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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
13801 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Suite 406
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kimberly Smith specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Smith's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: back pain, trigger point injections, and joint injections. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith honors. She graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Smith trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Shoulder Problems, Spinal Stenosis, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Back ... (Read more)

Dr. Harris Hugh McIlwain, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
13801 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; Suite 406
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Harris McIlwain sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. McIlwain include diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McIlwain takes. Dr. McIlwain graduated from Emory University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Tendonitis, Geriatric Health, X-Rays

Dr. Jose Patricio Pizarro Otero, MD
Specializes in Neurology, Sleep Medicine
4102 N. Macdill Avenue; Suite A
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jose Pizarro-Otero is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and sleep medicine specialist. He is conversant in Spanish. He has a special interest in attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), sleep apnea, and stroke. Dr. Pizarro-Otero's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and Brandon Regional Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Pizarro-Otero attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and New York Medical College for medical school. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pizarro-Otero is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Visual Evoked Potential Test, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Clifton Lewis Gooch, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Clifton Gooch is a neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Gooch at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: peripheral neuropathy, immunotherapy, and nerve conduction studies (NCS). He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gooch has an open panel. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Gooch attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Gooch include: Top Doctor 2015, U.S. News and World Report and Castle Connolly; Top Doctor 2014, U.S. News and World Report and Castle Connolly; and Top Doctor 2013, U.S. News and World Report and Castle Connolly.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Immunotherapy, Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Neurological ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan S Uribe, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Juan Uribe's area of specialization is neurosurgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and neuropathic pain. Dr. Uribe is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Uribe is accepting new patients. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received distinctions including Best Research Abstract, Annual SOLAS Meeting and Plantinum Annual Research Award, University of South Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scoliosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Yakub Ahmed Pothiawala, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
3865 Northdale Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Yakub Pothiawala's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Pothiawala (or staff) speaks Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), lupus, and weight management. Dr. Pothiawala is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Patient reviews placed Dr. Pothiawala at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. He 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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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus, Weight Management, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Dr. Thomas B Freeman, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Freeman's specialty is neurosurgery. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Freeman include scoliosis, laminectomy, and bulging disc. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Freeman accepts. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: The Molly & Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award, American Society of Neural Therapy and Repair; Best Doctors in America, US News and World Reports; and Top 1% of Neurosurgeons in the U.S., US News and World Reports. Dr. Freeman's professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Bone Spurs, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scoliosis, Spinal Instrumentation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thiru S Arasu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Ms 3012
Tampa, 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. Nishit Sharadchandra Patel, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
13330 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Nishit Patel's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). These areas are among his clinical interests: rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. His professional affiliations include Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Patel's education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Patel takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Atopic Dermatitis, Rosacea, Skin Issues, Melanoma, Cancer Screening, Psoriasis, Vitiligo, Acne

Dr. Patrick G Brady, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Patrick Brady is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Tampa, FL. His clinical interests include endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), barrett's esophagus, and ablation. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, and more. After attending UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Brady completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Brady include: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition; Distinguished Service Award, Florida Gastroenterologic Society; and Harold J. Jeghers Memorial Lecturer, New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Brady is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Barrett's Esophagus, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Therapeutic Endoscopy, Celiac Disease, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Ml King Jr Boulevard; Ms-3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. Dr. Narwal honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Government Medical College, Patiala for medical school, he completed his residency training at Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Narwal is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food Allergy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles W Brock, MD
Specializes in Neurology
13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Charles Brock, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Brock attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school. In his practice, Dr. Brock focuses on multiple sclerosis (MS), neuropathic pain, and pain management. He 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 has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Dr. Brock is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management

Dr. Tuan Hoang Vu, MD
Specializes in Neurology
13330 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Tuan Vu's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Vu has indicated that his clinical interests include myasthenia gravis, electromyography (EMG), and neuropathy (nerve dysfunction). He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. After attending Penn State College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vu takes. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Electromyography, Amyotrophic Lateral ... (Read more)

Dr. Edmund G Grant Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurology
13801 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; #401
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Edmund Grant is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include the following: multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and movement disorders. On average, patients gave Dr. Grant a rating of 4.0 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. Grant honors. He attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Grant is affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Dementia, Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, Cognitive ... (Read more)

Dr. Mahendrakumar Mohanlal Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2916 W Waters Avenue; Suite A1
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Mahendrakumar Patel practices general internal medicine in Tampa, FL. Dr. Patel speaks Gujarati. His areas of expertise include diabetes, joint injections, and lupus. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel takes. Dr. Patel has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Weight Management, Joint Injections

Dr. Rosa J Cuenca, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Ms 3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Rosa Cuenca is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include the following: polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cuenca honors. She attended Central University of the East School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Cuenca speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Paracentesis, Gastroparesis, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, ... (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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