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Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology, Adult Rheumatology
3200 Sw 60 Court 105
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Rivas-Chacon's specialties are pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include the following: lupus and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Rivas-Chacon's professional affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. Before completing his residency at Mount Carmel Health System, Dr. Rivas-Chacon attended medical school at the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Rivas-Chacon's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He 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.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
7330 Sw 62nd Place; Suite 210
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. Rosita Stoik specializes in adult rheumatology. She studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Stoik include knee problems, migraine, and osteoporosis. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Stoik (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. Dr. Stoik is affiliated with 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 Nephrology
1400 Nw 12th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Neerja Agrawal's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Agrawal include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and type 2 diabetes. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Agrawal honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Agrawal completed her residency training at Easton Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital. 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)

Specializes in Ophthalmology
8940 N Kendall Drive; Suite 501e
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Junhee Lee's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Wills Eye Institute. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lee include bell's palsy, graves disease, and tumor. He 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. Dr. Lee has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. His 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

1611 Nw 12th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

The average patient rating for Dr. Nydia Martinez Galvis is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Martinez Galvis's clinical interests: collapsed lung (pneumothorax), lung cancer, and shortness of breath (dyspnea). She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. 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 completing medical school at Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 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)

Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
3200 Sw 60 Court; #304
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Ana Paredes is a medical specialist in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). In Dr. Paredes's practice, she is particularly interested in osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for residency. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Paredes's professional affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Lupus, Kidney Problems, Osteoporosis

Specializes in Other, Neurology
3661 South Miami Avenue; Suite 209
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Horstmyer sees patients in Miami, FL. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Horstmyer average 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Horstmyer's clinical interests: bell's palsy, spinal cord injuries, and migraine. His professional affiliations include Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Horstmyer graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the distinction of South Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, he 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)

Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
7900 South West 57th Avenue; Suite 21
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. David Hoffman works as an adult nephrologist in South Miami, FL and Miami, FL. Dr. Hoffman attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hoffman include hypertension (high blood pressure), lupus, and kidney surgery. He is in-network for 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 Dr. Hoffman has received include 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 West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Surgery, Lupus

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. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Her areas of expertise include the following: facial problems, rosacea, and acne. On average, patients gave Dr. Crowell a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Crowell takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Doctors Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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 honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Zaragoza Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston. 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)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6741 Sw 24 Street; Suite 50 & 51
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Juan Prieto is a general internist. His medical residency was performed at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Ponce and a hospital affiliated with Ponce School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Prieto's clinical interests: bulimia, depression, and hepatitis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Prieto speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Mercy Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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)

Specializes in Neurology
1150 Nw 14th Street
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Amer Malik's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Malik attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah for his residency. His areas of expertise include visual evoked potential test, orthostatic hypotension, and paralysis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Malik accepts. He is affiliated with Swedish Medical Center.

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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)

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3661 S Miami Avenue; #505
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Hernan Baquerizo works as an endocrinologist in Miami, FL. Dr. Baquerizo has a 1.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, Dr. Baquerizo focuses on diabetes, osteoporosis, and graves disease. 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. He attended the University of Guayaquil Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Baquerizo speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
3100 Sw 62 Avenue; Floor 3 Brain Institute
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Parul Jayakar is a specialist in pediatric genetics. Her clinical interests include bell's palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and cystic fibrosis (CF). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. After attending Lady Hardinge Medical College for medical school, Dr. Jayakar completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba. Dr. Jayakar is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. 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 distinctions include: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors.

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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)

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine
9195 Sunset Drive; 210
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Barbara Muina works as an endocrinologist and general internist in Miami, FL. Dr. Muina's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include diabetes, emphysema, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Muina accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Muina attended medical school at the University of Seville Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
7900 Sw 57 Avenue; Suite 21
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Granja specializes in adult nephrology. In Dr. Granja's practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Central University of Ecuador and then went on to complete his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Granja speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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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.
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