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

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

Dr. Kimberly Smith's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Smith's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include back pain, trigger point injections, and joint injections. She 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. She graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Smith completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with 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
4700 North Habana Avenue; Suite 201
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Harris McIlwain is a geriatrician and adult rheumatologist. He studied medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. McIlwain's clinical interests: diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. McIlwain is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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 is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and sleep medicine. He attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), sleep apnea, and stroke. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pizarro-Otero honors. Dr. Pizarro-Otero is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, BayCare Medical Group, and Brandon Regional Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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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
17 Davis Boulevard, Tampa, Floor 33613; 17 Davis Medical Building
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Neil Fenske's area of specialization is dermatopathology. The average patient rating for Dr. Fenske is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: tattoo removal, psoriasis, and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Fenske's hospital/clinic affiliations include Moffitt Cancer Center, 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, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Fenske's education and training includes medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. He has received distinctions including Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition; Surgeon of the Year, Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons; and Gustavus Adolphus College Sesquicentennial Award, Gustavus Adolphus.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Clifton Lewis Gooch, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
12901 Bruce B.downs Boulevard Mdc55
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Clifton Gooch's areas of specialization are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease); he sees patients in Tampa, FL. His clinical interests include peripheral neuropathy, immunotherapy, and nerve conduction studies (NCS). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Gooch 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. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Gooch trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. 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. Juan Santiago Uribe, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
7th Floor, Usf Department of Neurosurgery; 2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Juan Uribe's area of specialization is neurosurgery. His clinical interests include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and neuropathic pain. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Uribe takes. 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). Dr. Uribe has received the following distinctions: Best Research Abstract, Annual SOLAS Meeting and Plantinum Annual Research Award, University of South Florida. His 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: Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scoliosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Benedict Freeman, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
17 Davis Medical Building; 17 Davis Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Freeman is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Freeman's clinical interests include scoliosis, laminectomy, and bulging disc. His professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Dr. Freeman takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is accepting new patients. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Charles William Brock, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3rd Floor, Usf Department of Neurology; 13000 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Charles Brock, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include the following: multiple sclerosis (MS), neuropathic pain, and pain management. Dr. Brock 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 the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Dr. Brock has received the following distinction: 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). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management

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

Dr. Thiru Arasu is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Arasu include colonoscopy. Dr. Arasu's professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and All Children's Hospital. Dr. Arasu is a graduate of Stanley Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Arasu trained at Wyler Children's Hospital. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Lara Winters Katzin, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33613
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lara Katzin, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among Dr. Katzin's clinical interests: nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and neuropathy (nerve dysfunction). She is rated highly by her patients. She 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 South Florida (USF) College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Katzin has received distinctions including Board certification, Diplomat, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine; Subspecialty Certification, Neuromuscular Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and Board certification, Diplomat, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Katzin's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Nerve Conduction Studies, Electromyography, Amyotrophic Lateral ... (Read more)

Dr. Nishit Sharadchandra Patel, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
5 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33612
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Nishit Patel's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). His areas of expertise include the following: rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. His professional affiliations include Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. 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 has an open panel. His 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).

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Government Medical College, Patiala and then went on to complete his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Narwal is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, 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. Rosa J Cuenca, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Ms 3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Rosa Cuenca sees patients in Tampa, FL. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. She is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Cuenca accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine, she performed her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Cuenca's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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)

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

Dr. Mahendrakumar Patel works as an internist. Dr. Patel's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include diabetes, joint injections, and lupus. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Patel 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 open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Wales College of Medicine. He is conversant in Gujarati.

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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 specializes in adult nephrology and practices in Tampa, FL. Dr. Navarro's areas of expertise include geriatric health, biopsy, and lupus. 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 graduated from CETEC University School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Navarro's professional affiliations include 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. Arthur J Pedregal, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
4710 N. Habana Avenue; Suite 303, Office of Arthur Pedregal Md
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Arthur Pedregal is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Pedregal has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and trigger point injections. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Pedregal attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Pedregal's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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)

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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.