We found 19 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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

Dr. Arnaldo Torres is an adult rheumatologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Torres include back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Torres 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 HMO. He attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Torres is affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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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 is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Weiss's areas of clinical interest consist of nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and muscular dystrophy. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Weiss is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with 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 practices general internal medicine. Dr. Ananthakrishnan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Stanley Medical College and residency at UPMC Shadyside. She is conversant in Tamil and Malayalam. She is 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's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. She is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Flaherty honors 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: , 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 is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Albert takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He trained at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston for residency. He is conversant in French. Dr. Albert is professionally affiliated with 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 specializes in adult hospital medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Gulfport, FL. These areas are among Dr. Cherukuri's clinical interests: depression, heart problems, and hernia. She 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. She attended medical school at Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Cherukuri trained at Long Island College Hospital. Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. Dr. Cherukuri is 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 practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Nashed (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and French. He has a special interest in total joint replacement and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Nashed is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 works as a neurologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Franklin graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. His areas of expertise include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and migraine. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Franklin honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Franklin is professionally 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 is a neurologist. In addition to English, he speaks Portuguese. Dr. Desousa is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Goa Medical College and residency at DMC Harper University Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Desousa average 4.0 stars out of 5. 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: , 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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In Dr. Arasu's practice, he is particularly interested in colonoscopy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Arasu attended Stanley Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Wyler Children's Hospital for residency. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Harish J Patel, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
5649 49th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Harish Patel is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Gujarati and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. Before completing his residency at Howard University Hospital, Dr. Patel attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel takes several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Depression, Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Elbow Problems, Shoulder ... (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 practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Saint Petersburg, FL. Before performing her residency at UNC Hospitals, Dr. Paganini attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. Dr. Paganini accepts 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, Dr. Paganini 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's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). After attending Sindh Medical College for medical school, Dr. Khamisani completed his residency training at Nassau University Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, sleep disorders, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). Patient ratings for Dr. Khamisani average 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Khamisani is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Khamisani (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is professionally 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 areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Nematbakhsh's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital. He 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. He is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Nematbakhsh trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland 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 sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include hepatitis, lupus, and auto injuries. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Shah takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She attended B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad for medical school and subsequently trained at Christ Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Saint Peterburg, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Matos-Rodriguez is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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