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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 is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Foulk's areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. He takes 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 Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. Dr. Foulk speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Florida Hospital Kissimmee. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Prosthetics, Arm Fracture, Femur Fracture, Fibula Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Tibia Fracture, Sports ... (Read more)

Dr. Fernando A Gonzales-Portillo, MD
Specializes in Neurology
720 W Oak Street; #309
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Gonzales-Portillo is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He studied medicine at Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Gonzales-Portillo's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gonzales-Portillo takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include 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. Harald J Henningsen, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
604 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Harald Henningsen practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Tripler Army Medical Center for residency. Patients gave Dr. Henningsen an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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

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

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

Dr. Muhammad Khan sees patients in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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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. Muhammad A Hizkil, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
802 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Hizkil specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Hizkil's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He is a graduate of Dow Medical College. Dr. Hizkil's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. Dr. Hizkil (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Mamta Ved Vijayvargiya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
737 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Mamta Vijayvargiya is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Vijayvargiya honors Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) and then she performed her residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Liver Cancer, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, Stem ... (Read more)

Dr. Jorge Guillermo Otoya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
737 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Otoya is a hematologist and adult oncologist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in bone marrow biopsy. Dr. Otoya takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Otoya attended medical school at National University of San Marcos. His residency was performed at St. Francis Hospital. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Otoya is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

All Interests: Gallbladder Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Larynx Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Oral ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Paul Sovran is a geriatrician and aerospace medicine specialist in Kissimmee, FL. He graduated from New York Medical College. His residency was performed at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. On average, patients gave Dr. Sovran a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sovran honors Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is 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 physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gordon takes. Dr. Gordon studied medicine at New York Medical College. Dr. Gordon's medical residency was performed at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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

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

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
604 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Michael Karr's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Karr at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is affiliated with 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. Karr honors. He obtained his medical school training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and performed his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

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

All Interests: Arm Fracture, Revision Elbow Arthroplasty, Fibula Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Tibia Fracture, Lamina ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Yassar Chakfe's specialties are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He practices in Orlando, FL. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chakfe is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Chakfe attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Chakfe (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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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.
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