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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 is a specialist in pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology. He works in Miami, FL. Dr. Rivas-Chacon's clinical interests encompass lupus and carpal tunnel syndrome. His professional affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. He attended the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Mount Carmel Health System for residency. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He 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: 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, who practices in South Miami, FL and Miami, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. In addition to English, Dr. Stoik (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. These areas are among her clinical interests: knee problems, migraine, and osteoporosis. Dr. Stoik's hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Stoik is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She honors 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)

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

Dr. Neerja Agrawal specializes in adult nephrology. Her clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and type 2 diabetes. 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. For her professional training, Dr. Agrawal completed residency programs at Easton Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is 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 has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Martinez Galvis include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), lung cancer, and shortness of breath (dyspnea). She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. For her professional training, Dr. Martinez Galvis completed a residency program at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Ana Paredes is a Miami, FL physician who specializes in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami, Dr. Paredes attended medical school at Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine. She has a special interest in osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Paredes accepts. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Paredes is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Lupus, Kidney Problems, Osteoporosis

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

Dr. David Hoffman's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Hoffman is especially interested in hypertension (high blood pressure), lupus, and kidney surgery. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, Dr. Hoffman performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Surgery, Lupus

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

Dr. Jorge Beato sees patients in Miami, FL and Coral Gables, FL. His medical specialty is cardiology (heart disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, migraine, and depression. Dr. Beato is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Zaragoza Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston for residency. Dr. Beato speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Horstmyer is a neurologist in Miami, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Horstmyer include bell's palsy, spinal cord injuries, and migraine. Dr. Horstmyer has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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. Dr. Horstmyer attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the distinction of South Florida Super Doctors. He 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. Juan Alberto Prieto, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6741 Sw 24 Street; Suite 50 & 51
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Juan Prieto is a general internist in Miami, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Prieto include bulimia, depression, and hepatitis. Dr. Prieto is 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. His practice is open to new patients. He trained at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Ponce and a hospital affiliated with Ponce School of Medicine for residency. Dr. Prieto 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. Amer Mohammed Malik, MBA, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1150 Nw 14th Street
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Amer Malik practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Miami, FL. His areas of expertise include visual evoked potential test, orthostatic hypotension, and paralysis. Dr. Malik is affiliated with Swedish Medical Center. He studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Malik's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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

All Interests: Visual Evoked Potential Test, Ambulatory EEG, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Junhee Lee is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Lee attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. His clinical interests encompass bell's palsy, graves disease, and tumor. Dr. Lee 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 following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Lee's professional affiliations include 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. 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. He studied medicine at Central University of the East School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Almeida-Suarez trained at Woodhull Medical Center. Dr. Almeida-Suarez's areas of expertise include the following: hypertension (high blood pressure), lupus, and kidney surgery. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Almeida-Suarez is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the following distinctions: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with 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, who practices in Miami, FL, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include diabetes, osteoporosis, and graves disease. Dr. Baquerizo is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Mercy Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Guayaquil Faculty of Medical Sciences and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Baquerizo has received a 1.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

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

Dr. Parul Jayakar's area of specialization is pediatric genetics. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba, Dr. Jayakar attended Lady Hardinge Medical College for medical school. These areas are among Dr. Jayakar's clinical interests: bell's palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and cystic fibrosis (CF). Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Jayakar include: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with 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. 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. Dr. Muina is conversant in Spanish. Her clinical interests include diabetes, emphysema, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. Before completing her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Muina attended medical school at the University of Seville Faculty of Medicine. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Muina honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

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

Dr. Carlos Granja sees patients in Homestead, FL, Miami, FL, and South Miami, FL. His medical specialties are surgery and adult nephrology. He has a special interest in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Dr. Granja accepts 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 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

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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.