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 physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Sobel has a special interest in polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending 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. Westley Hubbard Reeves, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Wesley Reeves is a Gainesville, FL physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reeves include 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. He obtained his medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University. He takes 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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Staud's areas of expertise include the following: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Staud accepts. Before performing his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Staud attended Free University of Berlin and Humboldt University of Berlin for medical school. He has received the following distinction: 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. Michael Raymond Bubb, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Michael Bubb is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bubb include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He is an in-network provider for 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 professional training, Dr. Bubb completed a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. 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, 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 practices adult rheumatology in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Edwards graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Edwards trained at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University. He is especially interested in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and wegener's granulomatosis. 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. 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, 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 sees patients in Gainesville, FL. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. After attending East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Her clinical interests encompass scleroderma. Dr. Hahn takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Hahn'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: , scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma

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. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Massini attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is especially interested in 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. 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

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 dermatologist. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Dr. Ramos-Caro's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Ramos-Caro attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico for residency. 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.

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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 medical specialist in adult nephrology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include glomerulonephritis, lupus nephritis, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Segal honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Segal 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 specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Gainesville, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: peripheral neuropathy, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and myasthenia gravis. 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. 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. 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. Lucas Jurgen Beerepoot, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Lucas Beerepoot specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: spinal cord tumor, multiple sclerosis (MS), and chemotherapy. Dr. Beerepoot's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. 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. He is a graduate of the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Beerepoot speaks Dutch. He is professionally 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 specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). He attended medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. Dr. Wesson completed his residency training at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium. These areas are among his clinical interests: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Wesson'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. Scott Andrews Rivkees, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Scott Rivkees' specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. Rivkees attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rivkees include 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. 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 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. Vladimir Vincek, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Vladimir Vincek's specialty is dermatopathology. Dr. Vincek trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for residency. His clinical interests include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare Bronze. 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: 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 works as a dermatologist. Dr. Longo-Imedio's areas of expertise include the following: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. She is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Longo-Imedio is a graduate of Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish.

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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, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric rheumatology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Elder include dermatomyositis, wegener's granulomatosis, and scleroderma. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Elder's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. She is professionally 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

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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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