We found 24 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Provider Select PPO near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Richard Alan Rubin, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Rubin's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Rubin's areas of expertise include the following: raynaud's, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. The average patient rating for Dr. Rubin is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Rubin studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Arthritis, Lupus, Raynaud's

Dr. Ramona Moraru, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ramona Mihu sees patients in Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave Dr. Mihu a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mihu is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Arthritis, Lupus, Vasculitis

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1701 Sunset Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Suong Tran is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tran include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Tran is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Tran is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

Dr. Jovan M Popovich, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6560 Fannin Street; Scurlock Tower, Suite 400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jovan Popovich works as a rheumatologist in Houston, TX. Dr. Popovich's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

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

Dr. J. Gold is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine, adult allergy & immunology, and adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Gold is 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include knee problems, thyroid problems, and parathyroid disease. Dr. Gold is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Gold graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine.

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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 Pulmonology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Venessa Holland is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Holland include multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and preventive care. Dr. Holland is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Holland has an open panel. Before completing her residency at St. Paul University Hospital, Dallas and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Holland attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. Jenny Mei-Ju Lai, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1878
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jenny Lai, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Lai obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Lai include general neurology, multiple sclerosis (MS), and spasticity. The average patient rating for Dr. Lai is 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lai is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Aneurysm, Spine Problems, Stroke, Stroke Rehabilitation, Injuries, Brain Injury, Botulinum Toxin ... (Read more)

Dr. David Barry Rosenfield, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 802
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Rosenfield's medical specialty is neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Rosenfield trained at Duke University Medical Center for his residency. His clinical interests include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and musculoskeletal pain. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rosenfield has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Shoulder Problems, Myasthenia Gravis, Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, Memory ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Glenn Smith, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6560 Fannin Street; Scurlock Tower, Suite 802
Houston, TX
 

Dr. R. Smith is a neurologist and neuromuscular medicine specialist. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include the following: bell's palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and spasticity. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Smith honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Muscular Dystrophy, Electromyography, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Paul Huston, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Huston's specialty is adult allergy & immunology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Huston include sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. 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. His education and training includes medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Huston has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Arthritis, Sinusitis, Lupus, Asthma, Vasculitis, Hives, Angioedema, Hay Fever

Dr. Rafiq Qasam Ali, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Chiropractic
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rafiq Ali specializes in family medicine and chiropractic and practices in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include warts, thyroid problems, and depression. Dr. Ali is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Ali is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ali takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Sports Health, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rony Ninan, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 1014
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rony Ninan's specialties are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Ninan average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ninan's areas of expertise include the following: tremors, guillain-barre syndrome, and seizures. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Ninan attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Lower Back Pain, Neck Problems, Neuropathy, Tremors, Epilepsy, Memory ... (Read more)

Dr. Terry A Clyburn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6445 Main Street; Suite 2500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Terry Clyburn's medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Clyburn include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Clyburn's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Clyburn's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes 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 is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard K Simpson Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
6560 Fannin Street; Scurlock Tower, Suite 900
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Simpson works as a neurosurgeon. Dr. Simpson's clinical interests include tremors, spasticity, and pain management. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Simpson accepts. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Neck Problems, Brain Surgery, Movement Disorders, Neck Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ericka P Simpson, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 802
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ericka Simpson specializes in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Simpson include myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and guillain-barre syndrome. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Simpson honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She welcomes new patients. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Simpson has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Muscular Dystrophy, Neurodegenerative Diseases, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. A. Saleem specializes in general internal medicine. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saleem include thyroid problems, depression, and adolescent issues. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). Dr. Saleem is accepting 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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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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