We found 16 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Bronze 4850/HMO Premier near Temple, TX.

Dr. Marilyn Kay Clark, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Marilyn Clark is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Clark accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Clark has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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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)

Dr. Aabu Alex Thomas, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Aabu Thomas is a Temple, TX physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. In addition to English, Dr. Thomas (or staff) speaks Hindi and Malayalam. His areas of expertise include rheumatoid arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He studied medicine at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Bruce Armo Baethge, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Bruce Baethge practices adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Baethge include systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Baethge 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 the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his residency at Memorial Hermann and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His distinctions include: Texas Super Doctors; "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2005-2007, 2011-2015; and Alpha Omega Alpha, elected faculty member. Dr. Baethge speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Dr. Neal Ira Shparago, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Neal Shparago works as an adult rheumatologist in Temple, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Shparago include uveitis, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. His education and training includes medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Tripler Army Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Shparago average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Shparago accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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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)

Dr. Wendy Lynne Czerwinski, PhD, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2401 South 31st Street; Division of Plastic Surgery
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Wendy Czerwinski's specialties are plastic surgery and hand surgery. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Czerwinski is a graduate of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with McGill University for her residency. 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. In addition to English, she speaks French. Dr. Czerwinski is 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)

Dr. Jonathan Hong-Soo Tsai, MD
Specializes in Neuro-Ophthalmology
1815 S. 31st Street; Scott & White Clinic - Temple Pavilion
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jonathan Tsai is a medical specialist in neuro-ophthalmology. Dr. Tsai is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

Dr. Timothy Paul Pfanner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2401 S 31st Street; Department of Gastroenterology
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Timothy Pfanner works as an adult gastroenterologist in Temple, TX, Killeen, TX, and Waco, TX. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and a graduate of Tripler Army Medical Center's residency program. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Pfanner has received include Texas Super Doctors; Best Doctors Award, 2011-2012; and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2009-2015. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Ashis Vanmali Barad, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2401 South 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Ashis Barad practices pediatric gastroenterology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Barad has received distinctions including Vice Chair, Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section; Most Outstanding First-Year Resident; and President, Residency Association. Dr. Barad (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Gujarati. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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)

Dr. Terry C Lairmore, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Terry Lairmore specializes in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and practices in Temple, TX. Dr. Lairmore's clinical interests include gastrointestinal cancer and endocrine surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lairmore honors. After completing medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has received distinctions including Valedictorian and Founder's Medal, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Vanderbilt Third Year Surgery Clerkship Award; and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

Dr. Jeffrey Jasper Tramonte, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Tramonte is a neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Temple, TX and Round Rock, TX. Dr. Tramonte is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia for residency. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Tramonte is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Texas Rising Stars; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; and Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

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

Dr. Katherine Hutka Fiala, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
409 W Adams Avenue
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Fiala sees patients in Temple, TX. Her medical specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. She is a graduate of Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fiala include rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. 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. Dr. Fiala is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Paul Ace Friedman, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
2401 South 31st Street; Department of Pmr
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Paul Friedman specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Friedman trained at the University of Rochester Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Friedman has received the distinction of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He is 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)

Dr. Arpita Vikrambhai Patel, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Arpita Patel sees patients in Temple, TX. Her medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Patel's clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Lindsey Dailey Hicks, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Lindsey Hicks practices dermatopathology. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Hicks accepts 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 Texas Medical School at Houston, she performed 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. Dr. Hicks has received the following distinctions: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; AMA Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship; and Holman Taylor Dermatology Scholarship. She speaks Medical Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Harry J Thomas, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Harry Thomas' specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Thomas takes United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Oxford University Medical School and a graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Jonathan Ramprasad, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jonathan Ramprasad is a pediatric gastroenterologist. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Ramprasad accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. 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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