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We found 18 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Bronze 4850/HMO Premier near Temple, TX.

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

Dr. Aabu Thomas is a rheumatologist in Temple, TX. In his practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatoid arthritis. He takes United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thomas attended medical school at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. Dr. Thomas (or staff) speaks Hindi and Malayalam. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

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

Dr. Marilyn Clark sees patients in Temple, TX. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Clark's education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She is professionally 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. Bruce Armo Baethge, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Bruce Baethge practices adult rheumatology in Texas City, TX and Temple, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Baethge include systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at Memorial Hermann and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Baethge has received include Texas Super Doctors; "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2005-2007, 2011-2015; and Alpha Omega Alpha, elected faculty member. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Baethge 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, who practices in Temple, TX, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shparago include uveitis, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Shparago is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He studied medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Tripler Army Medical Center.

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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 specializes in plastic surgery and hand surgery. Dr. Czerwinski takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with McGill University. Awards and/or distinctions she has received 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 affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Pain, Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Dupuytren's Contracture, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wrist Problems, ... (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's medical specialty is neuro-ophthalmology. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Tsai is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Tsai completed a residency program 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, Plastic Surgery Procedures, Cataract Surgery with ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Tramonte practices neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Tramonte is 2.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tramonte attended Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Rising Stars; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; and Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Tramonte 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)

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

Dr. Timothy Pfanner is a gastroenterologist in Temple, TX, Killeen, TX, and Waco, TX. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Pfanner trained at Tripler Army Medical Center for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Pfanner include: Texas Super Doctors; Best Doctors Award, 2011-2012; and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2009-2015. Dr. Pfanner is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Esophagus Problems, Crohn's Disease

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

Dr. Katherine Fiala is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist in Temple, TX. She obtained her medical school training at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed her residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. These areas are among her clinical interests: rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. Dr. Fiala is an in-network provider for 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 professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Terry Lairmore practices general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) in Temple, TX. His areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal cancer and endocrine surgery. Dr. Lairmore accepts 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 Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. He has received the following distinctions: 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: Fine Needle Aspiration, Thyroid Cancer, Graves Disease, Pheochromocytoma, Breast Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Ashis Barad is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Barad's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Barad's distinctions include: 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. 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. Samuel Kevin Snyder, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
2401 South 31st Street, Department of Surgery; Room 769
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Samuel Snyder specializes in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and practices in Edinburg, TX and Temple, TX. Dr. Snyder has a special interest in endocrine surgery. Dr. Snyder is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. Snyder completed Dr. Snyder's residency training at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Snyder is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Snyder include: Randall W. Smith Chief/Resident Faculty Mentor Award, Scott and White Clinic, 2005-2006; J. Bradley Aust Award, Best clinical paper by a new member, Western Surgical Association; and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Texas A&M University Chapter.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

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

Dr. Paul Friedman, who practices in Temple, TX and Waco, TX, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). 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 the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Friedman has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Friedman is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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

Dr. Lindsey Hicks is a dermatopathology and surgical dermatology specialist. Dr. Hicks is conversant in Medical Spanish. Her areas of expertise include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. After attending the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school, she completed her residency training 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 honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Her distinctions include: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; AMA Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship; and Holman Taylor Dermatology Scholarship.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Contact Dermatitis, Juvederm, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Arpita Patel's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In her practice, she is particularly interested in multiple sclerosis (MS). 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 Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Patel attended medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

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

Dr. Harry Thomas works as an adult gastroenterologist. He attended Oxford University Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Thomas is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Scott & White Healthcare. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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