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

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

Dr. Hossam Elzawawy's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Elzawawy's areas of expertise include sciatica, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Elzawawy trained at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport for his residency. 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)

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. His areas of expertise include the following: amputation, rhabdomyosarcoma, and sports health. Dr. Friedman's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes 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 the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Friedman completed residency programs 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. He is conversant in 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)

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

Dr. Luis Lara is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Lara's clinical interests: foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. After completing medical school at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine, Dr. Lara performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Northeastern Ohio Universities. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: National Pancreas Foundation Travel Scholarship; Associates Council American College of Physicians, Ohio Chapter; and President of the Medical Student Council, EMIS-ITESM.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Wael Barsoum practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. He trained at Cleveland Clinic for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Barsoum include knee ligament injuries, joint aspiration (arthrocentesis), and knee arthroscopy. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Barsoum honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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)

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

Dr. Gregory Gilot's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gilot include general orthopedics, arthroplasty, and clinical trials. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gilot takes. He studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University Medical Center, Lafayette. Dr. Gilot has received professional recognition including the following: Fellow, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Gilot (or staff) speaks French and Haitian Creole. He is 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)

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

Dr. Jose Baez-Escudero works as a cardiac electrophysiologist in Weston, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Baez-Escudero include cryotherapy, orthostatic hypotension, and heart tumor. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Baez-Escudero 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 completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Temple University. Dr. Baez-Escudero has received professional recognition including the following: The Eric N. Prystowsky Fellows Clinical Research Award, Heart Rhythm Society 2011, San Francisco CA. Dr. Baez-Escudero (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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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 Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Alison Schneider is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Schneider is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include cancer screening, polypectomy (polyp removal), and achalasia. Dr. Schneider is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Schneider completed her residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Nestor Galvez-Jimenez is a neurologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Galvez-Jimenez include migraine, restless leg syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Galvez-Jimenez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Galvez-Jimenez attended the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently 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 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)

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

Dr. Franck Rahaghi, who practices in Weston, FL, is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Rahaghi trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Rahaghi include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), shortness of breath (dyspnea), and pulmonary hypertension. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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. Dr. Rahaghi is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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

Dr. Mauro Braun is an adult nephrology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Braun include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. Dr. Braun is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He 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. After completing medical school at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Dr. Braun has received the distinction of Boca Raton Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Braun (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He is 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)

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

Dr. Dianne Sandy, who practices in Weston, FL, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. She is rated highly by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sandy include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She 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. Sandy attended the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at 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 Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Juan Suarez practices adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery in Weston, FL and West Palm Beach, FL. Dr. Suarez speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Suarez include hip replacement, knee arthroscopy, and knee injury. 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 Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Suarez has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes 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: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Fernando Castro is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, he speaks 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 medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Castro completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Castro takes 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)

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

Dr. Marcelo Helguera is a specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He works in Weston, FL. Dr. Helguera is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Helguera include antiarrhythmics, pulmonary valve disease, and cryotherapy. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Helguera graduated from the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Gabriel Schnickel specializes in general surgery and transplant surgery. Dr. Schnickel's areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. His professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Schnickel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He accepts 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: , lupus

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

Dr. Surafel Kebede Gebreselassie, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Q7
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Surafel Gebreselassie practices general internal medicine in Weston, FL. His areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, and glomerulonephritis. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Gebreselassie accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, Dr. Gebreselassie attended Jimma University, College of Public Health and Medical Sciences for medical school. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, scleroderma

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