We found 7 neurologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Essential near Brandon, FL.

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Dr. Jose P Pizarro Otero, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Neurology, Sleep Medicine
401 N. Parsons Avenue; Suite 105
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Jose Pizarro-Otero's areas of specialization are general practice, neurology (brain & spinal cord disease), and sleep medicine. He has a special interest in attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), sleep apnea, and stroke. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South. Dr. Pizarro-Otero honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pizarro-Otero welcomes new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and New York Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Attention Deficit Disorder, Stroke, Epilepsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafael Miguel Rodriguez, MD
Specializes in Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Neurology
401 North Parsons Avenue; Suite 105
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Rodriguez sees patients in Brandon, FL and Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are electrodiagnostic medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rodriguez include back pain, peripheral neuropathy, and nerve conduction studies (NCS). He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Rodriguez attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville and a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Nerve Conduction Studies, Back Pain, Headache, Peripheral Neuropathy

Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
413 West Robertson Street; Suite B
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Alamelu Murugappan's areas of specialization are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Murugappan (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Tamil. Her clinical interests include nerve conduction studies (NCS), seizure disorders, and dizziness. She is affiliated with South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital. Dr. Murugappan studied medicine at Thanjavur Medical College. Her medical residency was performed at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Dizziness, Migraine, Dementia, Nerve Conduction Studies, Stroke, Memory Disorders, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. Pravinchandra M Zala, MD
Specializes in Neurology
500 Vonderburg Drive; Suite 314 W
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Pravinchandra Zala is a neurologist in Brandon, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Zala (or staff) speaks Hindi. His areas of expertise include nerve conduction studies (NCS), seizure disorders, and migraine. Dr. Zala is professionally affiliated with South Florida Baptist Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and M.P. Shah Medical College and performed his residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zala accepts.

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Clinical interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, Nerve Conduction Studies, Stroke, Alzheimer's Disease, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. Bhavik Lakhabhai Gedia, MD
Specializes in Neurology
401 North Parsons Avenue; Suite 105
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Bhavik Gedia practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Brandon, FL and Tampa, FL. His professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Saba University School of Medicine, Dr. Gedia completed his residency training at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Gedia (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi.

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Specializes in Psychiatry, Neurology
1427 Oakfield Drive
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Adrianus Deruijter works as a psychiatrist and neurologist in Brandon, FL. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. For his professional training, Dr. Deruijter completed residency programs at The Zucker Hillside Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology
1771 South Kings Avenue
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Hassan Bitar practices osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bitar honors. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital.

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What is Neurology?

Neurology is the study of the brain and nervous system, including the spinal cord and nerves. Disorders of the nervous system can affect many parts of the body, and a neurological exam must be quite thorough. A neurologist examining a new patient will check for any issues with:

  • motor skills (the way your brain and muscles work together)
  • sensory skills (sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell)
  • nerve function
  • coordination and balance
  • changes in mood or behavior

A neurologist can order different kinds of tests to check the function of the brain and nerves. These tests may include a head CT scan (a type of 3-dimensional x-ray), an electroencephalogram (which measures the electrical impulses inside the brain), an MRI (a detailed image of the brain or spinal cord), or electromyography (which uses electricity to test nerve function). The results of the exam and the tests help neurologists diagnose and form treatment plans for disorders like multiple sclerosis, tremors, stroke, and migraine headaches.

Some neurological problems, such as certain brain tumors, may require surgical treatment. Since neurologists do not perform surgery, they will refer patients who need operations to a surgical subspecialist, such as a neurosurgeon. Beyond surgery, a neurologist might recommend any of the following treatments:

  • medication (such as interferon for MS or topiramate for migraines)
  • laser therapy (class IV laser treatment is sometimes used to alleviate peripheral neuropathy pain)
  • physical therapy (stretches and exercises can increase balance and range of motion, helping patients to move more easily and with less pain)

Therapies such as these can improve quality of life for patients dealing with neurological disorders. Neurologists help their patients sense and interact with the world at their very best.

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