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 is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Weston, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Elzawawy include sciatica, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Elzawawy 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 is a graduate of Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport's residency program. Dr. Elzawawy is conversant in 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)

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

Dr. Luis Lara practices adult gastroenterology. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Lara's areas of expertise include the following: foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Lara's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic and Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center.

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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 is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After completing medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Barsoum performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. His areas of expertise include knee arthritis, knee ligament injury, and joint aspiration (arthrocentesis). His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Barsoum 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 Arthritis, Knee Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Revision Arthroplasty, Total Hip Replacement, Hip ... (Read more)

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

Dr. David Friedman specializes in plastic surgery and hand surgery and practices in Weston, FL. He speaks French. His areas of expertise include the following: amputation, rhabdomyosarcoma, and sports health. Dr. Friedman is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Friedman studied medicine 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 is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Honorary Police Surgeon, New York City Police Department.

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

Dr. Franck Rahaghi is an adult pulmonology specialist in Weston, FL. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Rahaghi attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Rahaghi's clinical interests: collapsed lung (pneumothorax), shortness of breath (dyspnea), and pulmonary hypertension. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He 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 Boca Raton Super Doctors; South Florida Super Doctors; and Innovator Award, Cleveland Clinic, for innovation in medical technology. In addition to English, Dr. Rahaghi (or staff) speaks French and Persian. Dr. Rahaghi is 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)

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

Dr. Nestor Galvez-Jimenez specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among Dr. Galvez-Jimenez's clinical interests: migraine, restless leg syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts 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's education and training includes medical school at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences and 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is 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 Neurology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Doris Rodriguez is a Weston, FL physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Her areas of expertise include general neurology, concussion, and bell's palsy. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She 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. Dr. Rodriguez speaks Spanish. Dr. Rodriguez 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)

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

Dr. Juan Suarez is an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Suarez graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. His clinical interests include hip replacement, knee arthroscopy, and knee injury. Patient ratings for Dr. Suarez average 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 is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Suarez is professionally 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. Diego C Reino, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Diego Reino is a medical specialist in general surgery and transplant surgery. His education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. His areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. Dr. Reino accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Reino speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. Alison Schneider is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Schneider is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Schneider include cancer screening, polypectomy (polyp removal), and achalasia. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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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's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gilot include knee arthritis, general orthopedics, and arthroplasty. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gilot honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at Penn State College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University Medical Center, Lafayette. He has received the distinction of Fellow, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Gilot (or staff) speaks French and Haitian Creole. Dr. Gilot is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Po-Heng Tsai has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: general neurology, concussion, and bell's palsy. Dr. Tsai 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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Tsai attended Tufts University School of Medicine. He is conversant in Taiwanese.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, Dementia, Nerve Conduction Studies, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Fernando Castro is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Castro's clinical interests include foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 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 graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. In addition to English, Dr. Castro speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Andrew Ukleja is an adult gastroenterology specialist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include achalasia, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and celiac disease. Dr. Ukleja is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ukleja takes. Dr. Ukleja studied medicine at Medical University of Lodz. He trained at Beaumont Hospitals for his residency. He has received the distinction of America's Top Doctors (Castle Connolly Ltd. Peer Nomination). In addition to English, he speaks Polish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Bleeding, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Tarannum Khan is a neurologist. Her clinical interests include general neurology, dystonia, and restless leg syndrome. Dr. Khan's average rating from her patients is 4.5 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. Khan takes. Her residency was performed at Cleveland Clinic Florida. She has received the following distinction: Cleveland Clinic Florida : Award for Clinical Excellence. In addition to English, Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Khan is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Dr. Mehrdad M Farid, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Hospital Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Mehrdad Farid is an adult cardiology and hospital medicine (hospitalist) specialist in Weston, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: amputation, thrombocytosis (high platelet count), and carotid artery disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Caritas Carney Hospital, Dr. Farid attended Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Farid (or staff) speaks Persian and Turkish. Dr. Farid is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Diagnostic Evaluation, Renal Vascular Disease, Scleroderma, Sclerotherapy, Vascular Surgery ... (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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