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We found 8 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions All Copay near Kissimmee, FL.

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Dr. David Michael Foulk, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
604 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. David Foulk, who practices in Kissimmee, FL, Tallahassee, FL, and Saint Cloud, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Foulk is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Foulk include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He is a graduate of Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Foulk's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. 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 welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Femur Fracture, Fibula Fracture, Tibia Fracture, Sports Health, Shoulder Fracture, Knee Fracture, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Alan Karr, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
604 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Michael Karr specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Karr include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He studied medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Karr's training includes a residency program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Prosthetics, Adhesive Capsulitis, Arm Fracture, Revision Elbow Arthroplasty, Fibula Fracture, Ankle ... (Read more)

Dr. Harald James Henningsen, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
604 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Harald Henningsen is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Kissimmee, FL, Tallahassee, FL, and Saint Cloud, FL. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Henningsen accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and performed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center. Dr. Henningsen is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Adhesive Capsulitis, Femur Fracture, Fibula Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Tibia Fracture, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Fernando A Gonzales-Portillo, MD
Specializes in Neurology
720 West Oak Street; Suite 150
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Gonzales-Portillo's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Gonzales-Portillo has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Cayetano Heredia University, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Radiculopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, ... (Read more)

Dr. Muhammad Amir Khan, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Internal Medicine
802 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Khan works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Kissimmee, FL, Tallahassee, FL, and Saint Cloud, FL. He is a graduate of Dow Medical College. He trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for residency. Dr. Khan takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Dr. Khan (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, PET Scan, Irritable ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul David Sovran, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Aerospace Medicine
211 East Ruby Avenue
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Paul Sovran practices geriatrics (elderly care) and aerospace medicine. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, he performed his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sovran is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sovran is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, lupus

All Interests: Graves Disease, Restless Leg Syndrome, Nosebleeds, Atrial Fibrillation, Dizziness, Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott S Gordon, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
604 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Scott Gordon is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients rated Dr. Gordon highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gordon honors. He attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York for residency. Dr. Gordon is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Adhesive Capsulitis, Ankle Sprain, Wrist Fracture, Lamina Procedures, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Yassar Chakfe, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
4248 Town Center Boulevard; Suite 2
Orlando, FL
 

Dr. Yassar Chakfe is a physician who specializes in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chakfe accepts. Dr. Chakfe attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. Dr. Chakfe (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Chakfe is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Radiculopathy, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Sleep Apnea, ... (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.