We found 14 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept First Health POS near Houston, TX.

Dr. Joseph S Spindler, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Spindler is an adult rheumatology specialist. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Spindler's clinical interests: raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine and Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Spindler has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Lower Back Pain, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Suong Mai Tran, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1701 Sunset Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Suong Tran specializes in adult rheumatology. These areas are among Dr. Tran's clinical interests: raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Rosa Tang is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Tang's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. The average patient rating for Dr. Tang is 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 honors. Her education and training includes medical school at Cayetano Heredia University and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Tang has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. Dr. Tang has an open panel.

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

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

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

Dr. Norman Rappaport, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Rappaport include cleft lip and palate, thigh lift, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Dr. Rappaport is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rappaport's office for an appointment. He is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Rappaport completed residency programs at Abington Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

Dr. John Eaton Wolf Jr., MA, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. John Wolf is a physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of ultraviolet (UV) light therapy, rosacea, and psoriasis. Dr. Wolf's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He welcomes new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Wolf attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Wolf is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Rosacea, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Tropical Skin Diseases, Psoriasis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sylvia Hsu, MD, BA
Specializes in Dermatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sylvia Hsu works as a dermatologist. Dr. Hsu's education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Jefferson Medical College. Her areas of expertise include the following: warts, moles, and acne. The average patient rating for Dr. Hsu is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hsu 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. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Skin Cancer, Skin Biopsy, Skin Surgery, Moles, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Acne

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

Dr. Randolph Evans' area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Evans average 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Evans's clinical interests: back pain, multiple sclerosis (MS), and neck pain. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Evans speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Evans welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Dr. Ching-Chiang Allen Chu, PhD, MD
Specializes in Other, Neuromuscular Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology
15655 Cypress Woods Medical Drive; Suite 400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. C. Chu practices neuromuscular medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Chu include facial problems, tremors, and sleep apnea. Dr. Chu is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chu accepts. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of Kaohsiung Medical University. He completed his residency training at Duke University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Chu is conversant in Chinese.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Facial Problems, Sleep Apnea, Neck Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bernardino Flores Abaya, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bernardino Abaya is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abaya include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After attending the University of the Philippines College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Abaya completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Abaya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Physical Exams, Lupus, High Cholesterol, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Yadollah Harati, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Yadollah Harati is a neurologist and neuromuscular medicine specialist in Houston, TX. Dr. Harati attended medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. His areas of expertise include the following: myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and guillain-barre syndrome. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Harati is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Dermatomyositis, Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Physical ... (Read more)

Dr. Agha Sahir Saleem, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
1919 North Loop West Suite; 410
Houston, TX
 

Dr. A. Saleem is a general internist and adult pulmonologist in Houston, TX. Dr. Saleem is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include thyroid problems, depression, and adolescent issues. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Saleem is affiliated with Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Sleep Disorders, Incontinence, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. .Jeffrey Preston Gaitz, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1740 W 27th Street; #206
Houston, TX
 

Dr. .Jeffrey Gaitz is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Gaitz's areas of expertise include the following: multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and epilepsy. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Gaitz attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Epilepsy, Alzheimer's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease

Dr. Barbara Elizabeth Bush, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Barbara Bush's specialty is general internal medicine. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bush's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menopause, and thyroid problems. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Dr. Bush attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Bursitis, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Non-Invasive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Jose Olivero Sr., MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2206
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Juan Olivero sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Olivero's clinical interests include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Olivero is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, ... (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.