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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4700 N. Habana Avenue
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)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 600
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Leni Kramer is an adult rheumatologist in Tampa, FL. Before completing her residency at Jacobi Medical Center, Dr. Kramer attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include fibromyalgia, joint injections, and lupus. On average, patients gave Dr. Kramer a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She 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. Dr. Kramer is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Joint Problems, Pain, Joint Injections

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 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
17 Davis Boulevard, Tampa, Floor 33613; 17 Davis Medical Building
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. Juan S Uribe, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
7th Floor, Usf Department of Neurosurgery; 2 Tampa General Circle
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. Charles W Brock, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3rd Floor, Usf Department of Neurology; 13000 Usf Laurel Drive
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
5 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33612
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. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Ml King Jr Boulevard; Ms-3012
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)

Specializes in Other, Neurology
2919 W Swann Avenue; Suite 401
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Susan Steen is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: bell's palsy, seizure disorders, and migraine. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Steen attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Steen is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, Dementia, Stroke, Alzheimer's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Arthur Pedregal sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Pedregal's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and trigger point injections. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, St. Joseph Children's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Pedregal completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes 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: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Nerve Conduction Studies, Trigger Point Injections, Back Pain, Alzheimer's Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jesus Navarro is a nephrologist in Tampa, FL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Navarro include geriatric health, biopsy, and lupus. His 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, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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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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