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We found 46 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions near Coral Gables, FL.

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

Dr. Rafael Rivas-Chacon, who practices in Miami, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rivas-Chacon include lupus and carpal tunnel syndrome. 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 completing his residency at Mount Carmel Health System, Dr. Rivas-Chacon attended medical school at the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine. He is affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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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's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Stoik graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include knee problems, migraine, and osteoporosis. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Dr. Stoik (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. Dr. Stoik's professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. Neerja Agrawal's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Agrawal's areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and type 2 diabetes. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her medical residency was performed at Easton Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Agrawal is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, scleroderma

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

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1611 Nw 12th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Nydia Martinez Galvis' clinical interests include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), lung cancer, and shortness of breath (dyspnea). She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She is a graduate of Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Martinez Galvis's residency was performed at Cleveland Clinic Florida. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors 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: , scleroderma

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

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

Dr. David Hoffman, who practices in South Miami, FL, Homestead, FL, and Miami, FL, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. He is especially interested in hypertension (high blood pressure), lupus, and kidney surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Hoffman is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Hoffman trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Hoffman include: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Surgery, Lupus

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

Dr. Jeffrey Horstmyer is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Horstmyer is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include bell's palsy, spinal cord injuries, and migraine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Horstmyer performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors.

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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. Junhee Lee, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
8940 North Kendall Drive; Suite 400-e
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Junhee Lee is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. He studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Lee include bell's palsy, graves disease, and tumor. He takes 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 the distinction of South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with Medical Arts Surgery Center at Baptist and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Tumor, Bell's Palsy

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

Dr. Ana Paredes is a specialist in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). She works in Miami, FL. Dr. Paredes obtained her medical school training at Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. In her practice, she is particularly interested in osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. 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. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Paredes is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Lupus, Kidney Problems, Osteoporosis

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

Dr. Jorge Beato is a physician who specializes in cardiology (heart disease). Dr. Beato speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Beato include knee problems, migraine, and depression. His professional affiliations include Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital. He attended the University of Zaragoza Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston. Dr. Beato honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, lupus

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

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

Dr. Juan Prieto specializes in general internal medicine. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Prieto's areas of expertise include the following: bulimia, depression, and hepatitis. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Mercy Hospital. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Prieto's office for an appointment. His medical residency was performed 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, Incontinence, Eating Disorders, Scoliosis, Erectile ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlos Andres Granja, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
7900 Sw 57 Avenue; Suite 21
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Granja is an adult nephrologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Granja include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. 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. After completing medical school at Central University of Ecuador, he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Granja speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Surgery, Lupus, Preventive Care

Dr. Amer Mohammed Malik, MBA, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1150 Nw 14th Street
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Amer Malik is a neurologist in Miami, FL. His areas of expertise include visual evoked potential test, orthostatic hypotension, and paralysis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Malik completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. Dr. Malik is professionally affiliated with Swedish Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Ambulatory EEG, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, Cluster Headache, Dizziness, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Parul Jayakar is a specialist in pediatric genetics. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include bell's palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Jayakar takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Jayakar studied medicine at Lady Hardinge Medical College. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba. Her distinctions 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: Cystic Fibrosis, Autism, Epilepsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, Bell's ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Judith Crowell, who practices in Miami, FL, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). She has indicated that her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), acne, and lupus. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Doctors Hospital and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Crowell is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)'s residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Crowell is 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Skin Issues, Lupus, Vitiligo, Acne, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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 specializes in primary care and adult nephrology. Before completing his residency at Woodhull Medical Center, Dr. Almeida-Suarez attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Almeida-Suarez include hypertension (high blood pressure), lupus, and kidney surgery. Dr. Almeida-Suarez has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Almeida-Suarez has received the following distinctions: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. He is conversant in 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. Hernan Raul Baquerizo, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3661 S Miami Avenue; #505
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Hernan Baquerizo is an adult endocrinology specialist in Miami, FL. Dr. Baquerizo is rated 1.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Baquerizo include diabetes, osteoporosis, and graves disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Mercy Hospital. Dr. Baquerizo honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of the University of Guayaquil Faculty of Medical Sciences and a graduate of Jackson Memorial Medical Center's residency program. He speaks Spanish.

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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.