizo, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3661 S Miami Avenue; #505
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Hernan Baquerizo is a Miami, FL physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. He is a graduate of the University of Guayaquil Faculty of Medical Sciences and a graduate of Jackson Memorial Medical Center's residency program. His clinical interests include diabetes, osteoporosis, and graves disease. Dr. Baquerizo has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Baquerizo honors. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis

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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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