We found 6 neurologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold HMO 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 specialties are general practice, neurology (brain & spinal cord disease), and sleep medicine. 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 is especially interested in attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), sleep apnea, and stroke. Dr. Pizarro-Otero is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Pizarro-Otero is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and St. Joseph's Hospital - South. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 practices electrodiagnostic medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include back pain, peripheral neuropathy, and nerve conduction studies (NCS). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine, Dr. Rodriguez performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville and a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland. In addition to English, Dr. Rodriguez speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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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); she sees patients in Brandon, FL. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: nerve conduction studies (NCS), seizure disorders, and dizziness. Dr. Murugappan's professional affiliations include South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Thanjavur Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Murugappan trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Murugappan (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Tamil.

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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 works as a neurologist. Dr. Zala's areas of expertise include nerve conduction studies (NCS), seizure disorders, and migraine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and M.P. Shah Medical College. His residency was performed at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Zala (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Zala is affiliated with South Florida Baptist Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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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's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at Allegheny General Hospital, Dr. Gedia attended medical school at Saba University School of Medicine. Dr. Gedia (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi.

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

Dr. Hassan Bitar works as a neurologist and osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist in Brandon, FL. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bitar accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. 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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