We found 11 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum 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 is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He works in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Foulk include arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. Dr. Foulk is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. 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 an open panel. He graduated from Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Foulk trained at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Foulk speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Mamta Vijayvargiya sees patients in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. Her medical specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Vijayvargiya's professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. She graduated from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER). Her residency was performed at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. She honors Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

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

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

Dr. Muhammad Hizkil's specialty is general internal medicine. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. On average, patients gave Dr. Hizkil a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hizkil (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with 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, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
604 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Michael Karr sees patients in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. His medical specialty is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. Dr. Karr attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. His areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Karr 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: Arm Fracture, Revision Elbow Arthroplasty, Fibula Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Tibia Fracture, Lamina ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Harald Henningsen sees patients in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Henningsen takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He trained at Tripler Army Medical Center for residency. He is professionally 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: Arm Fracture, Femur Fracture, Fibula Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Tibia Fracture, Shoulder Fracture, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Fernando Gonzales-Portillo, who practices in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Gonzales-Portillo is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Gonzales-Portillo attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school. He is conversant in 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's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Khan (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. His education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khan takes.

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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. 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. He works in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Gordon is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. He speaks Spanish.

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

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

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

Dr. Yassar Chakfe is a neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Dr. Chakfe's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Chakfe graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. 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)

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

Dr. Jorge Otoya works as an adult hematologist and oncologist. Dr. Otoya graduated from National University of San Marcos and then he performed his residency at St. Francis Hospital. His clinical interests encompass bone marrow biopsy. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating 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. Otoya honors. He speaks Spanish. He 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. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center. He attended medical school at New York Medical College. Dr. Sovran's training includes a residency program at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, lupus

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