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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Desk 11/12
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Hossam Elzawawy is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: sciatica, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Elzawawy takes. He attended Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport. In addition to English, Dr. Elzawawy speaks Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

Dr. David Wayne Friedman, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Wnc3-121
Weston, FL
 

Dr. David Friedman practices plastic surgery and hand surgery in Weston, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Friedman include amputation, sports health, and tumor. Dr. Friedman's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. Friedman attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His medical residency was performed 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 speaks French. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

Dr. Wael Kamal Barsoum, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Wael Barsoum specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Barsoum trained at Cleveland Clinic. His areas of expertise include knee ligament injuries, joint aspiration (arthrocentesis), and knee arthroscopy. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Barsoum 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Barsoum 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). Dr. Barsoum 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)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Desk 21/22
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Luis Lara's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Lara average 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. Dr. Lara accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Lara trained at a hospital affiliated with Northeastern Ohio Universities. Dr. Lara has received distinctions including National Pancreas Foundation Travel Scholarship; Associates Council American College of Physicians, Ohio Chapter; and President of the Medical Student Council, EMIS-ITESM. Dr. Lara is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Gregory Joseph Gilot, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Desk 31/32
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Gregory Gilot practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Weston, FL and West Palm Beach, FL. Dr. Gilot is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine and a graduate of the University Medical Center, Lafayette's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gilot include general orthopedics, arthroplasty, and clinical trials. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gilot 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 has received the distinction of Fellow, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Gilot (or staff) is conversant in French and Haitian Creole. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Desk 31/32
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Nestor Galvez-Jimenez is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Weston, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Galvez-Jimenez include migraine, restless leg syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Galvez-Jimenez takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Galvez-Jimenez graduated from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences. He trained at Booth Memorial Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency. 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. He is conversant in Spanish. He 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)

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Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Desk 23/24
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Jose Baez-Escudero is a medical specialist in cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Baez-Escudero's areas of expertise include cryotherapy, orthostatic hypotension, and heart tumor. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Baez-Escudero honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Temple University. He has received the distinction of 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.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Desk 21/22
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Alison Schneider specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Weston, FL. These areas are among Dr. Schneider's clinical interests: cancer screening, polypectomy (polyp removal), and achalasia. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Schneider trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Mauro Braun specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Braun (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. These areas are among Dr. Braun's clinical interests: disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida. After attending Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Dr. Braun is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the distinction of Boca Raton Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

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

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

Dr. Dianne Sandy is an adult nephrology specialist. These areas are among Dr. Sandy's clinical interests: disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She 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. She attended medical school at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Sandy trained at Cleveland Clinic for her residency. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

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

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Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Desk 21/22
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Franck Rahaghi's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. The average patient rating for Dr. Rahaghi is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Rahaghi's clinical interests: collapsed lung (pneumothorax), shortness of breath (dyspnea), and pulmonary hypertension. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. 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. Rahaghi graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Rahaghi include: Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Innovator Award, Cleveland Clinic, for innovation in medical technology. Dr. Rahaghi (or staff) is conversant in French and Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Juan Suarez specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and practices in Weston, FL and West Palm Beach, FL. After attending the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Dr. Suarez completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. His clinical interests include hip replacement, knee arthroscopy, and knee injury. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Suarez is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Marcelo Eduardo Helguera, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Desk 23/24
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Marcelo Helguera is a Weston, FL physician who specializes in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Areas of expertise for Dr. Helguera include antiarrhythmics, pulmonary valve disease, and cryotherapy. On average, patients gave Dr. Helguera a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Helguera speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

Dr. Fernando Javier Castro-Pavia, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Desk 21/22
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Castro is an adult gastroenterologist in Weston, FL. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Castro's areas of expertise include the following: foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. The average patient rating for Dr. Castro is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors 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: , celiac disease

All Interests: Foreign Body Ingestion, Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Ascites, Cirrhosis, Rectal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gabriel Schnickel works as a general surgeon and transplant surgeon in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Weston, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center. Dr. Schnickel is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Schnickel is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program 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)

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

Dr. Diego Reino is a general surgeon and transplant surgeon. Dr. Reino attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. 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 is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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