We found 11 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare PPO near Fort Worth, TX.

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

Dr. Jesse Smith is a physician who specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include dermabrasion, ear pain, and enlarged turbinates. Dr. Smith has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Smith has received professional recognition including the following: Top 10 MD; Fort Worth Top Doc; and American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake. Dr. Smith is accepting 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. Ira Marc Epstein, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ira Epstein is a nephrologist in North Richland Hills, TX and Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Epstein is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include renal artery stenosis, glomerulonephritis, and urine culture. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Epstein accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and 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. Joseph Houston Shelton, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
900 West Mognolia Avenue; Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Shelton is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shelton include stomach tumor, colon polypectomy, and colon cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Shelton's professional affiliations include 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, Gallstones, Gastritis, Enteroscopy, Intestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jeremy Watkins is a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include allergy skin testing, dermatitis (skin inflammation), and enlarged turbinates. Dr. Watkins is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Cook Children's. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and more. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Watkins obtained his medical school training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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

Dr. Abdul Hafeez sees patients in Fort Worth, TX. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Hafeez obtained his medical school training at Dow Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. His areas of expertise include the following: vitamin D deficiency, polycystic kidney disease, and nephrotic syndrome. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Hafeez (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. His professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Hafeez's practice is open to 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. Oyeyemi Adetokunbo Fabuyi, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
508 S Adams; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Oyeyemi Fabuyi's specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. After completing medical school at Ogun State University, Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences, he performed his residency at Harlem Hospital Center. His areas of expertise include the following: syncope (fainting), aortic valve disease, and bronchiectasis. The average patient rating for Dr. Fabuyi is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fabuyi accepts. Dr. Fabuyi's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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: Bronchiectasis, Atrial Fibrillation, Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Shahid Aziz practices adult gastroenterology in Fort Worth, TX. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Aziz's residency was performed at Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas. His clinical interests include indigestion, esophageal varices, and achalasia. The average patient rating for Dr. Aziz is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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

Dr. Adebola Olatunji's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Olatunji's education and training includes medical school at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences and Ogun State University, Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences and residency at The Dudley Group of Hospitals. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He welcomes new patients.

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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's areas of specialization are adult hematology and adult oncology. Her clinical interests include myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), lung cancer, and anemia. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Skiba is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Her 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)

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. Dr. Cristobal's areas of expertise include the following: nystagmus, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and syncope (fainting). His professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Cook Children's. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is accepting new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Cristobal attended the University of Navarra School of Medicine. Dr. Cristobal is conversant in Spanish.

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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 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). Clinical interests for Dr. Bhambhvani include brain aneurysm, migraine, and sleep apnea. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Bhambhvani studied medicine at L.T. Municipal Medical College. Dr. Bhambhvani trained at Beaumont Hospitals for residency. He is affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. His 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)

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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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