We found 30 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 medical specialist in adult nephrology. Patient ratings for Dr. Epstein average 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal artery stenosis, glomerulonephritis, and urine culture. He is affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Medical City Alliance. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Epstein accepts. He is open to new patients. Dr. Epstein is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Cooper University Hospital's residency program.

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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 Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1500 South Main - Surgery Clinic
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Jesse Smith's areas of specialization are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat); he sees patients in Fort Worth, TX and Colleyville, TX. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include dermabrasion, ear pain, and enlarged turbinates. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Top 10 MD; Fort Worth Top Doc; and American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Smith is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake. Dr. Smith welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Enlarged Turbinates, Dizziness, Eyelid Retraction Repair, Thyroid Fine Needle ... (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, who practices in Houston, TX and Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. West attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. 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 is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Joseph Shelton's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shelton include celiac disease, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and diverticular disease. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shelton takes. He obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. In addition to English, Dr. Shelton speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Timothy Niacaris specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Niacaris include knee problems, steroid injections, and knee surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Dr. Niacaris honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Niacaris has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. 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)

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

Dr. Jeremy Watkins specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Watkins's clinical interests include anaphylaxis, allergy skin testing, and dermatitis (skin inflammation). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee, Dr. Watkins attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school. His professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Cook Children's. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Watkins's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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

Dr. Dinesh Bhambhvani's areas of specialization are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Bhambhvani's areas of expertise include brain aneurysm, migraine, and sleep apnea. 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 is a graduate of L.T. Municipal Medical College. He completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. His professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Bhambhvani's practice is open to 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. Daniel Edward Bruhl, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1201 Summit Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Dan Bruhl, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Bruhl attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Bruhl completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, glaucoma, and trichiasis (misdirected eyelash). Dr. Bruhl honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Resources.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

Dr. Sreekumaran K Nair, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
915 S. Main Street; Suite A
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Sreekumaran Nair is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Fort Worth, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: brain aneurysm, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. The average patient rating for Dr. Nair is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Malayalam. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth.

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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. Ricardo Cristobal, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
923 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ricardo Cristobal sees patients in Fort Worth, TX. His medical specialty is otology and neurotology. Dr. Cristobal attended the University of Navarra School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. His areas of expertise include the following: nystagmus, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and syncope (fainting). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Cook Children's. Dr. Cristobal is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Neuroendoscopy, Dizziness, Bone Cancer, Bone Problems, Lower Back Pain, Ear Problems, Facial ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Di Parks, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Parks include knee problems, strains, and knee surgery. She takes Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Parks obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed her residency at JPS Health Network. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. She is affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Parks's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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

Dr. Abdul Hafeez's area of specialization is adult nephrology. He attended medical school at Dow Medical College. Dr. Hafeez's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. His areas of expertise include vitamin D deficiency, polycystic kidney disease, and nephrotic syndrome. 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. Dr. Hafeez (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Hafeez's professional affiliations include Medical City 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: , autoimmune disorders

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

Dr. Oyeyemi Adetokunbo Fabuyi, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
508 S Adams; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Oyeyemi Fabuyi, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, Lakeworth, TX, and Arlington, TX, is a medical specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: syncope (fainting), aortic valve disease, and bronchiectasis. Dr. Fabuyi is affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Care. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fabuyi has an open panel. Before performing his residency at Harlem Hospital Center, Dr. Fabuyi attended Ogun State University, Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders, scleroderma

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

Dr. Cary Layne Burton, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1201 Summit Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Cary Burton is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, trichiasis (misdirected eyelash), and blepharitis. He is affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Burton is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Burton's education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1201 Summit Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ted Margo's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: glaucoma, trichiasis (misdirected eyelash), and blepharitis. Dr. Margo takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Margo trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Medical City 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)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1250 8th Avenue; Suite 515
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Mohammad Ashfaq's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology; he sees patients in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Ashfaq's areas of expertise include viral hepatitis, autoimmune disorders, and abnormal liver function tests (LFts). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from Dow Medical College and then he performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. Dr. Ashfaq (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Abnormal Liver Function Tests, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease, Viral ... (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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