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We found 7 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO 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 works as a dermatopathologist and mohs skin cancer surgeon in the University Park, FL and Sarasota, FL. Her clinical interests include psoriasis, birthmark, and cosmetic skin treatment. She is professionally affiliated with Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Manatee Memorial Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Dr. Callahan performed her residency at Cleveland Clinic. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She 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.

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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 Surgical Dermatology
3333 Cattlemen Road; Suite 106
Sarasota, FL
 

Dr. Erin Long works as a surgical dermatologist. Dr. Long's areas of expertise include the following: psoriasis, cosmetic skin treatment, and skin cancer. She attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). She has received a 1.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 medical specialty is pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Dunn's areas of expertise include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dr. Dunn attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school.

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

Dr. Ryan Jawitz works as a pediatric dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and mohs skin cancer surgeon in North Port, FL and Sarasota, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Jawitz include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jawitz honors. He is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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

Dr. Stephen Switlyk is a surgical dermatology specialist in Sarasota, FL and Tampa, FL. In Dr. Switlyk's practice, he is particularly interested in psoriasis and cosmetic skin treatment. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He studied medicine at Albany Medical College.

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All Interests: Psoriasis, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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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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All Interests: Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Cutaneous T-Cell ... (Read 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.