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

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1701 Sunset Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Suong Tran is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tran include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Tran is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She accepts 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. Joseph S Spindler, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Spindler specializes in adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Spindler include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Spindler is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Spindler's office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine and Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Spindler has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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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. Rosa A Tang, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology, Ophthalmology
4901 Calhoun
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rosa Tang's specialties are neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and ophthalmology (eye disease). She practices in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Galveston, TX. She studied medicine at Cayetano Heredia University. Her training includes residency programs at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Tang's clinical interests include thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. Patients rated Dr. Tang highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Tang's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 H Rappaport, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Other
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1812
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Norman Rappaport is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery and hand surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Rappaport include dermabrasion, moles, and body contouring. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. 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. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Rappaport is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Butt Augmentation, Scleroderma, Sclerotherapy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. John Wolf works as a dermatologist in Houston, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Wolf's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His areas of expertise consist of ultraviolet (UV) light therapy, rosacea, and psoriasis. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Wolf 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. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Wolf's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Randolph Evans is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Dr. Evans's areas of expertise include back pain, multiple sclerosis (MS), and neck pain. The average patient rating for Dr. Evans is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Evans has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Evans's practice 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)

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 is a specialist in neuromuscular medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. He attended medical school at Kaohsiung Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Chu trained at Duke University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). His clinical interests include facial problems, tremors, and sleep apnea. Dr. Chu is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Chinese. Dr. Chu's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is accepting 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. Sylvia Hsu, MD, BA
Specializes in Dermatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sylvia Hsu practices dermatology (skin disorders). Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Hsu include warts, moles, and acne. Dr. Hsu is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Hsu 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. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She obtained her medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed her residency 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 Surgery, Moles, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Acne

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

Dr. .Jeffrey Gaitz is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Gaitz is especially interested in multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and epilepsy. 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 attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Gaitz is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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

Dr. A. Saleem practices general internal medicine and adult pulmonology in Houston, TX. Dr. Saleem's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, depression, and adolescent issues. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). He 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. He is open to new patients. Dr. Saleem is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, rheumatoid arthritis

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Barbara Bush specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bush include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menopause, and thyroid problems. She has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Bush graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. Bernardino Abaya practices adult nephrology in Houston, TX. He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Abaya's areas of expertise include the following: 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, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Abaya (or staff) speaks Filipino and Spanish. Dr. Abaya's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 practices neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Houston, TX. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and guillain-barre syndrome. Dr. Harati is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Harati is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Tehran University of Medical Sciences. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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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 medical specialty is adult nephrology. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Olivero attended medical school at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Olivero is open to 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.
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