We found 21 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 100/1000 near Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Eric Scott Sobel, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Eric Sobel specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Gainesville, FL. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Sobel attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Sobel's areas of expertise include polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sobel accepts. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Polymyositis

Dr. Westley Hubbard Reeves, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Wesley Reeves' medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reeves include scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Reeves takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Yale School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University. His professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, autoimmune disorders, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Scleroderma, Lupus, Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Dr. Roland Staud, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Roland Staud's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Staud accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Free University of Berlin and Humboldt University of Berlin and performed his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Staud has received professional recognition including the following: UF Research Professor. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Scleroderma, Complex Regional Pain ... (Read more)

Dr. Newton Lawrence Edwards, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Newton Edwards works as a rheumatologist in Gainesville, FL. His areas of expertise consist of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and wegener's granulomatosis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University, Dr. Edwards attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. 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: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wegener's Granulomatosis, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Paulette Christine Hahn, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Paulette Hahn's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include scleroderma. Dr. Hahn's professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Hahn trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma

Dr. Michael Raymond Bubb, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Michael Bubb's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Bubb has a special interest in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). His professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. 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. Dr. Bubb graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for his residency.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Osteoarthritis

Dr. John Paul Massini, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. John Massini sees patients in Gainesville, FL. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. He is especially interested in psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Massini is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. 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. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Gout

Dr. Francisco Antonio Ramos-Caro, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Francisco Ramos-Caro's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Clinical interests for Dr. Ramos-Caro include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Ramos-Caro graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. In addition to English, Dr. Ramos-Caro speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Cellulitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Rashes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Stuart Segal, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Mark Segal's area of specialization is adult nephrology. His clinical interests include glomerulonephritis, lupus nephritis, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Segal takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Segal's professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Kidney Problems, Lupus Nephritis, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. William Joseph Triggs, MD
Specializes in Neurology
Univ of Fl - Department of Neurology; Box 100236 Ufhsc
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. William Triggs' specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include peripheral neuropathy, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Triggs's professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. He attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Triggs honors.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Myositis, Electromyography, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lucas Jurgen Beerepoot, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Lucas Beerepoot is a neurologist. In addition to English, he speaks Dutch. His areas of expertise include spinal cord tumor, multiple sclerosis (MS), and chemotherapy. Dr. Beerepoot is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). He obtained his medical school training at the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Beerepoot at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Spine Tumor, Epilepsy, Brain Tumor, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Chemotherapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stanton King Wesson, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Stanton Wesson is a physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). He attended Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium for residency. His areas of expertise include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Dr. Wesson 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. He has received distinctions including Professional Memberships; Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology 1987- present; and Association of Professors of Dermatology 2003-present. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Cellulitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Rashes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Andrews Rivkees, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Scott Rivkees is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. In Dr. Rivkees's practice, he is particularly interested in 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. Rivkees accepts. He graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and then he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Named "One of America's Top Pediatricians"; US Senate, Expert for Children and Families Subcommittee; and Rutgers University George H. Cook Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Rivkees's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Graves Disease

Dr. Vladimir Vincek, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Vladimir Vincek practices dermatopathology in Gainesville, FL. These areas are among Dr. Vincek's clinical interests: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. He accepts United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare Bronze, and more. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for his residency. Dr. Vincek's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Dermatomyositis, Vitiligo, Cellulitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Contact ... (Read more)

Dr. Melissa Ellen Elder, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Melissa Elder specializes in pediatric rheumatology. Dr. Elder studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Her areas of expertise include the following: dermatomyositis, wegener's granulomatosis, and scleroderma. The average patient rating for Dr. Elder is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Elder takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Scleroderma, Wegener's Granulomatosis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Dr. Renee Frances Modica, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Renee Modica is a pediatric rheumatologist. Her education and training includes medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at Orlando Health. These areas are among Dr. Modica's clinical interests: dermatomyositis, wegener's granulomatosis, and scleroderma. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Modica takes. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Scleroderma, Wegener's Granulomatosis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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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.