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We found 22 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 a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Torres's clinical interests include back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. He is affiliated with Suncoast Medical Clinic. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Torres takes 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: Fibromyalgia, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Back Pain, Osteoporosis, Joint Injections

Dr. Carol Jeanne Sims-Robertson, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
2191 9th Avenue N; Suite 100
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Carol Sims-Robertson practices surgical dermatology in Saint Petersburg, FL. She obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Her clinical interests include contact dermatitis, hair problems, and psoriasis. Dr. Sims-Robertson 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. In addition to English, Dr. Sims-Robertson speaks French.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Allan Weiss, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and muscular dystrophy. Dr. Weiss is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Weiss attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine.

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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. Before completing her residency at UPMC Shadyside, Dr. Ananthakrishnan attended medical school at Stanley Medical College. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Ananthakrishnan is conversant in Tamil and Malayalam. Dr. Ananthakrishnan 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. Michael Arnold Franklin, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Franklin works as a neurologist. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Franklin's clinical interests: back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and migraine. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Franklin obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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. 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). She is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Flaherty takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Rafat Saad Nashed, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Rafat Nashed, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include total joint replacement. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Dr. Nashed attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Nashed (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, ACL Injury, Knee Sprain, Shoulder ... (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 medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Albert is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He trained at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston for residency. Dr. Albert is conversant in French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri is a general internist and geriatrician. Dr. Cherukuri's areas of expertise include depression, heart problems, and hernia. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College and a graduate of Long Island College Hospital's residency program. Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Flu Shot, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Heart Problems, Physical ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Garcia Desousa's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Desousa is 4.5 stars out of 5. 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. He studied medicine at Goa Medical College. His training includes a residency program at DMC Harper University Hospital. Dr. Desousa is conversant in Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with 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's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Stanley Medical College, he performed his residency at Wyler Children's Hospital. His clinical interests include colonoscopy. Patient ratings for Dr. Arasu average 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. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Arasu's professional affiliations include 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. Virginia Ann Schekorra, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
6020 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Virginia Schekorra is a specialist in pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Schekorra's areas of expertise include academic dermatology, nail issues, and hair problems. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Tropical Skin Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard A Miller, DO
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
7500 Gulf Boulevard
St Pete Beach, FL
 

Dr. Richard Miller is a mohs skin cancer surgeon in Port Richey, FL, Richey, FL, and Largo, FL. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Miller's clinical interests: nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Harish Patel specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. Before performing his residency at Howard University Hospital, Dr. Patel attended Medical College Baroda for medical school. The average patient rating for Dr. Patel is 2.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Depression, Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Elbow Problems, Shoulder ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ahmad Nematbakhsh sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, scoliosis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Nematbakhsh is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Oakland General Hospital, and Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Nematbakhsh attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Nematbakhsh (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Persian.

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

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Adhesive Capsulitis, Ankle Sprain, Wrist Fracture, Sports Health, Shoulder Fracture, ... (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's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Paganini's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She trained at UNC Hospitals for her residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Paganini is 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)

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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.