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We found 9 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas near Pearland, TX.

Dr. Laila Amirali Hassan, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
11914 Astoria Boulevard; #330
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Laila Hassan's specialty is adult rheumatology. She is especially interested in arthroscopic surgery, lupus, and musculoskeletal problems. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Dr. Hassan studied medicine at Chandka Medical College and Sindh Medical College. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma, Arthroscopic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Lupus

Dr. Sherry N Novick-Ingraham, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
2950 Cullen Parkway; Suite 102
Pearland, 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. Farzaneh Banki, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
11914 Astoria Boulevard; Suite 280
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Farzaneh Banki's specialties are general surgery and thoracic surgery. She practices in Houston, TX. In her practice, Dr. Banki focuses on heart surgery. Dr. Banki is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She attended medical school at the University of Montreal Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Banki trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Banki (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Persian. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Achalasia, Stenosis, Scleroderma, Heart Surgery, Trachea Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Garman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
11914 Astoria Boulevard; Suite 570
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mary Garman is a specialist in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. She attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. These areas are among Dr. Garman's clinical interests: nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Garman has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ashkan John Ghorbani, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
11003 Resource Parkway; Suite 106
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ashkan Ghorbani is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Dr. Ghorbani has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ghorbani include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. His education and training includes medical school at Albany Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, ... (Read more)

Dr. Wendy Carol Magee, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
11003 Resource Parkway; Suite 106
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Wendy Magee is a pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology specialist. She is especially interested in nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Magee is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Magee's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College and a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Manuel Davila, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
11003 Resource Parkway; Suite 106
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Manuel Davila is a pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology specialist. His areas of expertise include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Davila attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Tropical Skin Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Paula Faye Leis, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
11003 Resource Parkway
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Paula Leis is a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist in Pasadena, TX and Houston, TX. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Leis include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. She is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. 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. Dr. Leis attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
2950 Cullen Boulevard; Suite 102
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Catherine Harrell works as a surgical dermatologist. She is especially interested in contact dermatitis, psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Harrell's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

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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.