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We found 26 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Provider Select PPO near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Richard Rubin is an adult rheumatologist in Houston, TX. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include raynaud's, lupus, and lyme disease. Dr. Rubin honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Rubin is affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Jovan Popovich is an adult rheumatologist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Popovich is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at the University of Belgrade School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Popovich has an open panel.

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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 works as an internist, allergist and immunologist, and adult rheumatologist. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Gold's clinical interests: knee problems, thyroid problems, and parathyroid disease. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gold has an open panel. He attended medical school at 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)

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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. Viviane M Bunin, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Viviane Bunin practices adult rheumatology. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Bunin's areas of expertise consist of lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bunin honors. Her training includes a residency program at Baystate Medical Center. Dr. Bunin is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Vasculitis

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

Dr. Ramona Mihu is an adult rheumatologist in Houston, TX and Katy, TX. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mihu's areas of expertise consist of lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Mihu's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

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Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Venessa Holland works as a pulmonologist in Houston, TX. Her areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and preventive care. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Holland studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Her training includes residency programs at St. Paul University Hospital, Dallas and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Holland has an open panel.

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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. Eddie Lee Patton Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurology
6550 Fannin; Suite 1801
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Eddie Patton's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Patton average 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Patton include tremors, dystonia, and myasthenia gravis. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Patton is open to new patients. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Patton has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Cervical Dysplasia, Lower Back Pain, ... (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 neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Houston, TX and Galveston, TX. Dr. Smith is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: multiple sclerosis (MS), spasticity, and myasthenia gravis. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes 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. 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)

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

Dr. Jenny Lai is a physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Lai's clinical interests include general neurology, multiple sclerosis (MS), and spasticity. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lai is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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 areas of specialization are neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Rosenfield attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at Duke University Medical Center. His clinical interests include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and musculoskeletal pain. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Rosenfield 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. Richard Kendall Simpson Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
6560 Fannin Street; Scurlock Tower, Suite 900
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Simpson's area of specialization is neurosurgery. He studied medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: tremors, spasticity, and pain management. Patient ratings for Dr. Simpson average 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Simpson is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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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. Terry Alan Clyburn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 1700
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Terry Clyburn is an orthopedist in Houston, TX and Bellaire, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Clyburn is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Clyburn's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and amputees. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Clyburn accepts. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Clyburn has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes 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. Milvia Yadira Pleitez, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 802
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Milvia Pleitez works as a neurophysiologist, neurologist, and neuromuscular medicine specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Pleitez average 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: facial problems, myasthenia gravis, and guillain-barre syndrome. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pleitez takes. Dr. Pleitez's practice is open to new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Pleitez has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Facial Problems, Myasthenia Gravis, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Tilottama Md Majumdar, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tilottama Majumdar is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in general internal medicine, critical care (intensive care medicine), and sleep medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: lung biopsy, lung surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Majumdar is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She attended medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Majumdar accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Scleroderma, Sleep Apnea, Lung Surgery

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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.