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We found 56 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 pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Rivas-Chacon is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rivas-Chacon's areas of expertise consist of lupus and carpal tunnel syndrome. His professional affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Mount Carmel Health System, Dr. Rivas-Chacon attended the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine for medical school.

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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 (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. These areas are among Dr. Stoik's clinical interests: knee problems, migraine, and osteoporosis. Her hospital/clinic 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 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 nephrotic syndrome. Dr. Agrawal is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her residency was performed at Easton Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, scleroderma

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

Dr. Susana M Leal Khouri, MD
Specializes in Clinical Pathology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2750 Sw 37th Avenue; Floor 1
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Susana Leal-Khouri, who practices in Key Biscayne, FL, Miami, FL, and Tavernier, FL, is a medical specialist in clinical pathology, pediatric dermatology, and dermatopathology. Dr. Leal-Khouri (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Leal-Khouri's clinical interests include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. She is affiliated with Mariners Hospital. She obtained her medical school training at National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and performed her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Patient reviews placed Dr. Leal-Khouri at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She has received distinctions including South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. David Hoffman's medical specialty is adult nephrology. His clinical interests encompass hypertension (high blood pressure), lupus, and kidney surgery. Dr. Hoffman is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training 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. Dr. Hoffman is conversant in 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, Kidney Surgery, Lupus

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1611 Nw 12th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Clinical interests for Dr. Nydia Martinez Galvis include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), lung cancer, and shortness of breath (dyspnea). On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Martinez Galvis takes. She attended Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic Florida for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

Dr. Michael Charles Margulies, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
8940 N Kendall Drive; Suite 704e
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Michael Margulies specializes in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology and practices in Miami, FL. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Margulies include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. He is an in-network provider for AvMed, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Margulies's education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Acne, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Horstmyer is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Horstmyer's areas of expertise include bell's palsy, spinal cord injuries, and migraine. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Horstmyer performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the distinction of South Florida Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic 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. Junhee Lee, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
8940 North Kendall Drive; Suite 400-e
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Junhee Lee practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Miami, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: 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 attended Yale School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University for residency. He accepts 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.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

Dr. Vitor Filipa Weinman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
401 Coral Way; Suite 207
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Vitor Weinman's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology. Dr. Weinman studied medicine at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His residency was performed at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. These areas are among his clinical interests: contact dermatitis, hair problems, and acne. He has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Weinman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Dr. Weinman is professionally affiliated with Doctors Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Spider Veins, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

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 areas of expertise include osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. Dr. Paredes is affiliated with 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. She is accepting new patients. She graduated from Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Paredes's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Lupus, Kidney Problems, Osteoporosis

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

Dr. Juan Prieto's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include bulimia, depression, and hepatitis. Dr. Prieto's hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Mercy Hospital. He completed his residency training at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Ponce and a hospital affiliated with Ponce School of Medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Prieto a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Prieto 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)

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

Dr. Jorge Beato practices cardiology (heart disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include knee problems, migraine, and depression. Dr. Beato is professionally affiliated with Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital. Dr. Beato graduated from the University of Zaragoza Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston for residency. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, lupus

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

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. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: bell's palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Jayakar is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended Lady Hardinge Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba. Dr. Jayakar has received distinctions including 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)

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

Dr. Carlos Granja is a nephrologist. He is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. Dr. Granja is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Dr. Granja attended Central University of Ecuador for medical school and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. He is an in-network provider for 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

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Specializes in Dermatopathology
1295 North West 14th Street; Suite K - M
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Paolo Romanelli specializes in dermatopathology. In his practice, Dr. Romanelli focuses on cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and psoriasis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Romanelli accepts. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Romanelli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Issues, Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

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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.