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We found 29 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's medical specialty is adult nephrology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Epstein's areas of expertise include renal artery stenosis, glomerulonephritis, and urine culture. His professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Epstein graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cooper University Hospital.

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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 practices plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Fort Worth, TX and Colleyville, TX. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include the following: dermabrasion, ear pain, and enlarged turbinates. He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Smith attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith takes. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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

Dr. Sreekumaran Nair specializes in vascular neurology and practices in Fort Worth, TX. In addition to English, he speaks Malayalam. These areas are among Dr. Nair's clinical interests: brain aneurysm, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Nair attended medical school at Government Medical College, Kottayam and the University of Kerala. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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

Dr. Abdul Hafeez's medical 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, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After attending Dow Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. In addition to English, Dr. Hafeez (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Hafeez 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. Cary Layne Burton, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1201 Summit Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Cary Burton's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Burton include eyelid surgery, trichiasis (misdirected eyelash), and blepharitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dr. Burton attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, 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)

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

Dr. Jeremy Watkins is a Fort Worth, TX physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He studied medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Watkins trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee for his residency. His areas of expertise include the following: allergy skin testing, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and enlarged turbinates. Dr. Watkins has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Cook Children's. He is accepting 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. 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. His areas of expertise include syncope (fainting), aortic valve disease, and atrial fibrillation. Dr. Fabuyi's hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He studied medicine at Ogun State University, Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences. Dr. Fabuyi completed his residency training at Harlem Hospital Center. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders, scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Dan Bruhl is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Bruhl include eyelid surgery, glaucoma, and trichiasis (misdirected eyelash). He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Resources. Dr. Bruhl attended medical school 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). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bruhl accepts.

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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 is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Margo include glaucoma, cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, and trichiasis (misdirected eyelash). Dr. Margo is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Margo trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Margo 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)

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

Dr. Joseph Shelton is a gastroenterologist. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Shelton's clinical interests include stomach tumor, colon polypectomy, and colon cancer. His hospital/clinic 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 honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shelton's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Bibas Reddy works as an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist in Fort Worth, TX and Cleburne, TX. His areas of expertise include 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, United Healthcare Plans, and more. After completing medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Reddy performed his residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Reddy has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. Dr. Reddy is accepting 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)

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

Dr. Shahid Aziz specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Aziz's areas of expertise include the following: indigestion, esophageal varices, and achalasia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas for residency. Dr. Aziz has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aziz takes. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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Specializes in Ophthalmology
1201 Summit Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Robert Warren's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Warren include LASIK, trichiasis (misdirected eyelash), and comprehensive ophthalmology. His professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Warren is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Warren attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Timothy Niacaris is a physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Niacaris's areas of expertise include knee problems, steroid injections, and knee surgery. He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Niacaris takes. Dr. Niacaris has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Niacaris welcomes 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. Mohammad Ashfaq, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
1250 8th Avenue; Suite 515
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Mohammad Ashfaq is an adult gastroenterologist and adult transplant hepatologist in Fort Worth, TX. In addition to English, Dr. Ashfaq (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Ashfaq's areas of expertise consist of viral hepatitis, autoimmune disorders, and abnormal liver function tests (LFts). He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. His education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. Dr. Ashfaq 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.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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

Dr. Pavani Muddasani practices adult gastroenterology in Fort Worth, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Muddasani is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: hepatitis C, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and gastric (stomach) ulcer. She is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Resources. Dr. Muddasani is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She is a graduate of Osmania University and Kakatiya Medical College and a graduate of UPMC Shadyside's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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