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We found 10 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders near Goodlettsville, TN.

Dr. Paul Jason Leavitt, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
353 New Shackle Island Road; Suite 103a
Hendersonville, TN
 

Dr. Paul Leavitt's specialty is family medicine. For his residency, Dr. Leavitt trained at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Leavitt's areas of expertise include depression, ear pain, and cysts. The average patient rating for Dr. Leavitt is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Leavitt takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Breast Pain, Male Incontinence, Depression, Female Incontinence, Ear Pain, Eczema, Dizziness, ... (Read more)

Dr. Helion Wilfredo Cruz, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
353 New Shackle Island Road; Suite 244c
Hendersonville, TN
 

Dr. Helion Cruz is a neurologist in Hendersonville, TN. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include migraine, parkinson's disease, and neuromuscular disorders (nerve & muscle diseases). Dr. Cruz is affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center and TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cruz completed his residency training at Temple University Hospital. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Seizure Disorders, Parkinson's Disease, Neuromuscular Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Victor Fairhurst, MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Other
3040 Business Park Circle
Goodlettsville, TN
 

Dr. Mark Fairhurst specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Fairhurst is especially interested in warts, acne, and psoriasis. Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fairhurst accepts. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. He is affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Psoriasis, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Skin Cancer, Acne, Skin Issues

Dr. Robert John Serro, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
3443 Dickerson Pike; Suite 520
Nashville, TN
 

Dr. Robert Serro's specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). His clinical interests include back pain, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and spasticity. He is professionally affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center. Dr. Serro is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, First Health, and more. His education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Tufts Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Degenerative Disc Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary E Clinton, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3443 Dickerson Pike; Suite 580
Nashville, TN
 

Dr. Mary Clinton's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In Dr. Clinton's practice, she is particularly interested in seizure disorders, parkinson's disease, and stroke. She is affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center. Before performing her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Clinton attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Humana, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Seizure Disorders, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Amyotrophic Lateral ... (Read more)

Dr. Marcus M Min, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
607 W Due West Avenue; Suite 122
Madison, TN
 

Dr. Marcus Min's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Min's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include alcohol abuse, cryotherapy, and migraine. He is affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center. He honors MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Dr. Min speaks Korean.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Breast Pain, Cryosurgery, Male Incontinence, Depression, Female Incontinence, Sports ... (Read more)

Dr. John A Stewart, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Pathology
353 New Shackle Island Road; Suite 107a
Hendersonville, TN
 

Dr. John Stewart's medical specialty is family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Stewart include alcohol abuse, depression, and ear pain. The average patient rating for Dr. Stewart is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Stewart honors Amerigroup, MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Stewart (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Breast Pain, Male Incontinence, Depression, Female Incontinence, Ear Pain, Sports ... (Read more)

Dr. Ifeanyi Obi Obianyo, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
355 New Shackle Island Road; Suite 206 A
Hendersonville, TN
 

Dr. Ifeanyi Obianyo works as an internist. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: thyroid problems, depression, and bone marrow exam (aspiration and biopsy). Dr. Obianyo takes MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Meharry Medical College. He is affiliated with TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus

All Interests: Breast Pain, Male Incontinence, Depression, Female Incontinence, Bone Marrow Exam, Eczema, ... (Read more)

Dr. Harry Joseph Bonnaire, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
607 W Due West Avenue; Suite 102
Madison, TN
 

Dr. Harry Bonnaire's area of specialization is family medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Bonnaire is 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include alcohol abuse, migraine, and snoring. MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bonnaire accepts. Dr. Bonnaire (or staff) speaks Spanish, Haitian Creole, and French. Dr. Bonnaire is affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Breast Pain, Male Incontinence, Female Incontinence, Eczema, Dizziness, Neck Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Keith H Loven, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
201 Bluebird Drive
Goodlettsville, TN
 

Dr. Keith Loven's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Loven's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: laser hair removal, moles, and acne. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC) and TriStar Skyline Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Viant, and more. Dr. Loven studied medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Moles, Psoriasis, Eczema, Laser Hair Removal, Skin Cancer, Acne

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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.