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We found 21 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 50/5000 near Sugar Land, TX.

Dr. Saba Waqar Khan, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
16605 Southwest Freeway; Building 3, Suite 530
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Saba Khan is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include polymyositis, lupus, and back pain. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Dr. Khan is a graduate of Sindh Medical College and a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's residency program. Dr. Khan honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jesus Edward Hernandez Jr., MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
1327 Lake Pointe Parkway; Suite 515
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. J. Hernandez specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Sugar Land, TX. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. Hernandez is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Hernandez attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

Dr. Angela M McCain, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Angela McCain is an adult rheumatology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. McCain average 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: raynaud's, psoriatic arthritis, and bursitis. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. McCain is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. McCain welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus, Raynaud's, Polymyositis

Dr. Susan A Mathew, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Susan Mathew's specialty is adult rheumatology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of osteoporosis, musculoskeletal pain, and lupus. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mathew is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Mathew trained at a hospital affiliated with Temple University. Dr. Mathew has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mathew has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus, Polymyositis, Osteoporosis

Dr. Ghanshyam M Patel, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
1111 Hwy 6 South; #190
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Ghanshyam Patel's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. These areas are among his clinical interests: contact dermatitis, myasthenia gravis, and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Dr. Patel's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Houston Methodist. Dr. Patel graduated from B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. For his residency, Dr. Patel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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
16655 Southwest Freeway
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. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Popeney completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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. Mike Nanyong Yuan, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pain Medicine, Neurophysiology, Neurology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Mike Yuan sees patients in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. His medical specialties are pain medicine, neurophysiology, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include depression, myasthenia gravis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Yuan is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. He attended the University of Ghana Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Yuan is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Depression, Sleep Disorders, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Hypertension, Lower Back Pain, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Elzbieta Janina Baranowska Daca, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Elzbieta Baranowska-Daca is a nephrologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Baranowska-Daca include kidney stones, anemia, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Baranowska-Daca accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Medical University of Lublin. She speaks Polish. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Dr. Baranowska-Daca 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. Robert Lee McKowen, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Robert McKowen works as a cardiac surgeon, general surgeon, and vascular surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. McKowen include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), mitral valve prolapse, and thyroid problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Allegheny General Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. McKowen is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Lung Biopsy, Sarcoidosis, Sclerotherapy, Valvuloplasty, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Samir Kumar Sahai, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Samir Sahai practices adult nephrology in Houston, TX and Sugar Land, TX. These areas are among Dr. Sahai's clinical interests: renal angioplasty, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, and Houston Methodist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Sahai attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Sahai 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. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Frederick Brown's specialties are family medicine and sports medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Brown is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Brown's clinical interests: warts, depression, and adolescent issues. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Brown accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, United Healthcare Plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

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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
16655 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Pankaj Shah, who practices in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. These areas are among Dr. Shah's clinical interests: lung surgery, sleep apnea, and epilepsy. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He studied medicine at Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. Dr. Shah's training includes a residency program at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago. His professional 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. Irfan Lalani, MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, Neurology
16605 Southwest Freeway; Suite 320
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Irfan Lalani is a specialist in interventional pain medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Lalani include general neurology, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Lalani is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lalani takes. His practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Lalani attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Lower Back Pain, Neck Problems, Neuropathy, Memory Loss, Alzheimer's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eddie Lee Patton Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurology
16605 Southwest Freeway; Suite 600
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Eddie Patton, who practices in Sugar Land, TX and Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Patton include tremors, dystonia, and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Patton is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Patton is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is accepting new patients.

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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. Hanh Hoang Truong, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
16651 Southwest Freeway; #340
Sugar Land, TX
 

Dr. Hanh Truong's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Patients rated Dr. Truong highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: warts, depression, and moles. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Truong accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Sleep Disorders, Incontinence, Neck Pain, ... (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. Dr. Jadav's average rating from her patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include menopause, thyroid problems, and adolescent issues. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jadav accepts. She graduated from Medical College Baroda. Dr. Jadav is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is open to 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)

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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.