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We found 14 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Open Access near Largo, FL.

Dr. Eugenia R Rullan-Bidot, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Eugenia Rullanbidot's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among her clinical interests: back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. Dr. Rullanbidot is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Monmouth Medical Center for residency. Dr. Rullanbidot is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

Dr. Adam Michael Rosen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Adam Rosen practices adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Rosen is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rosen's areas of expertise include back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for residency. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Louis Digiovanni, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
13644 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Robert Digiovanni is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Largo, FL. His education and training includes medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Largo Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Digiovanni is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Raynaud's, Vasculitis, Sjogren's ... (Read more)

Dr. Edison Ngo Tan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Edison Tan is a general internist. He obtained his medical school training at International and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. His areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. Patients gave Dr. Tan an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Filipino.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement ... (Read more)

Dr. Stuart Evan Sinoff, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
430 Morton Plant Street; Balance Disorders Clinic Suite 402
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Stuart Sinoff specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Clearwater, FL and Bay Pines, FL. Dr. Sinoff is rated highly by his patients. He has a special interest in dizziness, multiple sclerosis (MS), and sleep apnea. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Sinoff graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Vertigo, Eye Problems, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. Ali Mohamad Saifi, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ali Saifi's area of specialization is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Saifi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Portuguese. His clinical interests include alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. He obtained his medical school training at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network 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: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Ana Belen Charles, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine
612 Druid Road East; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ana May is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in family medicine and hospital medicine (hospitalist). Dr. May (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Greek. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and cryotherapy. Dr. May is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. She graduated from the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. May accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ralph Albert Rophie, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1239 Ewing Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Ralph Rophie works as a family practice physician. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include cryotherapy, nutrition counseling, and hepatitis. Dr. Rophie is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rophie accepts. After attending Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mount Carmel Health System. In addition to English, Dr. Rophie speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Maria Cristina Lim Pantaleon, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Maria Pantaleon specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Clearwater, FL. Her areas of expertise include back pain, diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). Dr. Pantaleon is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. After completing medical school at International, she performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. The average patient rating for Dr. Pantaleon is 4.0 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. Pantaleon takes.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Arrhythmias, Lupus, Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Moneer M Mansour, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8787 Bryan Dairy Road; Suite 330
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Moneer Mansour specializes in family medicine and practices in Largo, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Mansour is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mansour's areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and holter monitoring. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at Saint Joseph's Medical Center, Yonkers, Dr. Mansour attended medical school at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Mansour speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohammad Iqbal, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1840 N. Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohammad Iqbal's area of specialization is general internal medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Iqbal completed a residency program at Millard Fillmore Hospitals. Areas of expertise for Dr. Iqbal include back pain, diabetes, and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, United Healthcare HSA, and more. He is affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Holter Monitoring, Diabetes, Arrhythmias, Attention Deficit Disorder, Lupus, Back Pain, Infections, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente is an internal medicine hospitalist. On average, patients gave Dr. Saccente a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include diabetes, alcohol abuse, and geriatric health. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute for residency. Dr. Saccente is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Howard Evan Feingold, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
516 Lakeview Road; Suite 4
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Howard Feingold is an internal medicine hospitalist. These areas are among Dr. Feingold's clinical interests: alcohol abuse, hepatitis, and lupus. Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Feingold takes. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Hepatitis, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hospital ... (Read more)

Dr. Walter J Kay, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
818 Chestnut Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Walter Kay is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kay include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes, Attention Deficit Disorder, Lupus, ... (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.