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We found 11 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare PPO 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. 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)

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

Dr. Adebola Olatunji's specialty is general internal medicine. His clinical interests include diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Olatunji is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Olatunji welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences and Ogun State University, Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences and performed his residency at The Dudley Group of Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Mary Skiba practices adult hematology and adult oncology in Fort Worth, TX and Weatherford, TX. Her clinical interests include myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), lung cancer, and anemia. She is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Dr. Skiba takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She has an open panel. She graduated from 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)

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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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bhambhvani include brain aneurysm, migraine, and sleep apnea. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bhambhvani takes. His practice is open to new patients. He graduated from L.T. Municipal Medical College and then he performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals.

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

Dr. Ricardo Cristobal, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in otology and neurotology. He attended medical school at the University of Navarra School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Cristobal's areas of expertise include nystagmus, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and syncope (fainting). Dr. Cristobal honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, 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: Neuroendoscopy, Dizziness, Bone Cancer, Bone Problems, Lower Back Pain, Ear Problems, Facial ... (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.