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

Dr. Kimberly Smith practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Smith has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include back pain, trigger point injections, and joint injections. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children'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. Smith honors. She graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Dr. John D Carter, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5802 N. 30th Street, Tampa; Floor 33613
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Carter is a specialist in adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise consist of osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Carter attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Carter trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for his residency. His average patient rating is 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. Carter takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: Outstanding Faculty Research Award, USF Health; America's Most Compassionate Doctors Award; and Patients' Choice Recognition Award. Dr. Carter's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Harris McIlwain practices geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology in Tampa, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. Dr. McIlwain's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. McIlwain has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. McIlwain speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Dr. Neil A Fenske, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Neil Fenske sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is dermatopathology. Dr. Fenske's areas of expertise include tattoo removal, psoriasis, and cosmetic surgery. His professional affiliations include Moffitt Cancer Center, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Fenske completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Fenske's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Fenske's distinctions include: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition; Surgeon of the Year, Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons; and Gustavus Adolphus College Sesquicentennial Award, Gustavus Adolphus. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Cosmetic Surgery, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, Tattoo Removal, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Derrick Scott Robertson, MD
Specializes in Neurology
13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Derrick Robertson works as a neurologist. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Robertson trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Robertson include multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Robertson takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received distinctions including Resident of the Year, University of South Florida; Resident Scholarship, Foundation of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis; and Resident Scholarship, American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting. His hospital/clinic 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: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Allergies, Infections

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

Dr. Thomas Freeman practices neurosurgery in Tampa, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: scoliosis, laminectomy, and bulging disc. Dr. Freeman has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Freeman include: 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 hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). His practice is open to 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. Juan S Uribe, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Juan Uribe is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and thoracic herniated disc. Dr. Uribe's professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Uribe trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Uribe has received professional recognition including the following: Best Research Abstract, Annual SOLAS Meeting and Plantinum Annual Research Award, University of South Florida. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Patrick Brady is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Brady's clinical interests include endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), barrett's esophagus, and ablation. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 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. Edmund G Grant Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurology
13801 Bruce B Downs Boulevard; #401
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Edmund Grant specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Grant has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and movement disorders. His professional affiliations include Florida Hospital Tampa and Florida Medical Clinic. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Grant has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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

Dr. Charles Brock's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests encompass multiple sclerosis (MS), neuropathic pain, and pain management. Dr. Brock's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). 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. 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. Brock has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management

Dr. Nishit Sharadchandra Patel, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
13330 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Nishit Patel practices dermatology (skin disorders) in Tampa, FL. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. He 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. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Patel's professional affiliations include Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. 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. Mahendrakumar Mohanlal Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2916 W Waters Avenue; Suite A1
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Mahendrakumar Patel's medical specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Gujarati. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Patel include diabetes, joint injections, and lupus. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of Wales College of Medicine. Dr. Patel honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Dr. Seth Benjamin Forman, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
4915 Ehrlich Road
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Seth Forman is a dermatopathologist and surgical dermatologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Forman average 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Forman include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), lupus, and tattoo removal. He 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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Forman attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Dr. Forman is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Sclerotherapy, Skin Cancer, Tattoo Removal, Restylane, Laser Surgery, Shingles, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Clifton Gooch is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Tampa, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Gooch include peripheral neuropathy, immunotherapy, and nerve conduction studies (NCS). Dr. Gooch accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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. Dr. Gooch is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

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

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W. Mlk Jr. Boulevard; Mab 3rd Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal practices pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical interests include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. Dr. Narwal 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. Before completing his residency at Kings County Hospital Center, Dr. Narwal attended medical school at Government Medical College, Patiala. In addition to English, Dr. Narwal speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Yakub Pothiawala practices family medicine in Tampa, FL. Dr. Pothiawala has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He has a special interest in sexually transmitted diseases (STds), lupus, and weight management. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Pothiawala studied medicine at Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Pothiawala completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Pothiawala (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus, Weight Management, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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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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