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

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

Dr. Roland Staud's specialty is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include the following: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Staud accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Free University of Berlin and Humboldt University of Berlin and then went on to complete his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Staud has received the distinction of UF Research Professor. 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: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

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

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

Dr. Eric Sobel is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sobel include polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Sobel is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). 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: 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. Dr. Edwards is especially interested in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and wegener's granulomatosis. His professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University. He honors 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, 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 is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Hahn include scleroderma. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Hahn accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center.

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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 works as an adult rheumatologist in Gainesville, FL. He obtained his medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University. He has indicated that his clinical interests include scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Reeves accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Reeves 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 specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Gainesville, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bubb include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. Dr. Bubb 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, 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's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise consist of psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. His professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Massini obtained his medical school training at the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. 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

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 medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). These areas are among his clinical interests: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Dr. Ramos-Caro 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 completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Ramos-Caro attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Ramos-Caro is conversant in 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. Lucas Jurgen Beerepoot, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Lucas Beerepoot works as a neurologist. Dr. Beerepoot is conversant in Dutch. His areas of expertise include spinal cord tumor, multiple sclerosis (MS), and chemotherapy. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). He attended medical school at the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Beerepoot trained at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for his residency. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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

Dr. Mark Segal works as a nephrologist. Dr. Segal's clinical interests include glomerulonephritis, lupus nephritis, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. On average, patients gave Dr. Segal a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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.

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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 dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. Dr. Wesson's areas of expertise include the following: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is a graduate of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and a graduate of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium's residency program. He has received professional recognition including the following: Professional Memberships; Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology 1987- present; and Association of Professors of Dermatology 2003-present. Dr. Wesson'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: 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. In his practice, Dr. Rivkees focuses on graves disease. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for medical school, Dr. Rivkees completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Rivkees 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. He is affiliated with 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. William Joseph Triggs, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. William Triggs' area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include peripheral neuropathy, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Triggs takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Triggs'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: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

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

Dr. Maria Isabel Longo-Imedio, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
2000 Sw Archer Road; 3rd Floor
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Maria Longo-Imedio is a physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). She graduated from Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Longo-Imedio's clinical interests: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Longo-Imedio is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Melissa Elder's specialty is pediatric rheumatology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Elder is especially interested in dermatomyositis, wegener's granulomatosis, and scleroderma. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Dr. Elder accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She completed her residency training 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 is a Gainesville, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Sharma include acid reflux (GERD). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sharma studied medicine at Guru Nanak Dev University and Government Medical College, Amritsar. Dr. Sharma (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu and Hindi. 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: , 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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