We found 18 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 rheumatologist. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among Dr. Hernandez's clinical interests: lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hernandez honors. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Hernandez attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Hernandez is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

Dr. Ghanshyam M Patel, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
1111 Highway; 6 Ste 190
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Ghanshyam Patel is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Patients gave Dr. Patel an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include contact dermatitis, myasthenia gravis, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Patel's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Patel is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Eyelid Problems, Eye Exam, Myasthenia Gravis, Laser Treatment, Surgical ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Charles Popeney works as a pain doctor and neurologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Popeney include back pain, tremors, and myasthenia gravis. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Popeney graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Popeney's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Popeney takes. 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)

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

Dr. Elzbieta Baranowska-Daca is an adult nephrologist in Houston, TX, Lack Jackson, TX, and Sugar Land, TX. Dr. Baranowska-Daca's areas of expertise include kidney stones, anemia, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Medical University of Lublin. Dr. Baranowska-Daca speaks Polish. She 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. Samir Kumar Sahai, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
7500 Beechnut; Suite 262
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Samir Sahai is an adult nephrology specialist in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His clinical interests include renal angioplasty, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sahai takes. Dr. Sahai studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Sahai completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Sahai is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. William Fleming sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Fleming has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include spinal cord injuries, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and stroke. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Fleming is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. He attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. Dr. Fleming has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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

Dr. Frederick Brown's specialties are family medicine and sports medicine. He studied medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brown include warts, depression, and adolescent issues. Dr. Brown's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, United Healthcare Plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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. Hugh Michael Ogburn, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
7777 Southwest Freeway; Suite 1052
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Hugh Ogburn sees patients in Houston, TX and Wharton, TX. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. He studied medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Ogburn's clinical interests: diabetes, lupus, and general care. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, General Care

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

Dr. Pankaj Shah's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include the following: lung surgery, sleep apnea, and epilepsy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah is a graduate of Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College and a graduate of Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago's residency program. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Priti Suresh Jadav, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adolescent Medicine
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Priti Jadav practices general internal medicine and adolescent medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Jadav include menopause, thyroid problems, and adolescent issues. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She studied medicine at Medical College Baroda. Dr. Jadav has a 2.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Musculoskeletal Pain, Incontinence, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

George Chris Bakatsas
Specializes in Podiatry
15200 Southwest Frwy.; Suite 375
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. George Bakatsas practices podiatry (foot & ankle medicine) in Sugar Land, TX. His clinical interests include warts, arthroscopic surgery, and osteomyelitis. Dr. Bakatsas's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Bakatsas is accepting new patients. His residency was performed at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Sports Health, Bone Spurs, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Morton's Neuroma, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Herbert Edmundson works as a neurologist in Houston, TX. Dr. Edmundson's clinical interests include spinal cord injuries, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and stroke. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Edmundson trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Dr. Steven Michael Croft, MD
Specializes in Neurology
7777 Southwest Freeway; Suite 540
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Steven Croft sees patients in Houston, TX and Bay City, TX. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Croft include back pain, vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. Dr. Croft's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Parkinson's Disease, Epilepsy, Back Pain, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Harry Dao is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Dao attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dao (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Moles, Psoriasis, Atopic Dermatitis, Skin Infection, Rosacea, Acne, Melanoma

Dr. Kay Lynn Lee, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8200 Wednesbury; Suite 495
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kay Lee practices family medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Lee a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Preventive Care

Dr. Nelson A Berrios, MD
Specializes in Neurology
7777 Southwest Freeway; Suite 900
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Nelson Berrios is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Berrios include spinal cord injuries, pain management, and stroke. The average patient rating for Dr. Berrios is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and more. He attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Letterman Army Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Neck Pain, Neuromuscular Disorders, Hypertension, Electroencephalography, Movement ... (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.