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' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. Patients gave Dr. Torres an average rating of 3.0 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 studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He is professionally 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 neurologist. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He has indicated that his clinical interests include nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and muscular dystrophy. Dr. Weiss 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. Weiss graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His professional 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. Rafat Saad Nashed, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Rafat Nashed specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, Dr. Nashed performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Nashed include total joint replacement and orthopedic surgery. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Nashed (or staff) speaks 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. Lisa Ann Flaherty, DO
Specializes in Neurology
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Lisa Flaherty works as a neurologist. Dr. Flaherty is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from 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 works as an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist. He is conversant in French. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Albert obtained his medical school training at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia and performed his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston. 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.

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

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan specializes in general internal medicine. She is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing her residency at UPMC Shadyside, Dr. Ananthakrishnan attended Stanley Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Ananthakrishnan speaks Tamil and Malayalam.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri works as an internal medicine hospitalist and geriatrician in Saint Petersburg, FL and Gulfport, FL. Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. These areas are among her clinical interests: depression, heart problems, and hernia. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Cherukuri attended medical school at Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College. She trained at Long Island College Hospital for residency. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Michael Franklin's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Franklin's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and migraine. Patient ratings for Dr. Franklin average 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts 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 a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Franklin attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he 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). He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Desousa accepts. Dr. Desousa studied medicine at Goa Medical College. Dr. Desousa's residency was performed at DMC Harper University Hospital. He is conversant in Portuguese. He is 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. Cynthia Anderson Paganini, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
4200 54th Avenue S; Edmundson Hall
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Cynthia Paganini is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Her clinical interests include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. Dr. Paganini is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After completing medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine, she performed her residency at UNC Hospitals. 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. Thiru S Arasu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
501 Dr Ml King Jr Street S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Thiru Arasu specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Tampa, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. He has a special interest in colonoscopy. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arasu accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Stanley Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Wyler Children's Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks 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. Harish J Patel, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
5649 49th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Harish Patel works as a neurologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Medical College Baroda, Dr. Patel performed his residency at Howard University Hospital. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. He is professionally 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 Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5880 49th Street N.; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ahmadreza Nematbakhsh works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Nematbakhsh graduated from 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. He is 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. Saleem R Khamisani, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Saleem Khamisani is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, sleep disorders, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). Dr. Khamisani is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group. Dr. Khamisani 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 graduated from Sindh Medical College and then he performed his residency at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Khamisani (or staff) is conversant in Urdu.

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

Dr. Sonal Shah works as a general internist. Dr. Shah has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, lupus, and auto injuries. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad and then she performed her residency at Christ Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Shah is 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 neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Matos-Rodriguez takes. Dr. Matos-Rodriguez attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Matos-Rodriguez is professionally affiliated with 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)

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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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