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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 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)

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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)

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

Dr. Adebola Olatunji's area of specialization is general internal medicine. These areas are among Dr. Olatunji's clinical interests: diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has an open panel. He attended medical school at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences and Ogun State University, Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences. Dr. Olatunji's training includes a residency program 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. Ricardo Cristobal, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology
923 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ricardo Cristobal's area of specialization is otology and neurotology. He is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include nystagmus, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and syncope (fainting). Dr. Cristobal's hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Cook Children's. He graduated from the University of Navarra School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Cristobal completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cristobal accepts. His practice 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)

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

Dr. Dinesh Bhambhvani, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise 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. Before completing his residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Bhambhvani attended medical school at L.T. Municipal Medical College. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Bhambhvani 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)

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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.