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We found 28 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Fort Worth, TX.

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

Dr. Ira Epstein is a specialist in adult nephrology. After completing medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Cooper University Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Epstein's clinical interests: renal artery stenosis, glomerulonephritis, and urine culture. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Epstein is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Dr. Jesse Ellis Smith, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1500 South Main - Surgery Clinic
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Jesse Smith is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include dermabrasion, ear pain, and enlarged turbinates. Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake. Dr. Smith attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Enlarged Turbinates, Dizziness, Bone Cancer, Cosmetic Surgery, Hyperparathyroidism, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jeremy Watkins' specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Watkins include allergy skin testing, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and enlarged turbinates. Dr. Watkins takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans. Dr. Watkins 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. He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Cook Children's. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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's specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Hafeez's areas of expertise include vitamin D deficiency, polycystic kidney disease, and nephrotic syndrome. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. 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) is conversant in Urdu. He is professionally affiliated with 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. Cary Layne Burton, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1201 Summit Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Cary Burton works as an ophthalmologist in Fort Worth, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, trichiasis (misdirected eyelash), and blepharitis. Dr. Burton takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Burton speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Trichiasis, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Dry Eyes, Headache, Foreign Body Removal, ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel Edward Bruhl Jr., MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1201 Summit Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Dan Bruhl's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, glaucoma, and trichiasis (misdirected eyelash). Dr. Bruhl's hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Resources. Dr. Bruhl studied medicine at Medical University of Vienna and Baylor College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Trichiasis, Dry Eyes, Headache, Foreign Body Removal, Conjunctivitis, Glaucoma, Eye ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1201 Summit Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ted Margo's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Margo's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. His clinical interests include glaucoma, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and trichiasis (misdirected eyelash). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Margo accepts. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Trichiasis, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Dry Eyes, Headache, Foreign Body Removal, Conjunctivitis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
508 S Adams; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Oyeyemi Fabuyi specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology and practices in Fort Worth, TX, Lakeworth, TX, and Arlington, TX. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: syncope (fainting), aortic valve disease, and atrial fibrillation. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fabuyi accepts. Dr. Fabuyi attended Ogun State University, Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Harlem Hospital Center. He is 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: , autoimmune disorders, scleroderma

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Cardiomyopathy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Shahid Aziz, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: indigestion, esophageal varices, and achalasia. Dr. Aziz is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Aziz 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)

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1201 Summit Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Robert Warren's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Warren attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Warren include LASIK, trichiasis (misdirected eyelash), and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Warren is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Warren takes. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Trichiasis, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Dry Eyes, Headache, Foreign Body Removal, Conjunctivitis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Vascular Neurology, Other
915 S. Main Street; Suite A
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Sreekumaran Nair, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in vascular neurology. Dr. Nair's clinical interests include brain aneurysm, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He studied medicine at Government Medical College, Kottayam and the University of Kerala. Dr. Nair's professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Resources.

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

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

Dr. Pavani Muddasani, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
800 8th Avenue; Suite 632
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Pavani Muddasani specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Muddasani's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include indigestion, esophageal varices, and crohn's disease. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at UPMC Shadyside, Dr. Muddasani attended Osmania University and Kakatiya Medical College for medical school. Dr. Muddasani is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Resources.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Manometry, Esophagitis, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Houston Shelton, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
900 West Mognolia Avenue; Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Shelton is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Fort Worth, TX. In addition to English, Dr. Shelton speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shelton include stomach tumor, colon polypectomy, and colon cancer. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Shelton attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shelton is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Gallstones, Gastritis, Upper Endoscopy, Intestinal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Bibas Reddy practices adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. He attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Ochsner Medical Center for residency. These areas are among Dr. Reddy's clinical interests: bladder cancer, thrombocytosis (high platelet count), and psoriatic arthritis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Reddy has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. His practice is open to 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, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Timothy Niacaris' specialties are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Fort Worth, TX and Arlington, TX. His areas of expertise include knee problems, steroid injections, and knee surgery. Dr. Niacaris is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Niacaris attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Niacaris has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. 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: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Arm Fracture, Wrist Fracture, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, Hand Fracture, Ankle ... (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 works as an adult hematologist and adult oncologist. Her clinical interests include myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), lung cancer, and anemia. Her professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Weatherford Regional Medical Center, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Skiba graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. 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's practice 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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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.