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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. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rivas-Chacon's areas of expertise consist of lupus and carpal tunnel syndrome. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Rivas-Chacon's medical residency was performed at Mount Carmel Health System. 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 sees patients in South Miami, FL and Miami, FL. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Stoik studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Stoik include knee problems, migraine, and osteoporosis. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Dr. Stoik (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. Dr. Stoik's hospital/clinic 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)

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

Dr. Mayra Acosta's specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Acosta include bursitis, joint injections, and lupus. The average patient rating for Dr. Acosta is 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Acosta graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. She speaks 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 specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Miami, FL and Weston, FL. Dr. Agrawal's areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and type 2 diabetes. 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. Her medical residency was performed at Hahnemann University Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Agrawal 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)

Dr. Junhee Lee, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
8940 N Kendall Drive; Suite 501e
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Junhee Lee specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Miami, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: bell's palsy, graves disease, and tumor. Dr. Lee's hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical Arts Surgery Center at Baptist and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Wills Eye Institute, Dr. Lee attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors.

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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' specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Her clinical interests include osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. Dr. Paredes's hospital/clinic affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Paredes honors. Her practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Paredes performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. In addition to English, she speaks 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, who practices in Miami, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Horstmyer include bell's palsy, spinal cord injuries, and migraine. Dr. Horstmyer honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Horstmyer is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Horstmyer trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include 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. David Samuel Hoffman, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
7900 South West 57th Avenue; Suite 21
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. David Hoffman works as a nephrologist. 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. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hypertension (high blood pressure), lupus, and kidney surgery. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Hoffman speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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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 works as a cardiologist in Coral Gables, FL and Miami, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Beato include knee problems, migraine, and depression. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from the University of Zaragoza Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston. Dr. Beato is conversant in 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
 

Dr. Nydia Martinez Galvis' areas of expertise include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), lung cancer, and shortness of breath (dyspnea). Patient ratings for Dr. Martinez Galvis average 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is a graduate of Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her medical residency was performed at Cleveland Clinic Florida. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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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 specializes in surgical dermatology and practices in Miami, FL. On average, patients gave Dr. Crowell a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: facial problems, rosacea, and acne. Her professional affiliations include Doctors Hospital and Baptist Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. Amer Malik's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include the following: visual evoked potential test, orthostatic hypotension, and paralysis. He is professionally affiliated with Swedish Medical Center. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah, Dr. Malik attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Visual Evoked Potential Test, Ambulatory EEG, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, ... (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. For his professional training, Dr. Prieto completed residency programs at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Ponce and a hospital affiliated with Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Prieto's clinical interests include bulimia, depression, and hepatitis. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Prieto is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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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 a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Granja's clinical interests: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Before performing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Granja attended Central University of Ecuador for medical school. He takes 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: Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Surgery, Lupus, Preventive Care

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 and practices in Coral Gables, FL and Miami, FL. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Almeida-Suarez focuses on hypertension (high blood pressure), lupus, and kidney surgery. Dr. Almeida-Suarez is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Mercy Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and Central University of the East School of Medicine. Dr. Almeida-Suarez trained at Woodhull Medical Center for his residency. He has received distinctions including South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Almeida-Suarez speaks Spanish.

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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 sees patients in Miami, FL and Weston, FL. Her medical specialty is pediatric genetics. After completing medical school at Lady Hardinge Medical College, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba. Her clinical interests include bell's palsy, down syndrome, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Patient ratings for Dr. Jayakar average 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors 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 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)

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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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