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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 practices adult rheumatology in Gainesville, FL. His areas of expertise include polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Sobel 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 Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Sobel completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC).

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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' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Reeves include scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Reeves's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University. Dr. Reeves accepts 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, 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 is an adult rheumatology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Staud include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Staud's professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. After completing medical school at Free University of Berlin and Humboldt University of Berlin, he performed his residency at Englewood Hospital and 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. Staud takes. Dr. Staud has received the following distinction: UF Research Professor.

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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 specializes in adult rheumatology. His areas of clinical interest consist of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and wegener's granulomatosis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University, Dr. Edwards attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Edwards 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, 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 specialty is adult rheumatology. She is especially interested in scleroderma. Dr. Hahn takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. She 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: , 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. His areas of expertise include the following: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Bubb studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Bubb trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. 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, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Massini attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for residency. He is especially interested in psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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

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, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Ramos-Caro's 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. His areas of expertise include the following: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. 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. 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. Mark Stuart Segal, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Mark Segal is a nephrologist in Gainesville, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Segal include glomerulonephritis, lupus nephritis, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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. 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: , 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 neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. His clinical interests include peripheral neuropathy, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and myasthenia gravis. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Triggs accepts. He studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Triggs's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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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's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In addition to English, he speaks Dutch. Areas of expertise for Dr. Beerepoot include spinal cord tumor, multiple sclerosis (MS), and chemotherapy. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). Before completing his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dr. Beerepoot attended medical school at the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Beerepoot 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.

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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 works as a dermatologist. His clinical interests include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Dr. Wesson's professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wesson honors. Before performing his residency at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium, Dr. Wesson attended Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wesson include: Professional Memberships; Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology 1987- present; and Association of Professors of Dermatology 2003-present.

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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' area of specialization is 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 takes. After completing medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He has received the following distinctions: 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 professional 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 is a dermatopathology specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Dr. Vincek's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare Bronze.

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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 and practices in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Elder has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Elder include dermatomyositis, wegener's granulomatosis, and scleroderma. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). She 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. 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.

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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's area of specialization is pediatric rheumatology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include dermatomyositis, wegener's granulomatosis, and scleroderma. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Modica attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She trained at Orlando Health for residency. Dr. Modica's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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.