We found 18 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Everyday Health near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Arnaldo Torres, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Arnaldo Torres specializes in adult rheumatology. Patients gave Dr. Torres an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. He is professionally affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Back Pain, Osteoporosis, Joint Injections

Dr. Allan Stuart Weiss, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Allan Weiss specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and muscular dystrophy. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Weiss honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Weiss graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Muscular Dystrophy, Carpal ... (Read more)

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan Iyer, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
218 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 218
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan is a general internist in Palm Harbor, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Stanley Medical College for medical school, Dr. Ananthakrishnan completed her residency training at UPMC Shadyside. She is conversant in Tamil and Malayalam. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Flu Shot, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisa Ann Flaherty, DO
Specializes in Neurology
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Lisa Flaherty is a neurologist. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Flaherty accepts. Dr. Flaherty is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Laminotomy, Laminoplasty, Cluster Headache, Radiculopathy, Lower Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anthony Stanek Albert, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Albert's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. He studied medicine at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Albert completed his residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Albert's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Arm Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, ACL ... (Read more)

Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi Cherukuri, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics
218 Pasadena Avenue S
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri is a specialist in adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Her areas of expertise include depression, heart problems, and hernia. Dr. Cherukuri 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. Before performing her residency at Long Island College Hospital, Dr. Cherukuri attended Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College for medical school. Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Flu Shot, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Burns, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafat Saad Nashed, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Rafat Nashed works as an orthopedist. These areas are among Dr. Nashed's clinical interests: total joint replacement and orthopedic surgery. He accepts 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 SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Nashed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Arm Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, ACL Injury, Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Arnold Franklin, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Franklin specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Franklin's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and migraine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Franklin speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Neuromuscular Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Sleep ... (Read more)

Dr. Garcia Jose De Sousa, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3334 66th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Garcia Desousa's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Desousa has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at DMC Harper University Hospital, Dr. Desousa attended medical school at Goa Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Desousa speaks Portuguese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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

All Interests: Cluster Headache, Radiculopathy, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thiru S Arasu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
501 Dr Ml King Jr Street S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thiru Arasu practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Arasu speaks Spanish. He is especially interested in colonoscopy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and All Children's Hospital. Dr. Arasu obtained his medical school training at Stanley Medical College and performed his residency at Wyler Children's Hospital. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 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. Arasu accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cynthia Anderson Paganini, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
4200 54th Avenue S; Edmundson Hall
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Cynthia Paganini sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her medical specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Her areas of expertise include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Paganini's education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at UNC Hospitals. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Herpes, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Lupus, Alzheimer's Disease, Hepatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Saleem R Khamisani, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Saleem Khamisani is a neurologist. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Khamisani's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, sleep disorders, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khamisani graduated from Sindh Medical College and then he performed his residency at Nassau University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Khamisani (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Movement Disorders, Stroke, Back Pain, Transient Ischemic Attack, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Ahmad Reza Reza Nematbakhsh, DO
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5880 49th Street N.; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ahmadreza Nematbakhsh's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Nematbakhsh takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Arm Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Kyphoplasty, Wrist Fracture, Sports Health, Shoulder ... (Read more)

Dr. Sonal N Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6450 38th Avenue N; Suite 100
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sonal Shah's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Before completing her residency at Christ Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Shah attended medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. Her clinical interests include hepatitis, lupus, and auto injuries. Her average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hepatitis, Auto Injuries, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Dizziness, Immunization, Women's ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer E Matos-Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Neurology
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Matos-Rodriguez is a neurologist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Saint Peterburg, FL. Dr. Matos-Rodriguez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Matos-Rodriguez's professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Visual Evoked Potential Test, Cluster Headache, Intraoperative Monitoring, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
4957 38th Avenue N; Suite A
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Brian Kagan practices general pediatrics. Patients gave Dr. Kagan an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, he performed his residency at All Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He is conversant in Hebrew. Dr. Kagan is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Cervix Problems, Immunization, Eating Disorders, Circumcision, Conjunctivitis, ... (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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