We found 20 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Coventry Health Care Plans near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Richard Rubin is a rheumatologist in Houston, TX. In Dr. Rubin's practice, he is particularly interested in raynaud's, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rubin accepts. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Rubin is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Rubin is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Ramona Mihu's specialty is adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise consist of lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. Mihu is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She 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. Jovan M Popovich, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6560 Fannin Street; Scurlock Tower, Suite 400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jovan Popovich's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Popovich include rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Popovich is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Venessa Holland sees patients in Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is adult pulmonology. Her areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and preventive care. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Holland performed her residency at St. Paul University Hospital, Dallas and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. Jenny Mei-Ju Lai, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1878
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jenny Lai is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) specialist in Houston, TX. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Lai include general neurology, multiple sclerosis (MS), and spasticity. Dr. Lai takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Lai studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Aneurysm, Spine Problems, Stroke, Stroke Rehabilitation, Injuries, Brain Injury, Botulinum Toxin ... (Read more)

Dr. David Barry Rosenfield, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 802
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Rosenfield, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Rosenfield include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and musculoskeletal pain. The average patient rating for Dr. Rosenfield is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rosenfield obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Shoulder Problems, Myasthenia Gravis, Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, Memory ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Glenn Smith, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6560 Fannin Street; Scurlock Tower, Suite 802
Houston, TX
 

Dr. R. Smith is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Smith is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include bell's palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and spasticity. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Smith's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Smith's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Muscular Dystrophy, Electromyography, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Paul Huston, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Huston's specialty is adult allergy & immunology. These areas are among his clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. Dr. Huston is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Huston graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Huston completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Arthritis, Sinusitis, Lupus, Asthma, Vasculitis, Hives, Angioedema, Hay Fever

Dr. Rafiq Qasam Ali, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Chiropractic
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rafiq Ali practices family medicine and chiropractic. Dr. Ali's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include warts, thyroid problems, and depression. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ali honors. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Ali is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Sports Health, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rony Ninan, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 1014
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rony Ninan practices neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He attended St. George's University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: tremors, guillain-barre syndrome, and seizures. On average, patients gave Dr. Ninan a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ninan is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Lower Back Pain, Neck Problems, Neuropathy, Tremors, Epilepsy, Memory ... (Read more)

Dr. Terry A Clyburn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6445 Main Street; Suite 2500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Terry Clyburn practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Clyburn is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for his residency. Dr. Clyburn has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Clyburn is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard K Simpson Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
6560 Fannin Street; Scurlock Tower, Suite 900
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Simpson's specialty is neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Simpson include tremors, spasticity, and pain management. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Simpson attended medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Dr. Simpson's 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Neck Problems, Brain Surgery, Movement Disorders, Neck Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ericka P Simpson, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 802
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ericka Simpson is a neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Dr. Simpson is especially interested in myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and guillain-barre syndrome. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Simpson's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Simpson has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Muscular Dystrophy, Neurodegenerative Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohammad Al Baeer, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mohammad Al Baeer's specialties are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He practices in Houston, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Al Baeer include back pain, bell's palsy, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Al Baeer is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Al Baeer graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neck Pain, Neuropathy, Epilepsy, Back Pain, Alzheimer's Disease, Headache, Botulinum Toxin ... (Read more)

Dr. Sheetal Shivaprasad, MD
Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 802
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sheetal Shroff is an osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Her areas of expertise include myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and guillain-barre syndrome. Dr. Shroff is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She graduated from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Shroff is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Facial Problems, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Skin Biopsy, Muscular ... (Read more)

Dr. Tilottama Md Majumdar, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tilottama Majumdar is an adult pulmonology specialist in Houston, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Majumdar average 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise consist of lung biopsy, lung surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Majumdar is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Majumdar accepts. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Majumdar's office for an appointment. She studied medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Scleroderma, Sleep Apnea, Lung Surgery

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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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