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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, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Spindler include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Spindler takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Autonomous University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine and Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Spindler is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Spindler 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 is an adult rheumatology specialist in Houston, TX. Dr. Tran's areas of expertise include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She is professionally 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 sees patients in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Galveston, TX. Her medical specialties are neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and ophthalmology (eye disease). Her education and training includes medical school at Cayetano Heredia University and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. Her areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. On average, patients gave Dr. Tang a rating of 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 takes. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Tang's professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann. She is open to 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 sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). The average patient rating for Dr. Wolf is 2.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include ultraviolet (UV) light therapy, rosacea, and psoriasis. He 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. 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 California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Wolf is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. He welcomes 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. Norman Harvey Rappaport, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Other
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1812
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Norman Rappaport is a specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. These areas are among Dr. Rappaport's clinical interests: cleft lip and palate, thigh lift, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. Before performing his residency at Abington Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Rappaport attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rappaport honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Rappaport has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Sylvia Hsu's medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Her clinical interests include warts, moles, and acne. Dr. Hsu's average patient rating is 2.5 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. She attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Jefferson Medical College for residency. Dr. Hsu has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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 works as a neurologist in Houston, TX. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Evans trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Evans's clinical interests: back pain, multiple sclerosis (MS), and neck pain. Patient reviews placed Dr. Evans at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. 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. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Evans's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He 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 practices neuromuscular medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In addition to English, Dr. Chu speaks Chinese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chu include facial problems, tremors, and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Chu's education and training includes medical school at Kaohsiung Medical University and residency at Duke University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 an adult nephrology specialist in Houston, TX. After attending the University of the Philippines College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. These areas are among his clinical interests: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Abaya accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Abaya (or staff) speaks Filipino and Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Abaya's office for an appointment.

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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 works as a neurologist and neuromuscular medicine specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Harati include myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and guillain-barre syndrome. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine. He is a graduate of Tehran University of Medical Sciences. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. 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 has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is open to 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. Barbara Elizabeth Bush, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Barbara Bush's area of specialization is general internal medicine. She studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menopause, and thyroid problems. Dr. Bush has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Bush is accepting new patients.

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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 is an adult nephrology specialist in Houston, TX. These areas are among Dr. Olivero's clinical interests: diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Olivero has an open panel.

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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 is an internist and adult pulmonologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Saleem is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Saleem's clinical interests include thyroid problems, depression, and adolescent issues. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Saleem attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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, who practices in Houston, TX and Cypress, TX, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Gaitz average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gaitz's areas of expertise consist of multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and epilepsy. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program. Dr. Gaitz's professional 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

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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.