We found 16 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Bronze Choice HSA 6300 - 2 near Temple, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Aabu Thomas practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Thomas (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Malayalam. Clinical interests for Dr. Thomas include rheumatoid arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He attended medical school at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. Dr. Thomas honors United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, Humana HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Marilyn Clark's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Clark is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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

All Interests: Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Gout, Giant ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Bruce Baethge's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. In Dr. Baethge's practice, he is particularly interested in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at Memorial Hermann and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Baethge include: Texas Super Doctors; "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2005-2007, 2011-2015; and Alpha Omega Alpha, elected faculty member. Dr. Baethge is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Neal Shparago sees patients in Temple, TX. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shparago include uveitis, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. Patients rated Dr. Shparago highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Shparago is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Shparago trained at Tripler Army Medical Center. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Gout, Uveitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2401 South 31st Street; Division of Plastic Surgery
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Wendy Czerwinski is a specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Czerwinski is a graduate of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Czerwinski completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with McGill University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Czerwinski include: First Annual Jensen Award, Bruner Hand Fellow, Mayo Clinic; Clifford Snyder Award - PSRC, Best resident paper at annual international meeting, McGill University; and Clifford Synder Award - PSRC, Best resident paper at annual international meeting, McGill University. She speaks French. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Dupuytren's Contracture, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cosmetic Surgery, Facial ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neuro-Ophthalmology
1815 S. 31st Street; Scott & White Clinic - Temple Pavilion
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jonathan Tsai works as a neuro-ophthalmology specialist. Dr. Tsai is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Ptosis, Trauma

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2401 S 31st Street; Department of Gastroenterology
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Timothy Pfanner is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Pfanner is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, he performed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His distinctions include: Texas Super Doctors; Best Doctors Award, 2011-2012; and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2009-2015.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Enteroscopy, Esophagus Problems, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2401 South 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Ashis Barad's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After completing medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Barad has received the following distinctions: Vice Chair, Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section; Most Outstanding First-Year Resident; and President, Residency Association. Dr. Barad (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Gujarati. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare and Central Texas Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Allergies, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Terry Lairmore's areas of specialization are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lairmore include gastrointestinal cancer and endocrine surgery. Dr. Lairmore is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. His education and training includes medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Lairmore takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Valedictorian and Founder's Medal, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Vanderbilt Third Year Surgery Clerkship Award; and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Graves Disease, Pheochromocytoma, Breast Surgery, Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Tramonte is a physician who specializes in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tramonte studied medicine at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Tramonte has received include Texas Rising Stars; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; and Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Electromyography, Radiculopathy, Tilt Table Test, Myasthenia Gravis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
409 W Adams Avenue
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Fiala specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. These areas are among her clinical interests: rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Fiala graduated from Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Texas Rising Stars; Chief Dermatology Resident, Texas Tech, 2006-2007; and Helen Salyer Anderson Award, Outstanding Graduating Senior for Academic Achievement. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Acne, Mohs Surgery

Specializes in Physiatry
2401 South 31st Street; Department of Pmr
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Paul Friedman is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) specialist. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Friedman's residency was performed at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Friedman is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Amputation, Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, Joint Pain, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other, Neurology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Sally Borucki's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her areas of expertise include general neurology, peripheral neuropathy, and cerebrovascular disease. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Borucki attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology, Migraine, Dementia, Cerebrovascular Disease, Peripheral ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Harry Thomas is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Temple, TX. United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas takes. Before completing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Thomas attended medical school at Oxford University Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Thomas is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Crohn's Disease, Colorectal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Dermatopathology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Lindsey Hicks' area of specialization is dermatopathology. Dr. Hicks is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete her residency at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has received distinctions including Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; AMA Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship; and Holman Taylor Dermatology Scholarship. She is conversant in Medical Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Psoriasis, Botox Injection, Juvederm, Acne, Laser Surgery, Rashes, Melanoma

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jonathan Ramprasad is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Temple, TX, College Station, TX, and Round Rock, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. For his professional training, Dr. Ramprasad completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ramprasad takes. Dr. Ramprasad has received the distinction of NASPGHAN Neurogastroenterology and Motility Award.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Biliary Disorders, ... (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.
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