We found 40 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept MyBlue Silver 1604 near Weston, FL.

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

Dr. Hossam Elzawawy specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Weston, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Elzawawy speaks Arabic. Clinical interests for Dr. Elzawawy include sciatica, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Elzawawy attended medical school at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. He trained at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport for his residency. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He 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, 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 specializes in plastic surgery and hand surgery. He speaks French. Clinical interests for Dr. Friedman include amputation, rhabdomyosarcoma, and sports health. Dr. Friedman is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his 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 is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Friedman 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. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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 Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Luis Lara is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Lara include foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. Dr. Lara 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. His education and training includes medical school at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Northeastern Ohio Universities. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Lara has received include 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. His 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's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His education and training includes medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and residency at Cleveland Clinic. His areas of expertise include knee ligament injuries, joint aspiration (arthrocentesis), and knee arthroscopy. Dr. Barsoum's average rating from his patients is 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. Dr. Barsoum has received professional recognition including the following: 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's area of specialization is cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include orthostatic hypotension, heart tumor, and second opinions. Dr. Baez-Escudero honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Baez-Escudero trained at a hospital affiliated with Temple University for residency. He has received the distinction of The Eric N. Prystowsky Fellows Clinical Research Award, Heart Rhythm Society 2011, San Francisco CA. Dr. Baez-Escudero (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Baez-Escudero is professionally 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 works as an adult gastroenterologist. Her clinical interests include cancer screening, polypectomy (polyp removal), and achalasia. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Schneider honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Schneider completed her residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. She 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 an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Weston, FL and West Palm Beach, FL. Dr. Gilot (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French and Haitian Creole. Clinical interests for Dr. Gilot include general orthopedics, arthroplasty, and clinical trials. Dr. Gilot is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. He attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University Medical Center, Lafayette. Patient ratings for Dr. Gilot average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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: 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's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. On average, patients gave Dr. Rahaghi a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: collapsed lung (pneumothorax), shortness of breath (dyspnea), and pulmonary hypertension. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Rahaghi accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for his residency. Dr. Rahaghi has received professional recognition including the following: 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)

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 in Weston, FL. Patient reviews placed Dr. Braun at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Braun include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Dr. Braun attended medical school at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Braun has received professional recognition including the following: Boca Raton Super Doctors. Dr. Braun (or staff) speaks the following foreign 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 medical specialist in adult nephrology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Sandy include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Sandy honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences and a graduate of Cleveland Clinic's residency program.

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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 medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is a graduate of the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Galvez-Jimenez completed residency programs at Booth Memorial Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include migraine, restless leg syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Galvez-Jimenez's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. 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. His distinctions include: 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)

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

Dr. Juan Suarez is a physician who specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. These areas are among Dr. Suarez's clinical interests: hip replacement, knee arthroscopy, and knee injury. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 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. After completing medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. 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. 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 in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Weston, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reino include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. Dr. Reino's professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Reino attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. Gabriel Schnickel is a general surgeon and transplant surgeon. Dr. Schnickel's areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Health Medical Center. 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. Dr. Schnickel is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. His residency was performed 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 Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Marcelo Helguera's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Helguera studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: antiarrhythmics, pulmonary valve disease, and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) insertion. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He 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. Dr. Helguera 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 Neurology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Doris Rodriguez practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Rodriguez attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Her areas of expertise include general neurology, concussion, and bell's palsy. Patients gave her an average 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. Rodriguez honors. In addition to English, Dr. Rodriguez 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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