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We found 59 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
2121 Holcombe Boulevard; Suite 800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julie Patel, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. Dr. Patel's clinical interests include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Patel has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. 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

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

Dr. Sippi Khurana is an allergist/immunologist and rheumatologist in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Khurana include sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. Dr. Khurana is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Khurana welcomes 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. Richard Alan Rubin, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Rubin is an adult rheumatologist in Houston, TX. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include raynaud's, lupus, and lyme disease. Dr. Rubin honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Rubin is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Naureen Alim's areas of specialization are allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. These areas are among her clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. Dr. Alim is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She has received the following distinctions: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Alim is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Jovan Popovich is an adult rheumatologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Popovich is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at the University of Belgrade School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Popovich has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1701 Sunset Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Suong Tran's specialty is adult rheumatology. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Tran's areas of expertise include the following: raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tran accepts. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

Dr. Viviane M Bunin, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Viviane Bunin practices adult rheumatology. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Bunin's areas of expertise consist of lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bunin honors. Her training includes a residency program at Baystate Medical Center. Dr. Bunin is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Vasculitis

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, Klein, TX, and Spring, TX. Dr. Khalaf graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khalaf include knee problems, sinusitis (sinus infection), and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Ramona Mihu is an adult rheumatologist in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mihu's areas of expertise consist of lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Mihu's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

Dr. Rosa Ana Tang, MPH, MBA, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology, Ophthalmology
4901 Calhoun; Building 505
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rosa Tang is a neurologist and ophthalmologist. Dr. Tang's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. She attended Cayetano Heredia University and then went on to complete her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Tang has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. She is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Eye Exam, Myasthenia Gravis, Diabetic Retinopathy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Norman Rappaport's specialties are plastic surgery and hand surgery. Dr. Rappaport's areas of expertise include cleft lip and palate, thigh lift, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Abington Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rappaport 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 professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Scleroderma, Sclerotherapy, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Stephen Tyring is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). He works in Webster, TX, Houston, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. His clinical interests include academic dermatology, psoriasis, and viral infection. Dr. Tyring has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Tyring's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Tyring (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. His professional affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Viral Infection, Skin Issues, Tropical Skin Diseases, Psoriasis, Academic Dermatology, Infections

Dr. William Hicks Iii Hadnott III, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1200 Binz Street; Suite 1430
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Hadnott's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine; he sees patients in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Hadnott include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and hip surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hadnott honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Hadnott is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Bone Spurs, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Stapleton Coselli, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6770 Bertner Avenue, Divsion of Cardiothoracic Surgery; Suite C330
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Coselli practices cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery in Houston, TX. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Coselli include mitral valve prolapse, thyroid problems, and lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Texas Heart Institute (THI). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Coselli's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Coselli completed his residency training 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)

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

Dr. J. Frommer, who practices in Houston, TX and Beaumont, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. Dr. Frommer is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Frommer is open to new patients. He 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Lupus, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Renal Biopsy, Dialysis

Dr. William Somerville Gilmer, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 1490
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Gilmer's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include the following: tremors, stroke, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Gilmer's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Gilmer completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neck Pain, Neuropathy, Tremors, Stroke, Epilepsy, Memory Loss, Back Pain, Transient Ischemic ... (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.