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We found 17 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Premier near Temple, TX.

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

Dr. Aabu Thomas' medical specialty is adult rheumatology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatoid arthritis. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thomas graduated from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. Dr. Thomas (or staff) speaks Hindi and Malayalam. Dr. Thomas is 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, who practices in Temple, TX, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Clark is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Clark accepts. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Dr. Clark attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Clark has received professional recognition including the following: 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)

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

Dr. Bruce Baethge is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Baethge 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Baethge include systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His distinctions 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 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 sees patients in Temple, TX. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: uveitis, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. Dr. Shparago is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. 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. Dr. Shparago 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)

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 practices in Temple, TX. She 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. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with McGill University, Dr. Czerwinski attended medical school at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. 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 is conversant in 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 neuro-ophthalmology specialist. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tsai honors. After attending the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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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, who practices in Temple, TX and Round Rock, TX, is a medical specialist in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. 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 studied medicine at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Tramonte 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)

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

Dr. Timothy Pfanner is an adult gastroenterology specialist. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Pfanner graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed his residency training at Tripler Army Medical Center. Dr. Pfanner has received the following distinctions: Texas Super Doctors; Best Doctors Award, 2011-2012; and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2009-2015. He 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. Ashis Vanmali Barad, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2401 South 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Ashis Barad works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Barad (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Gujarati. Dr. Barad's professional affiliations include Scott & White Healthcare and Central Texas Medical Center. He graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Barad is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Barad include: Vice Chair, Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section; Most Outstanding First-Year Resident; and President, Residency Association.

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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 works as a general surgeon and surgical oncologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal cancer and endocrine surgery. Dr. Lairmore is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Lairmore 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: Fine Needle Aspiration, Thyroid Cancer, Graves Disease, Pheochromocytoma, Breast Surgery, ... (Read more)

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. Dr. Fiala attended medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Her areas of expertise 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Fiala include: Texas Rising Stars; Chief Dermatology Resident, Texas Tech, 2006-2007; and Helen Salyer Anderson Award, Outstanding Graduating Senior for Academic Achievement. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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 is a general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery) specialist. Dr. Snyder graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Snyder trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. Dr. Snyder's clinical interests encompass endocrine surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Snyder accepts. 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. Dr. Snyder is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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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 is a rehabilitation physician in Temple, TX and Waco, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Friedman's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Friedman has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

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

Dr. Arpita Patel's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She is especially 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. Dr. Patel is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Dr. Patel trained at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for her residency. She 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 is a specialist in dermatopathology. She works in Temple, TX and Round Rock, TX. She is conversant in Medical Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. After attending the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school, Dr. Hicks 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. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received 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, 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. Dr. Thomas accepts United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Oxford University Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Thomas trained at Massachusetts General Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Scott & White Healthcare. Unfortunately, Dr. Thomas 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.