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We found 16 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Coventry HMO near Tampa, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4700 N Habana Avenue; Suite 201
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kimberly Smith, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Smith is conversant in Spanish. Her clinical interests include back pain, trigger point injections, and joint injections. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Her 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). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Smith honors 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: , 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
4700 North Habana Avenue; Suite 201
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Harris McIlwain practices geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. Dr. McIlwain 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 graduated from Emory University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. McIlwain is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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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's areas of specialization are neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and sleep medicine; he sees patients in Brandon, FL, Tampa, FL, and Riverview, FL. Dr. Pizarro-Otero's areas of expertise include attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), sleep apnea, and stroke. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and New York Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pizarro-Otero's office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Multiple Sleep Latency Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Neil Alan Fenske, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
12901 Bruce B Downs Blvd Mdc 79; Department of Derm & Cutaneous Surg
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Neil Fenske's specialties are dermatopathology and surgical dermatology. After completing medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Clinical interests for Dr. Fenske include academic dermatology, nail issues, and phototherapy (light therapy). The average patient rating for Dr. Fenske 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. Fenske takes. His 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 professionally affiliated with Moffitt Cancer Center, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Cutaneous T-Cell ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Santiago Uribe, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
7th Floor, Usf Department of Neurosurgery; 2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Juan Uribe works as a neurosurgeon in Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Uribe include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and neuropathic pain. Dr. Uribe's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. Uribe's education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His distinctions include: Best Research Abstract, Annual SOLAS Meeting and Plantinum Annual Research Award, University of South Florida. His 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: Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scoliosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spine ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Thiru Arasu's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Stanley Medical College, he performed his residency at Wyler Children's Hospital. His clinical interests include colonoscopy. Patient ratings for Dr. Arasu average 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in 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. Fitzgeraldo Antonio Sanchez, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
603 S Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Fitzgeraldo Sanchez is a physician who specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatological immunology, and dermatopathology. Clinical interests for Dr. Sanchez include academic dermatology, nail issues, and contact dermatitis. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sanchez is a graduate of Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Sanchez (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Al Proper, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2835 W De Leon Street; Suite 103
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Steven Proper is a specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Proper's areas of expertise include contact dermatitis, hair problems, and psoriasis. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 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. He graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Proper's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Shivinder Narwal practices pediatric gastroenterology in Tampa, FL and Brandon, FL. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. 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. Narwal attended Government Medical College, Patiala for medical school and subsequently trained at Kings County Hospital Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Rosa Cuenca's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Cuenca speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include the following: polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She studied medicine at Central University of the East School of Medicine. She trained at MetroHealth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University for residency. Dr. Cuenca's patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cuenca accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Arthur J Pedregal, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
4710 N. Habana Avenue; Suite 303, Office of Arthur Pedregal Md
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Arthur Pedregal's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pedregal include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and trigger point injections. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Pedregal is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Nerve Conduction Studies, Trigger Point Injections, Back Pain, Alzheimer's Disease, ... (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. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include diabetes, joint injections, and lupus. Dr. Patel accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Patel is a graduate of the University of Wales College of Medicine. He speaks Gujarati. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Dr. Jesus Ovidio Navarro, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
4710 N Habana Avenue; Suite 300, Office of Jesus Navarro Md
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jesus Navarro is an adult nephrologist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Navarro has a special interest in geriatric health, biopsy, and lupus. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus, Biopsy, HIV/AIDS, Geriatric Health

Dr. Francis Alberto Caban, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
4164 N Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Francis Caban works as a pediatric dermatologist and mohs skin cancer surgeon in Brandon, FL and Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Caban include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Caban is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Nishit Sharadchandra Patel, MS, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
12901 Bruce B Downs Boulevard, Mdc 79; Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Nishit Patel works as a dermatologist in Tampa, FL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in academic dermatology, phototherapy (light therapy), and psoriasis. He is affiliated with Moffitt Cancer Center. Dr. Patel 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. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Patel attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Skin Issues, Psoriasis, Academic Dermatology, Skin of Color, Phototherapy

Dr. Stephen Anthony Switlyk, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
4542 W Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, 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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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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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.