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We found 23 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's specialty is adult rheumatology. His areas of clinical interest consist of polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sobel accepts. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). 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 is an adult rheumatology specialist in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Reeves's areas of expertise include scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). 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 a graduate of Yale School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University. Dr. Reeves'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: , 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 a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Staud studied medicine at Free University of Berlin and Humboldt University of Berlin. He completed his residency training 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 several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the following distinction: UF Research Professor. Dr. Staud'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: 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. 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. She is especially interested in scleroderma. Dr. Hahn accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Hahn is 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 practices adult rheumatology in Gainesville, FL. His areas of expertise include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Bubb is professionally 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. Bubb takes. Dr. Bubb attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Edwards include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and wegener's granulomatosis. Dr. Edwards accepts 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. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University for his residency. Dr. Edwards'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: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

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

Dr. Francisco Antonio Ramos-Caro, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Francisco Ramos-Caro works as a dermatologist in Gainesville, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ramos-Caro include rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. 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. Ramos-Caro obtained his medical school training at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Ramos-Caro'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, Hair Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mark Segal, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Segal studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Areas of expertise for Dr. Segal include glomerulonephritis, lupus nephritis, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). The average patient rating for Dr. Segal is 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. Dr. Segal'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: , 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 works as a neurologist in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Triggs studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Areas of expertise for Dr. Triggs include peripheral neuropathy, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and myasthenia gravis. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. 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: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

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

Dr. Ann Allisa Bauernfiend, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
1601 S.w. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Ann Church is a medical specialist in dermatopathology. These areas are among her clinical interests: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Church takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Church attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Stanton Wesson, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology. Dr. Wesson's areas of expertise include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and phototherapy (light therapy). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wesson accepts. After attending Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium. Dr. Wesson 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. 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 specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Gainesville, FL. He attended the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Beerepoot include spinal cord tumor, multiple sclerosis (MS), and chemotherapy. Dr. Beerepoot is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He 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. He is conversant in Dutch. Dr. Beerepoot 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. Scott Andrews Rivkees, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Scott Rivkees is a Gainesville, FL physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rivkees include graves disease. Dr. Rivkees is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and Orlando Health. He is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Rivkees's medical residency was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rivkees honors. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Graves Disease

Dr. Christina Leigh Mitchell, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Christina Mitchell is a surgical dermatology specialist in Gainesville, FL. Her areas of expertise include rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. Dr. Mitchell is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. She attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Mitchell trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center for her residency. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She has received the following distinctions: AOA member, 2004-present; Alumni Scholastic Award, Awarded by University of Florida College of Medicine Alumni; and Southern Medical Association Scholarship.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Cellulitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vladimir Vincek, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Vladimir Vincek is a physician who specializes in dermatopathology. Dr. Vincek's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. His areas of expertise include the following: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vincek accepts. 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 works as a dermatologist in Gainesville, FL. She graduated from Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Dr. Longo-Imedio honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as 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)

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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.