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We found 28 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze near Dunedin, FL.

Dr. Adam Michael Rosen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Adam Rosen is an adult rheumatology specialist in Clearwater, FL. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. Dr. Rosen accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Rosen's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

Dr. Eugenia R Rullan-Bidot, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Eugenia Rullanbidot is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Clearwater, FL. These areas are among Dr. Rullanbidot's clinical interests: back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. She is rated highly by her patients. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rullanbidot attended medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Monmouth Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

Dr. Antony George Sankoorikal, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2655 State Road 580; Suite 201
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Antony Sankoorikal's specialty is adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Sankoorikal is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sankoorikal's clinical interests include fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. He is in-network for 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 Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He speaks Malayalam. Dr. Sankoorikal is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Tatiana Pavlovna Nagibina, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
32615 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 2
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Tatiana Nagibina, who practices in Palm Harbor, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She attended medical school at Minsk State Medical Institute. Dr. Nagibina's areas of expertise include the following: trigger point injections, lupus, and shoulder problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nagibina honors. In addition to English, she speaks Russian. Dr. Nagibina's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Shoulder Problems, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jean-Raphael Raphael Schneider, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
3180 Curlew Road; Suite 201
Oldsmar, FL
 

Dr. Jean-Raphael Schneider works as a neurophysiologist and neurologist. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and performed his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. In his practice, he is particularly interested in multiple sclerosis (MS), neuropathy (nerve dysfunction), and telemedicine. Dr. Schneider takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including 2004-The Medical Knowledge Competency Award; Department Of Neurology, university Of; and Mass. Medical School.. Dr. Schneider (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Schneider's professional affiliations include Winchester Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Neuropathy, Telemedicine, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathy Lynn Anderson, DO
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
510 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Kathy Anderson is a surgical dermatologist in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Anderson's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Anderson accepts. Dr. Anderson studied medicine at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Malden Hospital. She has received the distinction of **other Specialty: Dermatologic Laser Surgery**. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Tampa General Hospital (TGH). Dr. Anderson's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan St. Clair St Clair Roper, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
2467 Enterprise Road, Suite A; Suite A
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Susan Roper is a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Roper average 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Roper include nail issues, cryotherapy, and shingles. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Roper attended Emory University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Roper include: Revlon Dermatology Foundation Grant Fellowship Award, Dermatology Foundation; Chief Resident, Department of Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine; and Surgeon of the Year, Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgery. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Roper's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Skin Cancer, Facial Problems, Spider Veins, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Robert Hamill Jr., MD
Specializes in Other, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
34918 Us Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. John Hamill sees patients in Hudson, FL, Brooksville, FL, and Palm Harbor, FL. His medical specialties are dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Hamill's clinical interests: nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Hamill attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH).

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan Iyer, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2626 Tampa Road; Suite 204
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Ananthakrishnan graduated from Stanley Medical College. She trained at UPMC Shadyside for residency. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She speaks Tamil and Malayalam. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Flu Shot, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Edison Ngo Tan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Edison Tan is an internist. Dr. Tan is conversant in Filipino. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tan include alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. He obtained his medical school training at International and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. The average patient rating for Dr. Tan is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tan is in-network 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: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement ... (Read more)

Dr. George Peter Pavlidakey, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
609 Indian Rocks Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. George Pavlidakey sees patients in Clearwater, FL and Belleair, FL. His medical specialties are pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Pavlidakey average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pavlidakey include nail issues, hair problems, and shingles. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Pavlidakey obtained his medical school training at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Pavlidakey (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Greek, and Polish. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Shingles, Skin Issues, Tropical Skin Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Anthony Laguna, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2725 Park Drive; Suite 5
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Laguna is an internist in Clearwater, FL and Palm Harbor, FL. Dr. Laguna trained at Conemaugh Health System for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Laguna include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Laguna 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, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Bone Density Test, Exercise Stress Test, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Ali Mohamad Saifi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ali Saifi is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Saifi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Portuguese. These areas are among his clinical interests: alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. Dr. Saifi's education and training includes medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. Patient ratings for Dr. Saifi average 4.0 stars out of 5. He 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.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Stuart Evan Sinoff, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
430 Morton Plant Street; Balance Disorders Clinic Suite 402
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Stuart Sinoff's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include dizziness, multiple sclerosis (MS), and sleep apnea. Dr. Sinoff is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Vertigo, Eye Problems, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. Maria Elena Garcia Cardona, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
1801 N. Belcher Road; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Maria Garcia-Cardona is a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist in Clearwater, FL. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: academic dermatology, skin cancer excision, and psoriasis. Dr. Garcia-Cardona honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico for residency. Dr. Garcia-Cardona speaks Spanish. Dr. Garcia-Cardona is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Skin Cancer Excision, Psoriasis, Botox ... (Read more)

Dr. Isabel Cristina Valencia, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
4197 Woodlands Parkway
Palm Harbor, FL
 

Dr. Isabel Valencia is a pediatric dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and surgical dermatologist. Her clinical interests include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. Dr. Valencia is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Valencia honors. Dr. Valencia studied medicine at Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Tropical Skin Diseases, Psoriasis

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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.