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We found 21 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Premier near Gainesville, FL.

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. His areas of clinical interest consist of polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sobel is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) for residency. 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. Westley Hubbard Reeves, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Wesley Reeves works as an adult rheumatologist in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Reeves's areas of expertise include the following: scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. After attending Yale School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Staud include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Staud takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Free University of Berlin and Humboldt University of Berlin. For his residency, Dr. Staud trained at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Staud has received the distinction of UF Research Professor. 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: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Scleroderma, Complex Regional Pain ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Paulette Hahn's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Hahn has indicated that her clinical interests include scleroderma. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She graduated from East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Hahn 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: , scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma

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

Dr. Michael Bubb is an adult rheumatologist in Gainesville, FL. In his practice, Dr. Bubb focuses on osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). 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 Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Bubb attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 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: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

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

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

Dr. Newton Edwards' specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Edwards include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and wegener's granulomatosis. He honors 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 Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Creighton 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: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

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

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

Dr. John Massini is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Massini's areas of clinical interest consist of psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. 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. Massini 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

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 dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Dr. Ramos-Caro honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Ramos-Caro attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Ramos-Caro'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: , 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 specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Segal's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of glomerulonephritis, lupus nephritis, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). He is affiliated with 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. Segal attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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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 is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include the following: peripheral neuropathy, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and myasthenia gravis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Triggs is in-network for 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 Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Triggs attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

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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 sees patients in Gainesville, FL. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Beerepoot include spinal cord tumor, multiple sclerosis (MS), and chemotherapy. Dr. Beerepoot takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for residency. Dr. Beerepoot is conversant in Dutch. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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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 dermatologist in Gainesville, FL. 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, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium. He has received the following distinctions: Professional Memberships; Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology 1987- present; and Association of Professors of Dermatology 2003-present. 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: , 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 pediatric endocrinologist in Gainesville, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Rivkees include graves disease. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and Orlando Health. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. Rivkees attended medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). 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.

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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. His clinical interests include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Dr. Vincek honors United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. 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: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Dermatomyositis, Vitiligo, Cellulitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Contact ... (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 dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Longo-Imedio 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 Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Longo-Imedio is 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 Ellen Elder, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Melissa Elder practices pediatric rheumatology in Gainesville, FL. These areas are among her clinical interests: dermatomyositis, wegener's granulomatosis, and scleroderma. She is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Dr. Elder obtained her medical school training at the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. The average patient rating for Dr. Elder is 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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.