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 specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Sobel's areas of expertise include the following: polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. His professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. 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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Sobel attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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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 practices adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise consist of scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Reeves 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 obtained his medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Columbia 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: , 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 Gainesville, FL physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Staud include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis. His hospital/clinic 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, Dr. Staud 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 honors. He 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)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Paulette Hahn is a Gainesville, FL physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in scleroderma. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Hahn attended medical school at East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. She 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.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma

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

Dr. Newton Edwards is a Gainesville, FL physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Edwards's clinical interests include 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. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University for residency. 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, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

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

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

Dr. Michael Bubb's specialty is adult rheumatology. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Bubb attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His clinical interests include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Bubb 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 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 works as a rheumatologist in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Massini has a special interest in psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Massini accepts. He 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. Dr. Massini'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

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 sees patients in Gainesville, FL. His medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). His clinical interests include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. He honors 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 attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ramos-Caro completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. 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: , 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 an adult nephrologist. Dr. Segal graduated from 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. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Segal accepts. 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: , 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. These areas are among Dr. Triggs's clinical interests: peripheral neuropathy, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and myasthenia gravis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. 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: , 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 is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Gainesville, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Beerepoot include spinal cord tumor, multiple sclerosis (MS), and chemotherapy. Dr. Beerepoot is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). 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. Beerepoot graduated from the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He speaks Dutch.

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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. Clinical interests for Dr. Wesson include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Dr. Wesson honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. After completing medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium. 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. He studied medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Rivkees trained at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rivkees include graves disease. Dr. Rivkees is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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. He is professionally 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, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in dermatopathology. Clinical interests for Dr. Vincek include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for his residency. United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vincek takes.

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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's area of specialization is pediatric rheumatology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Elder's clinical interests include dermatomyositis, wegener's granulomatosis, and scleroderma. She 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. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Elder trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. She is 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

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

Dr. Maria Longo-Imedio specializes in dermatology (skin disorders) and practices in Gainesville, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Longo-Imedio include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Dr. Longo-Imedio is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Longo-Imedio studied medicine at 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)

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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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