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We found 16 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 sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Spindler is a graduate of Autonomous University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine and Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. His areas of expertise include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Spindler accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting 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)

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

Dr. John Wolf's medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Wolf has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Wolf include ultraviolet (UV) light therapy, academic dermatology, and rosacea. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has an open panel. Dr. Wolf is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Wolf has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He speaks 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. 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. 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. Sylvia Hsu, MD, BA
Specializes in Dermatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sylvia Hsu is a physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Patient reviews placed Dr. Hsu at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: warts, academic dermatology, and moles. She is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hsu's practice is open to new patients. She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Hsu has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Skin Cancer, Skin Biopsy, Skin Issues, Skin Surgery, Moles, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Acne, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Randolph Evans practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Houston, TX. Dr. Evans's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Evans include back pain, multiple sclerosis (MS), and neck pain. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Evans accepts. Dr. Evans graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Evans's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He is accepting 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's areas of specialization are neuromuscular medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and 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 the following: facial problems, tremors, and sleep apnea. Dr. Chu is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Chu studied medicine at Kaohsiung Medical University. He completed his residency training at Duke University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). In addition to English, he speaks Chinese. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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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's specialty is adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abaya include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Abaya takes. After completing medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, Dr. Abaya performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Abaya (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish. Dr. Abaya is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He 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 specializes in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Harati is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Harati's areas of expertise include myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and guillain-barre syndrome. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Harati is a graduate of Tehran University of Medical Sciences. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine. He welcomes 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. Juan Jose Olivero Sr., MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 2206
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Juan Olivero's specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Olivero attended medical school at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences. His areas of expertise include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, ... (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's specialties are general internal medicine and adult pulmonology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Saleem at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saleem include thyroid problems, depression, and adolescent issues. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Saleem's 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)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Barbara Bush works as an internist. Dr. Bush is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menopause, and thyroid problems. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Bush is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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Specializes in Neurology
1740 W 27th Street; #206
Houston, TX
 

Dr. .Jeffrey Gaitz specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Houston, TX and Cypress, TX. Dr. Gaitz is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and a graduate of Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program's residency program. He has indicated that his clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and epilepsy. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gaitz takes. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Andres Hugo Keichian, MD
Specializes in Neurology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Andres Keichian's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Keichian include myasthenia gravis, sleep apnea, and guillain-barre syndrome. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Keichian attended medical school at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Texas Heart Institute (THI). He is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Brain Cancer, Facial Problems, Myasthenia ... (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.