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We found 14 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold HMO near Fort Worth, TX.

Dr. Ira Marc Epstein, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ira Epstein's medical specialty is adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include renal artery stenosis, glomerulonephritis, and urine culture. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Epstein graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cooper University Hospital. On average, patients gave Dr. Epstein a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Renal Vascular Disease, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Kien T Tran, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
2801 S Hulen; Suite 400
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Kien Tran's medical specialty is pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology. On average, patients gave Dr. Tran a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tran include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Resources and VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Tran graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Tran (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1250 Eighth Avenue; Suite 135
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Jeremy Watkins is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Fort Worth, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Watkins include allergy skin testing, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and enlarged turbinates. On average, patients gave Dr. Watkins a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Watkins accepts. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Dr. Watkins is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Cook Children's. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Enlarged Turbinates, Dizziness, Down Syndrome, Bronchitis, Eyelid Problems, Bone Cancer, Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Abdul Hafeez, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
950 West Magnolia
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Abdul Hafeez is an adult nephrologist. His areas of expertise include the following: vitamin D deficiency, polycystic kidney disease, and nephrotic syndrome. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Hafeez is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended Dow Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo for residency. Dr. Hafeez (or staff) speaks Urdu.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Nephrotic Syndrome, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney Stones, Edema, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shahid Aziz, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1650 W Rosedale Street; Suite 302
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Shahid Aziz works as an adult gastroenterologist in Fort Worth, TX. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Aziz include indigestion, esophageal varices, and achalasia. Dr. Aziz accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. He attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas. Dr. Aziz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Abdominal ... (Read more)

Dr. Patrick Joseph Keehan, DO
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1300 W Terrell Avenue; Suite 300
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Patrick Keehan is a specialist in surgical dermatology. He works in Fort Worth, TX. He graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. Patient reviews placed Dr. Keehan at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Keehan speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG). Dr. Keehan is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Bibas Reddy, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
800 W. Magnolia Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Bibas Reddy's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He practices in Fort Worth, TX and Cleburne, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: bladder cancer, thrombocytosis (high platelet count), and psoriatic arthritis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Reddy graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Reddy has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, psoriasis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary Ann A Skiba, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Mary Skiba is a specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. She studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Skiba's areas of expertise include myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), lung cancer, and anemia. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Weatherford Regional Medical Center, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Liver Disease, Leukemia, Antiphospholipid Antibody ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
650 St. Louis Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Adebola Olatunji is an internist. Dr. Olatunji's areas of expertise include diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences and Ogun State University, Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at The Dudley Group of Hospitals. Dr. Olatunji is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
800 5th Avenue; Suite 400
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Farooq Selod practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Selod (or staff) speaks Urdu. Clinical interests for Dr. Selod include strains, steroid injections, and adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). Dr. Selod is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Resources. After completing medical school at Dow Medical College, he performed his residency at St. Francis Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Adhesive Capsulitis, Arm Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Shoulder Fracture, Hand Fracture, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
609 Hemphill Street; Suite 101
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Fidelis Unini works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Unini's areas of expertise include indigestion, esophageal varices, and achalasia. He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of the University of Nigeria Faculty of Medical Sciences.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Pyloric Stenosis, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 610
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Dinesh Bhambhvani works as a neurophysiologist and neurologist in Fort Worth, TX. He is a graduate of L.T. Municipal Medical College and a graduate of Beaumont Hospitals' residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bhambhvani include brain aneurysm, migraine, and sleep apnea. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Radiculopathy, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
800 8th Avenue; Suite 506
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Keith Louden is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: knee arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and hand fracture. Dr. Louden is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Louden accepts. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Louden completed his residency training at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Knee Arthritis, Arm Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Knee Fracture, Hand Fracture, Knee Pain, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
800 8th Avenue; Suite 326
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Catherine Harrell works as a surgical dermatologist. She is especially interested in contact dermatitis, psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Harrell's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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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.