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We found 16 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 is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include back pain, trigger point injections, and joint injections. Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith's education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include 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 is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. Dr. McIlwain is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. McIlwain include diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. McIlwain has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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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 is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and sleep medicine specialist in Tampa, FL, Brandon, FL, and Riverview, FL. He speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), sleep apnea, and stroke. Dr. Pizarro-Otero is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and Brandon Regional Hospital. After completing medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and New York Medical College, Dr. Pizarro-Otero performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes 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
17 Davis Boulevard, Tampa, Floor 33613; 17 Davis Medical Building
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Neil Fenske is a dermatopathology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Fenske average 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fenske include tattoo removal, psoriasis, and cosmetic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Moffitt Cancer Center, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Fenske graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. He has received distinctions including Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition; Surgeon of the Year, Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons; and Gustavus Adolphus College Sesquicentennial Award, Gustavus Adolphus.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Cosmetic Surgery, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, Tattoo Removal, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Clifton Gooch is a physician who specializes in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patients gave Dr. Gooch an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Gooch include peripheral neuropathy, immunotherapy, and nerve conduction studies (NCS). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Gooch obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He 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. His practice is open to 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 specializes in neurosurgery. Dr. Uribe's areas of expertise include the following: scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and neuropathic pain. He is affiliated with 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 rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 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. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Uribe has received include Best Research Abstract, Annual SOLAS Meeting and Plantinum Annual Research Award, University of South Florida. He welcomes 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 sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Freeman's areas of expertise include the following: scoliosis, laminectomy, and bulging disc. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Freeman include: 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. Dr. Freeman's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Dr. Freeman has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Charles William Brock, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3rd Floor, Usf Department of Neurology; 13000 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Charles Brock's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In his practice, Dr. Brock focuses on multiple sclerosis (MS), neuropathic pain, and pain management. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Dr. Brock takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Brock attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management

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

Dr. Thiru Arasu works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Arasu include colonoscopy. Patient ratings for Dr. Arasu average 3.5 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. Arasu takes. Dr. Arasu graduated from Stanley Medical College. He trained at Wyler Children's Hospital for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is 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 sees patients in Tampa, FL. Her medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In her practice, she is particularly interested in nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and neuropathy (nerve dysfunction). Dr. Katzin is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Her distinctions include: 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. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

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

Dr. Nishit Sharadchandra Patel, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
5 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33612
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Nishit Patel is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include the following: rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. 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. His education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Patel is affiliated with Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Atopic Dermatitis, Rosacea, Skin Issues, Melanoma, Cancer Screening, Psoriasis, Vitiligo, Acne

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. Dr. Narwal studied medicine at Government Medical College, Patiala. His residency was performed at Kings County Hospital Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Narwal is 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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cuenca include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. The average patient rating for Dr. Cuenca is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cuenca accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine, she performed her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Cuenca is conversant in Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Mahendrakumar Patel practices general internal medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Patel include diabetes, joint injections, and lupus. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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 graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine. He speaks Gujarati. Dr. Patel's professional affiliations include 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's specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Navarro is conversant in Spanish. He is especially interested in geriatric health, biopsy, and lupus. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. He studied medicine at CETEC University School of Medicine. He 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

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

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 specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Pedregal include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and trigger point injections. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes 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 the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Pedregal attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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