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We found 9 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze near Sarasota, FL.

Dr. Elizabeth Frazier Callahan, MD
Specializes in Other, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
5911 N Honore Avenue; Suite 210
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Elizabeth Callahan is a dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include psoriasis, birthmark, and cosmetic skin treatment. Dr. Callahan is affiliated with Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Manatee Memorial Hospital. Dr. Callahan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Psoriasis

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
5350 University Parkway; Suite 200
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Jennifer Stroble's medical specialty is pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. She attended Emory University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Stroble's areas of expertise include the following: nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Psoriasis, Skin of Color

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Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
3333 Cattlemen Road; Suite 106
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Erin Long is a specialist in surgical dermatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Long include psoriasis, cosmetic skin treatment, and skin cancer. She attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) for residency. Patients gave Dr. Long an average rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. 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.

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All Interests: Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Psoriasis

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2750 Bahia Vista Street; Suite 250
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Cary Dunn's specialties are pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dunn include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Dunn is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Dunn honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Dunn completed his residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2426 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Ryan Jawitz is a pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist in North Port, FL and Sarasota, FL. Dr. Jawitz is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. His clinical interests include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He honors 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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All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Anthony Switlyk, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1921 Waldemere Street; Suite 509
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Switlyk's medical specialty is surgical dermatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Switlyk include psoriasis and cosmetic skin treatment. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Switlyk takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Albany Medical College.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2426 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Alfredo Fernandez is a specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He has a special interest in psoriasis and cosmetic skin treatment. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Fernandez 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.

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All Interests: Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Psoriasis

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
3830 Bee Ridge Road; Suite 200
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Naomi Johansen works as a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist in Sarasota, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Johansen include nail issues, hair problems, and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Dr. Johansen is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
3830 Bee Ridge Road; Suite 200
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Jean-Pierre Galliani is a specialist in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. He works in Sarasota, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Galliani include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Galliani 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.

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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.