We found 15 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near Tampa, FL.

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

Dr. Kimberly Smith's specialty is adult rheumatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 3.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and joint injections. Dr. Smith accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is conversant in Spanish. She is 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 medical specialist in geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. He studied medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. Patient reviews placed Dr. McIlwain at an average of 3.5 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. McIlwain takes. Dr. McIlwain has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. McIlwain is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, 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. His areas of clinical interest consist of attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), sleep apnea, and stroke. Dr. Pizarro-Otero 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 attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and New York Medical College. Dr. Pizarro-Otero trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South. His practice 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. 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Uribe include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and neuropathic pain. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Uribe is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Uribe completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Uribe has received professional recognition including the following: 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). Dr. Uribe welcomes 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 B Freeman, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
17 Davis Medical Building; 17 Davis Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Freeman, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Dr. Freeman has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: scoliosis, laminectomy, and bulging disc. His professional affiliations include 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. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Freeman attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His residency was performed 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.

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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 Ml King Jr Boulevard; Ms-3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Thiru Arasu specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Arasu's clinical interests encompass colonoscopy. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating 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. He attended medical school at Stanley Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Arasu trained at Wyler Children's Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Arasu speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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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
5 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33612
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Nishit Patel's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Patel 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. His practice 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. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Ml King Jr Boulevard; Ms-3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College, Patiala and performed his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Narwal is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Charles W Brock, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3rd Floor, Usf Department of Neurology; 13000 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Charles Brock practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Brock has a special interest in 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 obtained his medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Brock is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management

Dr. Clifton L Gooch, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33613
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Clifton Gooch is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gooch's clinical interests include peripheral neuropathy, immunotherapy, and nerve conduction studies (NCS). He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gooch honors. He has an open panel. Dr. Gooch graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Gooch's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: 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. Mahendrakumar Mohanlal Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2916 W Waters Avenue; Suite A1
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Mahendrakumar Patel's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Patel graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine. He has a special interest in diabetes, joint injections, and lupus. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Patel speaks Gujarati. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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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 physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cuenca include polypectomy (polyp removal), hepatitis, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Dr. Cuenca has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Her education and training includes medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine and residency at MetroHealth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Cuenca is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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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 area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Pedregal include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and trigger point injections. Patients gave Dr. Pedregal an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Pedregal obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine 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 Women's Hospital, St. Joseph Children's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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

Dr. Lara Katzin's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her areas of clinical interest consist of nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and neuropathy (nerve dysfunction). Patient ratings for Dr. Katzin average 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors 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 and then she performed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Katzin has received the following distinctions: 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 professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

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

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 works as an adult nephrologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Navarro include geriatric health, biopsy, and lupus. Dr. Navarro's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from CETEC University School of Medicine. Dr. Navarro is conversant in 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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