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We found 16 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare Silver HMO 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. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Torres include back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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' specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He has a special interest in nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and muscular dystrophy. Patients rated Dr. Weiss highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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 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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Ananthakrishnan graduated from Stanley Medical College. She trained at UPMC Shadyside for residency. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She speaks 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 practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Flaherty studied medicine at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her professional 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. Michael Arnold Franklin, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Franklin practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Saint Petersburg, FL. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, Dr. Franklin completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. His areas of expertise include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and migraine. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. 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 has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Franklin speaks Spanish. He 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. Rafat Saad Nashed, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Rafat Nashed is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. His clinical interests include total joint replacement. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nashed takes. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Nashed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and French. He is professionally affiliated with 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 specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. He speaks French. Dr. Albert's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston, Dr. Albert attended medical school at Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. He accepts 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: , 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's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); she sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cherukuri include depression, heart problems, and hernia. 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 graduated from Andhra Medical College and Rangaraya Medical College and then she performed her residency at Long Island College Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Cherukuri (or staff) speaks Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. She is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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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). In addition to English, Dr. Desousa speaks Portuguese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. He graduated from Goa Medical College. Dr. Desousa trained at DMC Harper University Hospital for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Desousa is 4.5 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. Desousa takes.

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

Dr. Richard Miller's specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Miller 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 honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Miller performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail ... (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's areas of specialization are hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include knee problems, scoliosis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Nematbakhsh accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Nematbakhsh attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Oakland General Hospital, and Henry Ford Hospital for residency. 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 areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); she sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Paganini's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at UNC Hospitals. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She 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)

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

Dr. Saleem Khamisani specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Khamisani include back pain, sleep disorders, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Khamisani 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. Dr. Khamisani obtained his medical school training at Sindh Medical College and performed his residency at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Khamisani (or staff) is conversant in 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. 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 and Tampa, FL. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel graduated from Medical College Baroda. For his professional training, Dr. Patel completed a residency program at Howard University Hospital. In addition to English, 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. Jennifer E Matos-Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Neurology
5880 49th Street North; Suite 104
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Matos-Rodriguez works as a neurologist. She attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Matos-Rodriguez speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Cluster Headache, Intraoperative Monitoring, Musculoskeletal Problems, Surgical Procedures, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Brian Kagan is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kagan is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. He 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. Kagan obtained his medical school training at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and performed his residency at All Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. In addition to English, he speaks Hebrew.

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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.