We found 12 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold HMO near Fort Worth, TX.

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

Dr. Ira Epstein's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include renal artery stenosis, glomerulonephritis, and urine culture. Dr. Epstein is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Epstein is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is accepting new patients. Before performing his residency at Cooper University Hospital, Dr. Epstein attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Dr. Charles Adger West Jr., MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 680
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Charles West practices cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. These areas are among Dr. West's clinical interests: thoracic outlet syndrome, abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), and vascular surgery procedures. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama for residency. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor Clinic, and Park Plaza Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Aortic Disease, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jeremy Watkins' medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His areas of expertise include allergy skin testing, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and acoustic neuroma. Dr. Watkins's hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Cook Children's. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Patient ratings for Dr. Watkins average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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

Dr. Abdul Hafeez is an adult nephrologist in Fort Worth, TX. He attended Dow Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo for residency. His areas of expertise include vitamin D deficiency, polycystic kidney disease, and nephrotic syndrome. Dr. Hafeez honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hafeez (or staff) speaks Urdu. 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 accepting new patients.

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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, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1650 W Rosedale Street; Suite 302
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Shahid Aziz is a gastroenterologist. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Aziz's areas of expertise include the following: indigestion, esophageal varices, and achalasia. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aziz accepts. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. His education and training includes medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

Dr. Keith Ward Louden, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
800 8th Avenue; Suite 506
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Keith Louden's specialties are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He practices in Fort Worth, TX and Granbury, TX. Before completing his residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Dr. Louden attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Louden's clinical interests: knee arthritis, sports health, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth. Dr. Louden's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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

Dr. Bibas Reddy is a physician who specializes in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Reddy's areas of expertise include bladder cancer, thrombocytosis (high platelet count), and psoriatic arthritis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. He attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Reddy is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Reddy has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He welcomes new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Farooq Selod practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Fort Worth, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Selod include strains, steroid injections, and arm fracture. He 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 attended medical school at Dow Medical College. He trained at St. Francis Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Selod (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Selod's hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Resources.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

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

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

Dr. Adebola Olatunji's specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Olatunji accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences and Ogun State University, Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences. Dr. Olatunji's residency was performed at The Dudley Group of Hospitals. His professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Dinesh Bhambhvani is a Fort Worth, TX physician who specializes in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Bhambhvani is a graduate of L.T. Municipal Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Bhambhvani trained at Beaumont Hospitals. Clinical interests for Dr. Bhambhvani include brain aneurysm, migraine, and sleep apnea. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bhambhvani takes. Dr. Bhambhvani's hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He welcomes 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)

Dr. Mary Ann A Skiba, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
800 West Magnolia
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Mary Skiba, who practices in Fort Worth, TX and Weatherford, TX, is a medical specialist in adult hematology and adult oncology. Dr. Skiba's areas of expertise include myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), lung cancer, and anemia. Her professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Skiba honors. Dr. Skiba welcomes new patients. She is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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)

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

Dr. Fidelis Unini is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Unini's clinical interests include indigestion, esophageal varices, and achalasia. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Unini 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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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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