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We found 19 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Miami Beach, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1400 Nw 12th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Neerja Agrawal specializes in adult nephrology. Her clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and nephrotic syndrome. Dr. Agrawal 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. Her residency was performed at Easton Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, scleroderma

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney Injury, ... (Read more)

Dr. Martin Neal Zaiac, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
4308 Alton Road; Suite 750
Miami Beach, FL
 

Dr. Martin Zaiac is a pediatric dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and mohs skin cancer surgeon. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zaiac's areas of expertise include academic dermatology, nail issues, and phototherapy (light therapy). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin, he performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Zaiac has received the following distinctions: South Florida Super Doctors and Florida Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Zaiac is affiliated with Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail ... (Read more)

Dr. Betty Anne Bellman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
4302 Alton Road; Suite 705
Miami Beach, FL
 

Dr. Betty Bellman is a pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology specialist in Miami Beach, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Bellman is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bellman include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Bellman is affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Jackson Memorial Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bellman accepts. Dr. Bellman graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Her distinctions include: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Bellman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

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1611 Nw 12th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Clinical interests for Dr. Nydia Martinez Galvis include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), lung cancer, and shortness of breath (dyspnea). On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 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. Martinez Galvis takes. She attended Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Cleveland Clinic Florida for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Lung Problems, Chest ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Lee Horstmyer, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
3661 South Miami Avenue; Suite 209
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Horstmyer is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Horstmyer's areas of expertise include bell's palsy, spinal cord injuries, and migraine. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes 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 the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Horstmyer performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the distinction of South Florida Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Back Problems, Migraine, Snoring, Neck Problems, Epilepsy, Muscular ... (Read more)

Dr. Parul Bhagwati Jayakar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
3100 Sw 62 Ave - Acb - Brain Institute
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Parul Jayakar sees patients in Miami, FL and Weston, FL. Her medical specialty is pediatric genetics. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: bell's palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Jayakar is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended Lady Hardinge Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba. Dr. Jayakar has received distinctions including Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Autism, Epilepsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, Bell's ... (Read more)

Dr. Marcy Shera Alvarez, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
1111 Lincoln Road; Suite 375
Miami Beach, FL
 

Dr. Marcy Alvarez's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alvarez include contact dermatitis, hair problems, and rosacea. Dr. Alvarez takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before completing her residency at Lutheran Medical Center, Dr. Alvarez attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Rosacea, Acne, Laser Treatment, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Dermatopathology
1600 Nw 10th Avenue; Rmsb Building Room 2023c
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Paolo Romanelli specializes in dermatopathology. In his practice, Dr. Romanelli focuses on cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and psoriasis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Romanelli accepts. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Romanelli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Issues, Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

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Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1444 Nw 9th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Robert Kirsner's specialty is surgical dermatology. Dr. Kirsner is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include academic dermatology and psoriasis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kirsner accepts. He has received distinctions including South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Miami VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Academic Dermatology, Skin Issues

Dr. Stephanie Leigh Duncan-Garcia, MD, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
2701 Sw 3rd Avenue; Suite 101
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Stephanie Duncan-Garcia works as a family practitioner. Patient reviews placed Dr. Duncan-Garcia at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include erectile dysfunction (impotence), migraine, and depression. She is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Duncan-Garcia takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Nova Southeastern University for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Depression, Graves Disease, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypertension, Food Allergy, Migraine, Snoring, ... (Read more)

Dr. Hernan Raul Baquerizo, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3661 South Miami Avenue; Suite 505
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Hernan Baquerizo is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. He speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Baquerizo include diabetes, osteoporosis, and graves disease. Dr. Baquerizo's hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Mercy Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Guayaquil Faculty of Medical Sciences and performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Baquerizo's patients gave him an average rating of 1.0 out of 5 stars. He honors 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: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis

Dr. Brian Jeffrey Katz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
4308 Alton Road; Suite 510
Miami Beach, FL
 

Dr. Brian Katz's area of specialization is pediatric dermatology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. In his practice, Dr. Katz focuses on psoriasis, cosmetic skin treatment, and skin cancer. 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 Gold. He attended Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Psoriasis

Dr. Rosendo Ignacio Collazo, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
336 Nw 5th Street
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Rosendo Collazo's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Before completing his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Collazo attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), graves disease, and liver disease. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Collazo honors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Collazo's hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Graves Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Wounds, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Ramsey Shaya, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1321 Nw 14th Street; Suite 605
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Mark Shaya's area of specialization is neurosurgery. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University, Dr. Shaya attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Shaya's areas of expertise include the following: bell's palsy, spinal cord injuries, and migraine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. AvMed, AARP, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shaya honors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Doctors Hospital and Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Tumor, Sleep Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoporosis, Wrist Problems, Bell's Palsy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1444 Nw 9th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Evan Schlam's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Schlam has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, he is particularly interested in academic dermatology, psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Schlam include: Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Academic Dermatology, Skin Issues

Dr. Fanny Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
2525 Sw 3 Avenue; Unit Cu-1
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Fanny Gonzalez sees patients in Miami, FL and Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Fanny Gonzalez's medical specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Patients rated Dr. Gonzalez highly, giving Dr. Gonzalez an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gonzalez is especially interested in hypertension (high blood pressure), lupus, and kidney problems. Dr. Gonzalez accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gonzalez's education and training includes medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Gonzalez speaks Spanish. Dr. Gonzalez's professional affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Lupus, Kidney Problems

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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.