We found 68 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Self-Pay/Uninsured near South Miami, FL.

Dr. Richard Lee Chang, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10820 Sw 113 Place
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Richard Chang works as an adult rheumatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Chang include knee problems, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia. Patient ratings for Dr. Chang average 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Chang speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Elbow Problems, Herniated Disc, Shoulder Problems, Fibromyalgia, Back ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafael Federico Rivas- Chacon, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology, Adult Rheumatology
3200 Sw 60 Court 105
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Rivas-Chacon is a medical specialist in pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: lupus and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Rivas-Chacon is affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Memorial Health System. Before performing his residency at Mount Carmel Health System, Dr. Rivas-Chacon attended the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Patient ratings for Dr. Rivas-Chacon average 2.5 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. Rivas-Chacon accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Rosita Petech Stoik, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
7330 Sw 62nd Place; Suite 210
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. Rosita Stoik is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Stoik (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. Her areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, migraine, and osteoporosis. Dr. Stoik is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Stoik takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Back Problems, Knee Problems, Migraine, Spider Veins, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

Dr. Ana L Paredes, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
3200 Sw 60th Court; Suite 305
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Ana Paredes' area of specialization is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). She is a graduate of Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Paredes's clinical interests include osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. 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. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Paredes is affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Lupus, Kidney Problems, Osteoporosis

Dr. Jeffrey Lee Horstmyer, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
3661 S Miami Avenue; Suite 209
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Horstmyer specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Miami, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Horstmyer average 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Horstmyer include bell's palsy, spinal cord injuries, and migraine. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Horstmyer graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Horstmyer is professionally affiliated with Doctors Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Mercy Miami Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Back Problems, Migraine, Snoring, Neck Problems, Epilepsy, Muscular ... (Read more)

Dr. Julio C Pita Jr., MD
Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Other
6705 Red Road; Suite 714
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Julio Pita sees patients in Coral Gables, FL and Miami, FL. His medical specialty is endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pita's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, osteoporosis, and graves disease. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Pita has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis

Dr. Jorge Rafael Beato, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Cardiology
5524 Sw 8 Street
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Beato specializes in cardiology (heart disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, migraine, and depression. He is professionally affiliated with Doctors Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Mercy Miami Hospital. Dr. Beato is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Zaragoza Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston. Dr. Beato is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, lupus

All Interests: Depression, Graves Disease, Sleep Disorders, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Sickle Cell ... (Read more)

Dr. Armando E Hernandez-Rey, MD
Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
4425 Ponce De Leon Boulevard; Suite 110
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Armando Hernandez-Rey's area of specialization is reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He attended the University of Medical Sciences (UCIMED) and Autonomous University of Central America for medical school and subsequently trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. Dr. Hernandez-Rey's clinical interests include cysts, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and male infertility. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Hernandez-Rey accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Hernandez-Rey (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Mercy Miami Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, lupus

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Infertility, Graves Disease, Cysts, Surgical Procedures, Hormone Therapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Judith Ellen Crowell, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
7800 Sw 87 Avenue; Suite C 300
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Judith Crowell is a Miami, FL physician who specializes in surgical dermatology. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: facial problems, rosacea, and acne. Dr. Crowell is affiliated with Doctors Hospital and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Crowell honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lip Implants, Sclerotherapy, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, Facial Problems, Rosacea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ray Lopez, MD
Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology
6200 Sunset Drive; Suite 305
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Ray Lopez is an osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in South Miami, FL and Miami, FL. His areas of expertise include bell's palsy, migraine, and depression. Dr. Lopez is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Lopez is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Lopez is professionally affiliated with Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Depression, Sleep Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's Palsy, Parkinson's Disease, Back Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Alberto Prieto, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6741 Southwest 24 Street; Suite 50 & 51
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Juan Prieto specializes in general internal medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: bulimia, depression, and hepatitis. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center. Dr. Prieto is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. For his residency, Dr. Prieto trained at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Ponce and a hospital affiliated with Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Prieto speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), Graves disease, lupus

All Interests: Depression, Graves Disease, Sleep Disorders, Down Syndrome, Incontinence, Eating Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mario Alberto Almeida Suarez, MD
Specializes in Primary Care, Adult Nephrology
7000 Sw 62 Avenue; Suite 605
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Mario Almeida-Suarez's specialties are primary care and adult nephrology. He practices in Coral Gables, FL and Miami, FL. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Almeida-Suarez include hypertension (high blood pressure), lupus, and kidney surgery. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Mercy Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Almeida-Suarez is a graduate of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and Central University of the East School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Woodhull Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Almeida-Suarez speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Surgery, Lupus

Dr. David Andrew Racher, MD
Specializes in Neurology
8940 N Kendall Drive; Suite 802e
Miami, FL
 

Dr. David Racher specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Miami, FL. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Racher include bell's palsy, migraine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare HSA. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, Dr. Racher performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's Palsy, Herniated Disc, Parkinson's Disease, Back Problems, Migraine, ... (Read more)

Dr. Parul Bhagwati Jayakar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Genetics
3100 Sw 62nd Avenue; 1st Floor
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Parul Jayakar is a pediatric geneticist. Her areas of expertise include bell's palsy, down syndrome, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Jayakar's hospital/clinic affiliations include Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. She attended Lady Hardinge Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba for residency. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Jayakar is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Jayakar include: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, Autism, Epilepsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina ... (Read more)

Dr. David Samuel Hoffman, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
7900 Sw 57th Avenue; Suite #21
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. David Hoffman specializes in adult nephrology and practices in South Miami, FL and Miami, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: hypertension (high blood pressure), lupus, and kidney surgery. Dr. Hoffman takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Hoffman has received include South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Surgery, Lupus

Dr. Barbara Madeline Muina, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine
9195 Sunset Drive; 210
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Barbara Muina practices adult endocrinology and general internal medicine in Miami, FL. Her areas of expertise include diabetes, emphysema, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Muina is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Seville Faculty of Medicine and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Muina speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma, Preventive Care, Emphysema

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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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