We found 43 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept MyBlue Silver 1604 near Weston, FL.

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Dr. Hossam Elzawawy, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Hossam Elzawawy's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Elzawawy's areas of expertise include lupus, polymyositis, and spondylosis (degenerative spine disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport. He speaks Arabic. Dr. Elzawawy is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, scleroderma

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

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

Dr. David Friedman is a specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. Before performing 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, Dr. Friedman attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Friedman include amputation, rhabdomyosarcoma, and sports health. Patient ratings for Dr. Friedman average 4.0 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. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Boca Raton Super Doctors and South Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Friedman speaks French. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

Dr. Adriana Adriana Rodriguez Quinoway, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Doris Rodriguez specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Rodriguez include general neurology, concussion, and bell's palsy. Dr. Rodriguez is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. Dr. Rodriguez graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Her average rating from her patients is 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 takes.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Dr. John Alex OConnell, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine, Sports Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. John O'Connell is a physiatrist, pain specialist, and sports medicine specialist in Weston, FL and West Palm Beach, FL. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. O'Connell include sports health, headache, and electromyography (EMG). He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. 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. O'Connell obtained his medical school training at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boca Raton Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Radiculopathy, Musculoskeletal Pain, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Nestor Galvez-Jimenez practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Galvez-Jimenez is 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include migraine, restless leg syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Booth Memorial Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Galvez-Jimenez 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)

Dr. Wael K Barsoum, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
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. Clinical interests for Dr. Barsoum include knee arthritis, knee ligament injury, and joint aspiration (arthrocentesis). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barsoum accepts. Dr. Barsoum's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Fairview Health Services.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Franck F Rahaghi, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Franck Rahaghi practices adult pulmonology. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rahaghi's areas of expertise include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), shortness of breath (dyspnea), and pleural effusion (water on the lungs). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Rahaghi 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. His distinctions include: Boca Raton Super Doctors and South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Rahaghi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

Dr. Andrew (Andrzej) Ukleja, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Ukleja is a gastroenterologist. In addition to English, he speaks Polish. Dr. Ukleja's clinical interests include achalasia, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. He attended Medical University of Lodz and then went on to complete his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ukleja 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: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Gabriel T Schnickel, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Gabriel Schnickel practices general surgery and transplant surgery in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Weston, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schnickel include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. His professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Schnickel attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Dr. Jose Luis Baez-Escudero, MD
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). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Baez-Escudero's areas of expertise include orthostatic hypotension, heart tumor, and second opinions. 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. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Temple University. Dr. Baez-Escudero (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Fernando Castro-Pavia is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Castro-Pavia's areas of expertise include foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Castro-Pavia's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Foreign Body Ingestion, Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Ascites, Cirrhosis, Rectal ... (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's specialties are adult cardiology and hospital medicine (hospitalist). He practices in Weston, FL. His areas of expertise include amputation, thrombocytosis (high platelet count), and carotid artery disease. Dr. Farid is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. 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. Before performing his residency at Caritas Carney Hospital, Dr. Farid attended Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Farid (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Persian and Turkish.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

Dr. Alison J Schneider, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Alison Schneider's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Schneider average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schneider include cancer screening, polypectomy (polyp removal), and achalasia. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Schneider performed her 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)

Dr. Juan Carlos Suarez, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Juan Suarez is an adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery specialist. Dr. Suarez has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: hip replacement, knee arthroscopy, and knee injury. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Suarez attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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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 general surgeon and transplant surgeon. Dr. Reino's areas of expertise include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reino honors. He graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Reino is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston 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)

Dr. Rute Cecilia Ribeiro Teles, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Rute Paixao works as an adult nephrologist. Her training includes a residency program at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Areas of expertise for Dr. Paixao include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. 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. Paixao (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Paixao is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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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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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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