We found 40 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Coventry Bronze $15 Copay Carelink HMO near Weston, FL.

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Hossam Elzawawy practices adult rheumatology in Weston, FL. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Elzawawy's areas of expertise include the following: sciatica, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Elzawawy takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Joint Aspiration, Gout, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Wnc3-121
Weston, FL
 

Dr. David Friedman's areas of specialization are plastic surgery and hand surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Friedman include amputation, rhabdomyosarcoma, and sports health. The average patient rating for Dr. Friedman is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Friedman honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has received distinctions including Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Honorary Police Surgeon, New York City Police Department. Dr. Friedman is conversant in French. Dr. Friedman is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rhabdomyosarcoma, Sports Health, Hand Fracture, Musculoskeletal Pain, Bursitis, Wrist Surgery, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Luis Lara is an adult gastroenterologist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lara's areas of expertise include foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. Dr. Lara trained at a hospital affiliated with Northeastern Ohio Universities for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Lara include: National Pancreas Foundation Travel Scholarship; Associates Council American College of Physicians, Ohio Chapter; and President of the Medical Student Council, EMIS-ITESM. Dr. Lara speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Foreign Body Ingestion, Achalasia, Ascites, Bile Duct Stones, Sclerotherapy, Extrahepatic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Wael Barsoum's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include knee ligament injuries, joint aspiration (arthrocentesis), and knee arthroscopy. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barsoum takes. Dr. Barsoum graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. His distinctions include: Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholar; Reviewer for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and Journal of Arthroplasty; and Grant support from Orthopaedic Operating Room of the Future Program (Co-Investigator). He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Knee Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Revision Arthroplasty, Total Hip Replacement, Hip Revision, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Jose Baez-Escudero is a cardiac electrophysiologist in Weston, FL. For his professional training, Dr. Baez-Escudero completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Temple University. His clinical interests include orthostatic hypotension, heart tumor, and second opinions. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: The Eric N. Prystowsky Fellows Clinical Research Award, Heart Rhythm Society 2011, San Francisco CA. In addition to English, Dr. Baez-Escudero (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Baez-Escudero is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Second Opinions, Heart Bypass Surgery, Cryosurgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Alison Schneider is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Schneider's clinical interests include cancer screening, polypectomy (polyp removal), and achalasia. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Schneider is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Ascites, Esophageal Manometry, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Gregory Gilot is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Weston, FL and West Palm Beach, FL. Dr. Gilot (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French and Haitian Creole. His areas of expertise include the following: general orthopedics, arthroplasty, and clinical trials. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Gilot completed a residency program at the University Medical Center, Lafayette. Dr. Gilot has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Gilot 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 received the distinction of Fellow, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Pain, Shoulder Revision, Knee Pain, Shoulder Dislocation, Musculoskeletal Pain, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Franck Rahaghi works as a pulmonologist in Weston, FL. Dr. Rahaghi (or staff) speaks French and Persian. Clinical interests for Dr. Rahaghi include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), shortness of breath (dyspnea), and pulmonary hypertension. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Rahaghi is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Rahaghi honors 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 distinctions including Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Innovator Award, Cleveland Clinic, for innovation in medical technology.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Lung Problems, Chest X-ray, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard, Mc Fla; Department of Nephrology and Hypertension
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Mauro Braun is a specialist in adult nephrology. He works in Weston, FL. His education and training includes medical school at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Medicine and residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Braun include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Braun average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Braun takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boca Raton Super Doctors. Dr. Braun (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Glomerular Diseases, Nephrotic Syndrome, Total ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Suite # A11/12
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Dianne Sandy is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sandy include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. After completing medical school at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences, Dr. Sandy performed her residency at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Sandy is rated highly by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sandy takes.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Glomerular Diseases, Nephrotic Syndrome, Total ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Nestor Galvez-Jimenez is a neurologist in Weston, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Galvez-Jimenez include migraine, restless leg syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences, he performed his residency at Booth Memorial Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: Upsilon Phi Delta Society, Honor Society, Barry University Health Services Administration; Best Doctors in America; and America's Top Physicians, Consumer's Research Council of America. Dr. Galvez-Jimenez speaks Spanish. Dr. Galvez-Jimenez is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, Dementia, Nerve ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Juan Suarez's specialty is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: hip replacement, knee arthroscopy, and knee injury. Dr. Suarez is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. On average, patients gave Dr. Suarez a rating of 5.0 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. Suarez accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hip Revision, Bone Problems, Total Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Diego C Reino, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Diego Reino works as a general surgeon and transplant surgeon. His areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. Dr. Reino is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center. 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 studied medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Reino trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School for residency. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Liver Tumor, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Marcelo Helguera is an adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm) specialist in Weston, FL. Dr. Helguera has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Helguera include antiarrhythmics, pulmonary valve disease, and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) insertion. 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. He studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Helguera is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Implantable Loop Recorder, Biventricular Pacemaker, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Gabriel Schnickel's areas of specialization are general surgery and transplant surgery. His clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. Dr. Schnickel is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schnickel honors. After attending the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Dr. Schnickel completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Liver Tumor, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Doris Rodriguez sees patients in Weston, FL. Her medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among her clinical interests: general neurology, concussion, and bell's palsy. Patients gave Dr. Rodriguez an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Rodriguez attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for her residency. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Neuromuscular Disorders, Status Epilepticus, Migraine, Dementia, Nerve ... (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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