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

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

Dr. Roland Staud practices adult rheumatology in Gainesville, FL. He studied medicine at Free University of Berlin and Humboldt University of Berlin. Dr. Staud's medical residency was performed at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. His clinical interests include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis. He 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. Dr. Staud has received the following distinction: 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: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Eric Sobel works as a rheumatologist in Gainesville, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sobel include polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Sobel attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Sobel'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: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

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

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

Dr. N. Edwards practices adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and wegener's granulomatosis. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Edwards performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University. 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: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

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

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Paulette Hahn works as a rheumatologist in Gainesville, FL. She studied medicine at East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Hahn completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Hahn's clinical interests include scleroderma. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her 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: , scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma

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

Dr. Westley Reeves is a rheumatologist. Dr. Reeves's areas of clinical interest consist of scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Yale School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University for residency. 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: , lupus, autoimmune disorders, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

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

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

Dr. Michael Bubb's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Bubb's areas of clinical interest consist of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Bubb takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 is an adult rheumatology specialist in Gainesville, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Massini include psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Massini honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Massini completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. 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: , psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

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 is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). His education and training includes medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Ramos-Caro's areas of expertise include the following: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Ramos-Caro is conversant in Spanish. 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. Lucas Jurgen Beerepoot, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Lucas Beerepoot is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Dr. Beerepoot is conversant in Dutch. These areas are among his clinical interests: spinal cord tumor, multiple sclerosis (MS), and chemotherapy. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Dr. Beerepoot's education and training includes medical school at the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Medicine and residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Beerepoot is 3.0 stars out of 5. 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: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizure, Spine Tumor, Epilepsy, Brain Tumor, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mark Segal is an adult nephrology specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Segal has a special interest in glomerulonephritis, lupus nephritis, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

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

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

Dr. Stanton Wesson is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Clinical interests for Dr. Wesson include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wesson 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. Dr. Wesson's distinctions include: 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, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Rivkees's areas of expertise include graves disease. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and Orlando Health. He attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for medical school and subsequently trained at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School for residency. Dr. Rivkees takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Rivkees 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.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Graves Disease

Dr. Cheri Nicole Adgerson, MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Internal Medicine
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Cheri Adgerson is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Adgerson's clinical interests include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. She 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. She studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Adgerson completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Her professional 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. William Joseph Triggs, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. William Triggs is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: peripheral neuropathy, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Triggs's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Triggs trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for his 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.

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

Dr. Melissa Elder's areas of specialization are pediatric immunology and pediatric rheumatology; she sees patients in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Elder has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She has indicated that her clinical interests include dermatomyositis, wegener's granulomatosis, and scleroderma. She is affiliated with UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Elder graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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

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

Dr. Anil Kumar Sharma, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1515 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Anil Sharma works as an adult gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Sharma include acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Sharma is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health), North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, and NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Guru Nanak Dev University and Government Medical College, Amritsar. In addition to English, Dr. Sharma (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Acid Reflux

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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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