We found 25 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Great-West Healthcare PPO near Houston, TX.

Dr. Julie Yogesh Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology, Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julie Patel sees patients in Houston, TX. Her medical specialties are adult allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include the following: raynaud's, osteoporosis, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel honors. After attending Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Patel has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Polymyositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hives, Angioedema, Arthritis, Hay Fever, Raynaud's

Dr. Sapandeep Kaur Khurana, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6624 Fannin Street, Saint Luke's O'quinn Medical Towers; Suite 1410
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sippi Khurana is an adult rheumatology specialist in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Khurana include sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. Dr. Khurana takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Khurana is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Polymyositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Hives, Angioedema, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Naureen Alim, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
6550 Fannin Street, Smith Tower; Suite 2421
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Naureen Alim's specialties are allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Alim studied medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Alim include: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Alim's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hives, Arthritis, Sinusitis, Hay Fever, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joshua Michael Gold, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Allergy & Immunology, Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. J. Gold sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are general internal medicine, adult allergy & immunology, and adult rheumatology. Dr. Gold's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, thyroid problems, and parathyroid disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Gold's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Nutrition Issues, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1701 Sunset Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Suong Tran specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Houston, TX. Her clinical interests include 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. Dr. Tran is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Tran 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. Tariq Hanna Khalaf, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2101 Crawford Street; Suite 202
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tariq Khalaf practices adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include knee problems, sinusitis (sinus infection), and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Khalaf takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Khalaf studied medicine at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Keith Tyring, PhD, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1401 Binz Street; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Tyring's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tyring include psoriasis and viral infection. Dr. Tyring's hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama, Dr. Tyring attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Tyring (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Viral Infection, Psoriasis, Infections

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

Dr. Rosa Tang's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). On average, patients gave Dr. Tang a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Tang include thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Tang trained at Georgetown University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for residency. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Tang's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). 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 Trauma, Eye Exam, Pituitary Surgery, Myasthenia ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Stapleton Coselli, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Coselli specializes in cardiac surgery and vascular surgery and practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Coselli attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), mitral valve prolapse, and thyroid problems. His average patient rating is 4.5 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, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Coselli's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Baylor Clinic. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Lung Biopsy, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Gallstones, Abdominal Aortic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
5711 Almeda
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gerardo Bueso practices adult endocrinology. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bueso's areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, anemia, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bueso accepts. He has an open panel. He attended the University of Siena Faculty of Medicine and Surgery for medical school and subsequently trained at Washington Hospital Center for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Bueso (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Bone Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Norman Rappaport's specialty is plastic surgery. He attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Rappaport trained at Abington Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rappaport include dermabrasion, moles, and body contouring. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rappaport has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Rappaport has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

Dr. John Pedro Frommer, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. J. Frommer works as an adult nephrologist. His areas of expertise include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Frommer accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, Dr. Frommer attended medical school at the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Frommer's professional affiliations include Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Angiogram, Diabetes, Lupus, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Renal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Bernardino Abaya's area of specialization is adult nephrology. He attended the University of the Philippines College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. These areas are among Dr. Abaya's clinical interests: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Abaya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Abaya 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. Ching-Chiang Allen Chu, PhD, MD
Specializes in Other, Neuromuscular Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology, Sleep Medicine
15655 Cypress Woods Medical Drive; Suite 400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. C. Chu's medical specialty is neuromuscular medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chu's areas of expertise include the following: facial problems, tremors, and sleep apnea. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Chu has an open panel. He attended Kaohsiung Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Duke University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Chu (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and 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. Luis G Granier-Spikula, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2900 Richmond Avenue; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Luis Granier-Spikula is a general internist in Houston, TX. His clinical interests include prostate problems, warts, and thyroid problems. Dr. Granier-Spikula honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Granier-Spikula's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, Guillain-Barre syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Marc Lovitt, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Steven Lovitt practices neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Lovitt is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and sleep apnea. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Lovitt is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Lovitt is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Bone Spurs, Sleep Disorders, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Chronic ... (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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