We found 13 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare Gold near Tampa, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4700 N. Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kimberly Smith's specialty is adult rheumatology. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Smith's clinical interests include back pain, trigger point injections, and joint injections. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Dr. Smith 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). Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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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 works as an adult rheumatologist. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Carter is professionally 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. Carter honors. Dr. Carter is open to new patients. He attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Outstanding Faculty Research Award, USF Health; America's Most Compassionate Doctors Award; and Patients' Choice Recognition Award.

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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)

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

Dr. Leni Kramer specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Kramer obtained her medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed her residency at Jacobi Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kramer include fibromyalgia, joint injections, and lupus. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. 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. She 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 specializes in geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. McIlwain include diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. Dr. McIlwain has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. McIlwain 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. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, 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. Neil A Fenske, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
17 Davis Boulevard, Tampa, Floor 33613; 17 Davis Medical Building
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Neil Fenske, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in dermatopathology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Fenske's clinical interests: tattoo removal, psoriasis, and cosmetic surgery. He is affiliated with Moffitt Cancer Center, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He welcomes new patients. After attending St. Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Fenske completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Thomas B Freeman, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
17 Davis Medical Building; 17 Davis Boulevard
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Freeman works as a neurosurgeon in Tampa, FL. He obtained his medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Freeman's areas of expertise include scoliosis, laminectomy, and bulging disc. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. Dr. Freeman has received the following distinctions: 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. His professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Dr. Freeman has an open panel.

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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
7th Floor, Usf Department of Neurosurgery; 2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Juan Uribe works as a neurosurgeon. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Uribe include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and thoracic herniated disc. His professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He 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. Dr. Uribe's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Uribe completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received the following distinctions: Best Research Abstract, Annual SOLAS Meeting and Plantinum Annual Research Award, University of South Florida.

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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 is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS), neuropathic pain, and pain management. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Dr. Brock 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. He 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 professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Brock welcomes 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 works as a dermatologist. His areas of expertise include rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. Dr. Patel 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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Patel attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He has an open panel.

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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 specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Patel studied medicine at the University of Wales College of Medicine. He is especially interested in diabetes, joint injections, and lupus. 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. Dr. Patel speaks Gujarati. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. Arthur Pedregal works as a neurologist. Dr. Pedregal's education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and trigger point injections. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Pedregal accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include 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. 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Navarro include geriatric health, biopsy, and lupus. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Navarro is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. Lara Katzin is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Katzin's areas of clinical interest consist of nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and neuropathy (nerve dysfunction). She is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Katzin 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. She is open to new patients. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Katzin include: 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.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

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