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We found 19 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver HMO near Homestead, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4700 N Habana Avenue; Suite 201
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kimberly Smith practices adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include back pain, trigger point injections, and joint injections. Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Smith's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Shoulder Problems, Spinal Stenosis, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Back ... (Read more)

Dr. Harris Hugh McIlwain, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
4700 North Habana Avenue; Suite 201
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Harris McIlwain practices geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. McIlwain's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. 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 studied medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. McIlwain has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. McIlwain is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Tendonitis, Geriatric Health, X-Rays

Dr. Jose Patricio Pizarro Otero, MD
Specializes in Neurology, Sleep Medicine
4102 N. Macdill Avenue; Suite A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jose Pizarro-Otero's specialties are neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and sleep medicine. Dr. Pizarro-Otero has a special interest in attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), sleep apnea, and stroke. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pizarro-Otero accepts. His education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and New York Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Pizarro-Otero is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Multiple Sleep Latency Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Neil Alan Fenske, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
12901 Bruce B Downs Blvd Mdc 79; Department of Derm & Cutaneous Surg
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Neil Fenske is a medical specialist in dermatopathology and surgical dermatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: academic dermatology, nail issues, and phototherapy (light therapy). Dr. Fenske is affiliated with Moffitt Cancer Center, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Patient ratings for Dr. Fenske average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fenske is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fenske's distinctions include: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition; Surgeon of the Year, Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons; and Gustavus Adolphus College Sesquicentennial Award, Gustavus Adolphus. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Cutaneous T-Cell ... (Read more)

Dr. Clifton Lewis Gooch, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
12901 Bruce B.downs Boulevard Mdc55
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Clifton Gooch is a medical specialist in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. These areas are among Dr. Gooch's clinical interests: peripheral neuropathy, immunotherapy, and nerve conduction studies (NCS). He is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gooch honors. Dr. Gooch has received distinctions including Top Doctor 2015, U.S. News and World Report and Castle Connolly; Top Doctor 2014, U.S. News and World Report and Castle Connolly; and Top Doctor 2013, U.S. News and World Report and Castle Connolly. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Immunotherapy, Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Neurological ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Santiago Uribe, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Juan Uribe is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Uribe include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and neuropathic pain. His professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Patients gave Dr. Uribe an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. 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 has received distinctions including Best Research Abstract, Annual SOLAS Meeting and Plantinum Annual Research Award, University of South Florida. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scoliosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Benedict Freeman, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Freeman works as a neurosurgeon in Tampa, FL. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Freeman completed his residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Freeman include scoliosis, laminectomy, and bulging disc. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Freeman takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including The Molly & Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award, American Society of Neural Therapy and Repair; Best Doctors in America, US News and World Reports; and Top 1% of Neurosurgeons in the U.S., US News and World Reports. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Dr. Freeman welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Bone Spurs, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scoliosis, Spinal Instrumentation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thiru S Arasu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Ml King Jr Boulevard; Ms-3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Thiru Arasu, who practices in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests include colonoscopy. On average, patients gave Dr. Arasu a rating of 3.5 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Stanley Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Wyler Children's Hospital for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Arasu is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lara Winters Katzin, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2 Tampa General Circle; Usf Neurology-7th, Floor, Usf Department of Neurology
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lara Katzin, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She obtained her medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Katzin is especially interested in nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and neuropathy (nerve dysfunction). Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. 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 has received distinctions including Board certification, Diplomat, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine; Subspecialty Certification, Neuromuscular Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and Board certification, Diplomat, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Katzin is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Nerve Conduction Studies, Electromyography, Amyotrophic Lateral ... (Read more)

Dr. Isabel Cristina Valencia, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
10500 University Center Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Isabel Valencia is a pediatric dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and surgical dermatologist. Her clinical interests include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. Dr. Valencia is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Valencia honors. Dr. Valencia studied medicine at Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Tropical Skin Diseases, Psoriasis

Dr. Steven Al Proper, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2835 W De Leon Street; Suite 103
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Steven Proper specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Proper speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Proper include contact dermatitis, hair problems, and psoriasis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Proper's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Ml King Jr Boulevard; Ms-3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. Before performing his residency at Kings County Hospital Center, Dr. Narwal attended Government Medical College, Patiala for medical school. 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 speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rosa J Cuenca, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Ms 3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Rosa Cuenca is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cuenca include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Cuenca's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cuenca honors. After attending Central University of the East School of Medicine, Dr. Cuenca completed her residency training at MetroHealth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Paracentesis, Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Arthur J Pedregal, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
4710 N. Habana Avenue; Suite 303, Office of Arthur Pedregal Md
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Arthur Pedregal's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Pedregal include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and trigger point injections. Dr. Pedregal's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Pedregal attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Nerve Conduction Studies, Trigger Point Injections, Back Pain, Alzheimer's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mahendrakumar Mohanlal Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2916 W Waters Avenue; Suite A1
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Mahendrakumar Patel is an internist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Patel include diabetes, joint injections, and lupus. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel attended medical school at the University of Wales College of Medicine. He speaks Gujarati. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Weight Management, Joint Injections

Dr. Jesus Ovidio Navarro, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
4710 N Habana Avenue; Suite 300, Office of Jesus Navarro Md
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jesus Navarro works as an adult nephrologist. He is especially interested in geriatric health, biopsy, and lupus. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Navarro takes. He attended medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus, Biopsy, HIV/AIDS, Geriatric Health

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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.