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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 works as a family medicine practitioner. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). His areas of expertise include depression, ear pain, and cysts. On average, patients gave Dr. Leavitt a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Leavitt is professionally affiliated with TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Breast Pain, Depression, Ear Pain, Eczema, Dizziness, Immunization, Bronchitis, Incontinence, Neck ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Helion Cruz specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He trained at Temple University Hospital for residency. Dr. Cruz's areas of expertise include migraine, parkinson's disease, and neuromuscular disorders (nerve & muscle diseases). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Cruz speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center and TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center.

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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's medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). These areas are among Dr. Fairhurst's clinical interests: warts, acne, and psoriasis. He is affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center. He takes Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at Mayo Clinic.

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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 is a rehabilitation physician in Nashville, TN. Dr. Serro's areas of expertise include back pain, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and spasticity. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and First Health, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Tufts Medical Center. He is affiliated with TriStar Skyline 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). Dr. Clinton's areas of expertise include seizure disorders, parkinson's disease, and stroke. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Humana, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Clinton completed a residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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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 average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Min include alcohol abuse, cryotherapy, and migraine. He is affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center. MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Min honors. He attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Min completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. He is conversant in Korean.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Breast Pain, Cryosurgery, Depression, Sports Health, Eczema, Dizziness, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. John Stewart practices family medicine in Hendersonville, TN. He graduated from East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Stewart trained at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). These areas are among his clinical interests: alcohol abuse, depression, and ear pain. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, MultiPlan, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stewart honors. In addition to English, Dr. Stewart (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and Russian. He is affiliated with TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Breast Pain, Depression, Ear Pain, Sports Health, Sleep Disorders, Breast Biopsy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Harry Bonnaire practices family medicine in Madison, TN. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, migraine, and snoring. Dr. Bonnaire is professionally affiliated with TriStar Skyline Medical Center. He is in-network for MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bonnaire (or staff) speaks Spanish, Haitian Creole, and French.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Breast Pain, Eczema, Dizziness, Incontinence, Neck Pain, Eating Disorders, Chronic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Keith Loven works as a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist in Goodlettsville, TN and Gallatin, TN. His areas of expertise include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and hair problems. He is affiliated with Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC) and TriStar Skyline Medical Center. Dr. Loven graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Loven is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Loven honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Moles, Psoriasis, Eczema, Laser Hair Removal, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Acne, Cosmetic Skin ... (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 is an internist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Obianyo include thyroid problems, depression, and bone marrow exam (aspiration and biopsy). The average patient rating for Dr. Obianyo is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts MultiPlan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and more. He studied medicine at Meharry Medical College. Dr. Obianyo is affiliated with TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus

All Interests: Breast Pain, Depression, Bone Marrow Exam, Eczema, Bronchitis, Incontinence, Neck Pain, Chronic ... (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.