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We found 20 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 50/5000 near Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Angel F Vidal, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Angel Vidal is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Miami, FL, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Hialeah, FL. He attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia. Dr. Vidal is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Vidal takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Shoulder Problems, Fibromyalgia, Back Problems, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Neck ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
1600 S Andrews Avenue; West Wing
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Gabriel Schnickel works as a general surgeon and transplant surgeon in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Weston, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center. Dr. Schnickel is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Schnickel is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
1600 S Andrews Avenue; West Wing
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Diego Reino is a general surgeon and transplant surgeon. Dr. Reino attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Dr. Julio C Pita Jr., MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Other
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Julio Pita's area of specialization is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. He is especially interested in diabetes, osteoporosis, and graves disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Mercy Hospital. Dr. Pita graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Pita has received distinctions including South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

Dr. Jeffrey Lee Horstmyer, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, 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. Merrick David Elias, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
4610 N Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Merrick Elias' medical specialty is pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Elias include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar and Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Mario Alberto Almeida Suarez, MD
Specializes in Primary Care, Adult Nephrology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Mario Almeida-Suarez works as a primary care doctor and nephrologist in Coral Gables, FL, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Miami, FL. His education and training includes medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine and residency at Woodhull Medical Center. Dr. Almeida-Suarez's areas of expertise consist of hypertension (high blood pressure), lupus, and kidney surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Almeida-Suarez is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Armando E Hernandez Rey, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Armando Hernandez-Rey works as an infertility specialist. Dr. Hernandez-Rey has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), graves disease, and infertility. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Hernandez-Rey accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare HMO. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Central America. He trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Hernandez-Rey (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, lupus

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Infertility, Graves Disease, Hormone Therapy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Manuel Lombillo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Juan Lombillo is a specialist in general surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Lombillo speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS), autism, and breast cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and Baptist Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and a graduate of Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester's residency program. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, Breast Cancer

Dr. Tory Patrick Sullivan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
2500 N Federal Highway; Suite 301
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Tory Sullivan sees patients in North Miami Beach, FL and Fort Lauderdale, FL. His medical specialties are pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. He has a special interest in nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. Dr. Sullivan's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. 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. Sullivan is professionally affiliated with Broward Health Imperial Point.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Psoriasis, Skin of Color

Dr. Carlos Alberto Vazquez, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Vazquez's specialty is general internal medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Vazquez completed a residency program at Jersey City Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: depression, hepatitis, and graves disease. Dr. Vazquez accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Vazquez is professionally affiliated with Kendall Regional Medical Center, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), Graves disease, lupus

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

Dr. Carmen J Ortiz-Butcher, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Carmen Ortiz-Butcher is an adult nephrologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Ortiz-Butcher include diabetes, obesity, and holistic medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ortiz-Butcher honors. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Holistic Medicine, Diabetes, Obesity, Kidney Surgery, Lupus, Menopause, Preventive Care, Weight ... (Read more)

Dr. Luis H Serentill, MD
Specializes in General Surgery
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Luis Serentill works as a general surgeon in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Miami, FL. Dr. Serentill's areas of expertise include ulcers, graves disease, and liver disease. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 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. Serentill honors. Dr. Serentill is a graduate of the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Fairview Hospital's residency program. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Scar Revision, Liver Disease, Hemorrhoids, Cancer, Ulcers, Thyroid Problems, Tumor, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eduardo L Ibarra-Sanchez, MD
Specializes in Neurology
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Eduardo Ibarra-Sanchez is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: bell's palsy, migraine, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ibarra-Sanchez accepts. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Incontinence, Fibromyalgia, Back Problems, Migraine, Neck Problems, Attention ... (Read more)

Dr. Maura Cintas, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Maura Cintas practices general pediatrics in Miami, FL and Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Cintas's clinical interests include acne, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and graves disease. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cintas takes. Dr. Cintas obtained her medical school training at National University of the Northeast (UNNE) Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at Goryeb Children's Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, lupus

All Interests: Graves Disease, Eating Disorders, Parasitic Infection, Preventive Care, Food Allergy, Acne, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1120 Bayview Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Willie Richardson's specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. He attended medical school at East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Dr. Richardson accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser ... (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.