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We found 23 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Coventry Health Care Plans near Houston, TX.

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. 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. Venessa Ann Holland, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Venessa Holland's specialty is adult pulmonology. Her areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and preventive care. Dr. Holland is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at St. Paul University Hospital, Dallas and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Holland attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Holland is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. 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. Robert Glenn Smith, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6560 Fannin Street; Scurlock Tower, Suite 802
Houston, TX
 

Dr. R. Smith is a neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Houston, TX and Galveston, TX. His clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS), spasticity, and myasthenia gravis. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Smith attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patients rated Dr. Smith highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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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. Eddie Lee Patton Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurology
6550 Fannin; Suite 1801
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Eddie Patton sees patients in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Patton include tremors, dystonia, and myasthenia gravis. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Patton attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Patton has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Cervical Dysplasia, Lower Back Pain, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jenny Lai practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Lai attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Her areas of expertise include the following: general neurology, multiple sclerosis (MS), and spasticity. Patients gave Dr. Lai an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Lai's practice is open to new patients.

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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 practices neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Rosenfield is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Rosenfield 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 following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Richard Simpson is a physician who specializes in neurosurgery. These areas are among Dr. Simpson's clinical interests: tremors, spasticity, and pain management. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 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. Dr. Simpson 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. Terry Alan Clyburn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 1700
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Terry Clyburn specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Clyburn include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Clyburn is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. 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 Houston. Patient reviews placed Dr. Clyburn at an average of 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. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Clyburn 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. David Paul Huston, MD
Specializes in Rheumatology, Adult Allergy & Immunology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Huston's specialties are rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) and adult allergy & immunology. He practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Huston's areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Huston attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Huston takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Dr. Tilottama Md Majumdar, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tilottama Majumdar sees patients in Houston, TX. Her medical specialties are general internal medicine, critical care (intensive care medicine), and sleep medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Majumdar include lung biopsy, lung surgery, and sleep apnea. On average, patients gave Dr. Majumdar a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She is a graduate of All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Dr. Majumdar is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

Dr. Milvia Yadira Pleitez, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 802
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Milvia Pleitez is a neurophysiologist, neurologist, and neuromuscular medicine specialist. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Pleitez's clinical interests: facial problems, myasthenia gravis, and guillain-barre syndrome. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pleitez is accepting new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Facial Problems, Myasthenia Gravis, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Tetsuo Ashizawa, MD
Specializes in Neurology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1002
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tetsuo Ashizawa is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include parkinson's disease, skin biopsy, and musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Ashizawa is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He takes United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ashizawa has an open panel. He studied medicine at Keio University.

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Musculoskeletal Pain, Skin Biopsy, Movement Disorders, Muscular Dystrophy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lawrence Huu Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Lawrence Nguyen works as a rehabilitation physician. Dr. Nguyen graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His areas of expertise include knee problems, myasthenia gravis, and polymyositis. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Nguyen honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Sports Health, Bone Spurs, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, ... (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.