We found 55 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna PPO near Houston, TX.

Dr. Julie Yogesh Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology, Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julie Patel works as an adult allergist and immunologist and adult rheumatologist. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include the following: raynaud's, osteoporosis, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Her distinctions include: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Patel is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Polymyositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hives, Angioedema, Arthritis, Hay Fever, Raynaud's

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Viviane Bunin works as a rheumatologist in Houston, TX. Dr. Bunin has a special interest in lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. For her residency, Dr. Bunin trained at Baystate Medical Center. Dr. Bunin is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Vasculitis

Dr. Ramona Moraru, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ramona Mihu is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include the following: lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. Mihu's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mihu's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Arthritis, Lupus, Vasculitis

Dr. Richard Alan Rubin, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Rubin specializes in adult rheumatology. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Rubin's areas of expertise include raynaud's, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Rubin is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Arthritis, Lupus, Raynaud's

Dr. Sapandeep Kaur Khurana, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6624 Fannin Street, Saint Luke's O'quinn Medical Towers; Suite 1410
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sippi Khurana is an adult rheumatology specialist in Houston, TX. Her clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Khurana attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Khurana's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Polymyositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Hives, Angioedema, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Naureen Alim, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
6550 Fannin Street, Smith Tower; Suite 2421
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Naureen Alim is a specialist in allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Alim honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. Dr. Alim graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hives, Arthritis, Sinusitis, Hay Fever, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1701 Sunset Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Suong Tran works as a rheumatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Tran include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Tran is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Polymyositis, Osteoporosis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jovan M Popovich, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6560 Fannin Street; Scurlock Tower, Suite 400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jovan Popovich specializes in adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis. Patient ratings for Dr. Popovich average 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Popovich is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

Dr. Tariq Hanna Khalaf, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2101 Crawford Street; Suite 202
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tariq Khalaf practices adult rheumatology in Houston, TX, Katy, TX, and Spring, TX. His clinical interests include knee problems, sinusitis (sinus infection), and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Khalaf accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khalaf is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Keith Tyring, PhD, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1401 Binz Street; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Tyring is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of psoriasis and viral infection. Dr. Tyring's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Tyring's education and training includes medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Tyring (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Viral Infection, Psoriasis, Infections

Dr. Rosa A Tang, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
4901 Calhoun
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rosa Tang sees patients in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Galveston, TX. Her medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Tang is conversant in Spanish. Her clinical interests include thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). She studied medicine at Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Tang's training includes residency programs at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Tang's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Eye Trauma, Eye Exam, Pituitary Surgery, Myasthenia ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Stapleton Coselli, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Coselli is a cardiac surgery and vascular surgery specialist. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Coselli's areas of expertise include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), mitral valve prolapse, and thyroid problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Baylor Clinic. Dr. Coselli accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Lung Biopsy, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Gallstones, Abdominal Aortic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
5711 Almeda
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gerardo Bueso's specialty is adult endocrinology. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bueso's areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, anemia, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bueso is accepting new patients. After attending the University of Siena Faculty of Medicine and Surgery for medical school, he completed his residency training at Washington Hospital Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Bueso (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Bone Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Norman H Rappaport, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Other
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1812
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Norman Rappaport's area of specialization is plastic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rappaport's clinical interests include dermabrasion, moles, and body contouring. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Rappaport is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Abington Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Rappaport has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Butt Augmentation, Scleroderma, Sclerotherapy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Claire Huang Cao Chang, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
5115 Main Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Claire Chang is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). She attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Chang completed her residency training at Ochsner Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include contact dermatitis, thyroid problems, and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Chang is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Chang (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Chinese. Her professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Eye Trauma, Eye Exam, Myasthenia Gravis, Laser Treatment, Consultation, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Pedro Frommer, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. J. Frommer's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Frommer include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Frommer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Frommer attended the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto for residency. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Angiogram, Diabetes, Lupus, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Renal ... (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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