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We found 33 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Missouri City, TX.

Dr. Jesus Edward Hernandez Jr., MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
2225 Williams Trace Boulevard; Suite 110
Sugarland, TX
 

Dr. J. Hernandez is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Sugar Land, TX. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Hernandez is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

Dr. William Hicks Iii Hadnott III, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
7789 Southwest Freeway; Suite 540
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Hadnott's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine; he sees patients in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Hadnott include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and hip surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hadnott honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. 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 Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Hadnott is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Bone Spurs, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sherry N Novick-Ingraham, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
1235 Lake Pointe Parkway; Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Sherry Novick-Ingraham is a physician who specializes in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Novick-Ingraham's clinical interests include psoriasis, cosmetic skin treatment, and skin of color. Her professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Dr. Novick-Ingraham honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Tulane University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Skin of Color, Tropical Skin Diseases

Dr. Charles Arthur Iii Popeney III, MD, DO
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Neurology
2655 Cordes Drive; Suite 110
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Charles Popeney is a medical specialist in pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include back pain, tremors, and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Popeney is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Popeney is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Popeney's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Myasthenia Gravis, Neck Problems, Neuropathy, Tremors, Epilepsy, Back ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
1111 Highway; 6 Ste 190
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Ghanshyam Patel is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His areas of expertise include contact dermatitis, myasthenia gravis, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Patel attended medical school at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Eye Exam, Myasthenia Gravis, Laser Treatment, Genetic Issues, Diabetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Iris Sandra Polinger-Hyman, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
4915 S Main Street; Suite 104
Stafford, TX
 

Dr. Iris Polinger is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology. She speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Polinger's clinical interests: nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She is rated highly by her patients. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Jon Karl Stern, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
7500 Beechnut Street; Suite 350
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jon Stern is a pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Stern average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stern include psoriasis, cosmetic skin treatment, and laser treatment. Dr. Stern is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stern accepts. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Stern is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Acne, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Surgical Procedures, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Braulio Antonio Alvarez, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
9031 Quebec Drive
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Braulio Alvarez specializes in general internal medicine and adult pulmonology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include scoliosis, sinusitis (sinus infection), and lung cancer. Dr. Alvarez's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Alvarez is a graduate of National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alvarez accepts. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Scoliosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Herbert Paine Edmundson Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurology
7777 Southwest Freeway; Suite 900
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Herbert Edmundson's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include spinal cord injuries, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and stroke. Dr. Edmundson honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Edmundson's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Edmundson welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neck Pain, Hypertension, Electroencephalography, Movement Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elzbieta Janina Baranowska Daca, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
7777 Southwest Freeway; Suite 1052
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Elzbieta Baranowska-Daca is a nephrologist. She studied medicine at Medical University of Lublin. Dr. Baranowska-Daca's areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, anemia, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Polish. Dr. Baranowska-Daca is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Neuropathy, Diabetes, Lupus, High Cholesterol, ... (Read more)

Dr. David William Powell, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
1327 Lake Pointe Parkway; Suite 416
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. David Powell works as a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist in Sugar Land, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Powell include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Skin of Color

Dr. William Henry Iii Fleming III, MD
Specializes in Neurology
7777 Southwest Freeway; Suite 900
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Fleming is a neurologist. His areas of expertise include spinal cord injuries, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and stroke. Dr. Fleming's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Fleming attended St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Fleming has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neck Pain, Neuromuscular Disorders, Hypertension, Electroencephalography, Movement Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Samir Kumar Sahai, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
7500 Beechnut; Suite 262
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Samir Sahai's specialty is adult nephrology. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sahai include renal angioplasty, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. Dr. Sahai honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sahai's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Hypertension, Lupus, Kidney Problems, Vasculitis, Kidney Failure, Renal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Frederick Anthony Brown, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
4855 Riverstone Boulevard; #103
Missouri City, TX
 

Dr. Frederick Brown is a physician who specializes in family medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Brown is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, depression, and adolescent issues. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, United Healthcare Plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Brown is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, Guillain-Barre syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Sports Health, Bone Spurs, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pankaj K Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
8200 Wednesbury Lane; Suite 300
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Pankaj Shah, who practices in Richmond, TX, Sugar Land, TX, and Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. These areas are among his clinical interests: lung surgery, sleep apnea, and epilepsy. Dr. Shah is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He graduated from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College and then he performed his residency at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Hypertension, Sleep ... (Read more)

Dr. Harry Dao Jr Jr., MD
Specializes in Dermatology
2818 Lake Villa Drive
Missouri City, TX
 

Dr. Harry Dao sees patients in Houston, TX and Missouri City, TX. His medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained at the University Hospitals, Cleveland for residency. Dr. Dao's areas of clinical interest consist of academic dermatology, psoriasis, and skin cancer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dao takes. Dr. Dao (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Atopic Dermatitis, Skin Infection, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Skin Issues, Melanoma, Moles, Psoriasis, ... (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.