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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
2121 Holcombe Boulevard; Suite 800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julie Patel works as an allergist and immunologist and adult rheumatologist. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Patel attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. These areas are among Dr. Patel's clinical interests: raynaud's, osteoporosis, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinctions: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann. Dr. Patel is accepting new patients.

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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 a medical specialist in allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Khurana's areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, CIGNA Plans, and more. She has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Khurana is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She has an open panel.

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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 a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. These areas are among Dr. Rubin's clinical interests: raynaud's, lupus, and lyme disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Rubin has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Rubin's 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 is a specialist in allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. She works in Houston, TX. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. These areas are among Dr. Alim's clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Her distinctions include: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Alim is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Her practice is open to 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. Suong Mai Tran, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1701 Sunset Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Suong Tran is an adult rheumatology specialist in Houston, TX. Dr. Tran's areas of expertise include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She is professionally 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. Tariq Hanna Khalaf, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2101 Crawford Street; Suite 202
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tariq Khalaf is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Houston, TX, Katy, TX, and Klein, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, sinusitis (sinus infection), and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khalaf takes. He attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Khalaf is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Jovan Popovich is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Popovich include rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Popovich is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Belgrade School of Medicine. Dr. Popovich is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

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

Dr. Viviane Bunin is a rheumatologist in Houston, TX. She has a special interest in lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Bunin's medical residency was performed at Baystate Medical Center. Dr. Bunin has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She has an open panel.

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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 practices adult rheumatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Mihu average 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Mihu include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She has an open panel.

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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 sees patients in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Galveston, TX. Her medical specialties are neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and ophthalmology (eye disease). Her education and training includes medical school at Cayetano Heredia University and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. Her areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. On average, patients gave Dr. Tang a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tang takes. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Tang's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. She 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 Exam, Myasthenia Gravis, Diabetic Retinopathy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Keith Tyring, PhD, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
6655 Travis Street; Suite #700
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Tyring is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist in Webster, TX, Houston, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. Dr. Tyring has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests encompass psoriasis and viral infection. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Tyring attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Tyring (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and German. He is professionally affiliated with Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Viral Infection, Psoriasis, Infections

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

Dr. Norman Rappaport is a specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. These areas are among Dr. Rappaport's clinical interests: cleft lip and palate, thigh lift, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Before performing his residency at Abington Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Rappaport attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rappaport honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Rappaport has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Scleroderma, Sclerotherapy, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic ... (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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Coselli attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Coselli include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), mitral valve prolapse, and thyroid problems. His average patient rating is 4.0 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. Coselli has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Texas Heart Institute (THI). New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Coselli's office for an appointment.

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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 is an adult nephrology specialist. After completing medical school at the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. Dr. Frommer accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Frommer's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Dr. Steven Marc Lovitt, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Steven Lovitt's areas of specialization are neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and sleep apnea. Dr. Lovitt has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Lovitt attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Lovitt (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Bone Spurs, Sleep Disorders, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Randolph Warren Evans, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1200 Binz, Suite 1370; Plaza Medical Center
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Randolph Evans works as a neurologist in Houston, TX. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Evans trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Evans's clinical interests: back pain, multiple sclerosis (MS), and neck pain. Patient reviews placed Dr. Evans at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Evans's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neck Pain, Surgical Procedures, Electroencephalography, Back Pain, Bloodless ... (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.