We found 17 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze EPO near Clearwater, FL.

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Adam Michael Rosen MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 3.2 stars out of 5 (10 ratings)
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Adam Rosen's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. Patient ratings for Dr. Rosen average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rosen is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Trigger Point Injections, ... (Read more)

Eugenia R Rullan Bidot MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 4.57 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
612 Druid Road E
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Eugenia Rullanbidot sees patients in Clearwater, FL. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Rullanbidot include back pain, trigger point injections, and fibromyalgia. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners. Dr. Rullanbidot's education and training includes medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at Monmouth Medical Center. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Trigger Point Injections, ... (Read more)

Dr Antony G Sankoorikal MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 2.37 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
2655 State Road 580; Suite 201
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Antony Sankoorikal specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Sankoorikal is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in fibromyalgia, lupus, and arthritis. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. He speaks Malayalam. Dr. Sankoorikal is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr Ralph A Rophie MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 3.08 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1013 Lotus Path
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Ralph Rophie's area of specialization is family medicine. He attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Mount Carmel Health System for residency. His clinical interests include nutrition counseling, hepatitis, and infertility. Dr. Rophie's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Rophie is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Therapy, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hepatobiliary Disorde ... (Read more)

Dr Xiomara Ramirez Ortega MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.17 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
1007 Jeffords Street; Suite 101
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Ramirez-Ortega include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital. Before performing her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Ramirez-Ortega attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, ... (Read more)

Dr Maha Lewis MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Average rating 3.18 stars out of 5 (11 ratings)
3190 N Mcmullen Booth Road; Suite 203
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Maha Lewis-Serag sees patients in Clearwater, FL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Lewis-Serag's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lewis-Serag include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and nutrition counseling. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lewis-Serag takes. Dr. Lewis-Serag obtained her medical school training at Cairo University, Kasr Al-Ainy Faculty of Medicine and performed her residency at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.. She is conversant in Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Laser Surgery, Diabetes, Shingle ... (Read more)

Joseph A Laguna MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
2725 Park Drive; Suite 5
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Joseph Laguna is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Laguna's areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Laguna's medical residency was performed at Conemaugh Health System. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Auto Injuries, Bone Density Test, Exercise Stress Test, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin Biopsy ... (Read more)

Dr Stuart Evan Sinoff MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
Average rating 4.81 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
430 Morton Plant Street; Balance Disorders Clinic Suite 402
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Stuart Sinoff's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Sinoff attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: dizziness, multiple sclerosis (MS), and sleep apnea. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Sinoff's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Sleep Apnea, Vertigo, Multiple Sclerosis

Dr Ana Belen May MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine
Average rating 2.91 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
612 Druid Road East; Suite B
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Ana Charles' areas of specialization are family medicine and hospital medicine (hospitalist); she sees patients in Clearwater, FL. She graduated from the University of Salamanca Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Charles's clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. Patient ratings for Dr. Charles average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Charles accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Charles (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. She is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfu ... (Read more)

John L Michaelos MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1030 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL

Dr. John Michaelos practices ophthalmology (eye disease). On average, patients gave Dr. Michaelos a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include nystagmus, cosmetic eyelid surgery, and ectropion (outward-turned eyelid). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Michaelos's education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Autoimmune Disorders

All Interests: Chalazion Excision, Glaucoma Surgery, Conjunctivitis, Eye Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Eyelid Problems ... (Read more)

Edison N Tan MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 3.83 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1840 N Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Edison Tan practices general internal medicine in Clearwater, FL. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Tan's clinical interests include alcohol abuse, nutrition counseling, and hemorrhoid banding. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Tan is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at International, he performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, he speaks Filipino.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Endometrial Biopsy, Estrogen Therapy, Fibrom ... (Read more)

Mark L Ritch DO
Specializes in Neurology
Average rating 3.07 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
1000 Belcher Road S; Suite 6
Largo, FL

Dr. Mark Ritch's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. Clinical interests for Dr. Ritch include migraine, tourette syndrome, and stroke. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ritch at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He 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. Dr. Ritch is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Migraine, Neuropathy, Dementia, Nerve Conduction Studies, Tourette Syndrome, Stroke ... (Read more)

Dr Percy Renato Bracamonte MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Average rating 3.65 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
646 Virginia Street; Suite 601
Dunedin, FL

Dr. Percy Bracamonte specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Dunedin, FL. Dr. Bracamonte's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Bracamonte is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at Jersey City Medical Center, Dr. Bracamonte attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Dia ... (Read more)

Ali M Saifi MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.29 stars out of 5 (21 ratings)
1840 N Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Ali Saifi is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saifi include alcohol abuse, trigger point injections, and holter monitoring. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Saifi is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Saifi is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland. Dr. Saifi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and Portuguese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Herpes, Fibromyalgia, Hepatobiliary Disorder ... (Read more)

Michael D Saccente DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.34 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Michael Saccente practices general internal medicine in Clearwater, FL. His clinical interests include alcohol abuse, cystic fibrosis (CF), and lupus. Dr. Saccente is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. On average, patients gave Dr. Saccente a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Maria C Pantaleon MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 4.45 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
1840 N Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Maria Pantaleon is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Pantaleon's areas of expertise include back pain, diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases (STds). She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at International, she performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. She is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, Sexual Dysfunction, Shingles, Arrhythmias, Lupus, Back Pain, Al ... (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:
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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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