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Dr. Rafael Federico Rivas- Chacon, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology, Adult Rheumatology
3200 Sw 60 Court 105
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Rafael Rivas-Chacon is a pediatric rheumatologist and adult rheumatologist. He is conversant in Spanish. He has a special interest in lupus and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Rivas-Chacon is affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Memorial Health System. He obtained his medical school training at the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Mount Carmel Health System. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Rivas-Chacon takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Michael Alan Weitz, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
7190 Sw 87th Avenue; Suite 304
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. Michael Weitz specializes in adult rheumatology. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Weitz's clinical interests include knee problems, osteoporosis, and lupus. Patient ratings for Dr. Weitz average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Weitz is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the following distinction: South Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Back Problems, Knee Problems, Neck Problems, Arthritis, Lupus, Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Carpal ... (Read more)

Dr. Santiago Miguel De Solo, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
7190 Sw 87th Avenue; 304
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Santiago De Solo is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Canton Medical Education Foundation, Dr. De Solo attended Central University of the East School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Back Problems, Knee Problems, Neck Problems, Lupus, Osteoporosis, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

Dr. Rosita Petech Stoik, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
7330 Sw 62nd Place; Suite 210
South Miami, FL
 

Dr. Rosita Stoik, who practices in South Miami, FL and Miami, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stoik include knee problems, migraine, and osteoporosis. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Stoik attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Stoik (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. She is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Back Problems, Knee Problems, Migraine, Spider Veins, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3661 South Miami Avenue; Suite 801 (mercy Professional Bldg)
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Mayra Acosta is an adult rheumatologist. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Acosta's areas of expertise consist of bursitis, joint injections, and lupus. She 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. Acosta studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Mercy Hospital and Mercy Miami Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Bursitis, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Joint Injections

Dr. Neerja Agrawal, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1400 Nw 12th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Neerja Agrawal is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Her areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Agrawal honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She trained at Hahnemann University Hospital for residency. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Agrawal is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, scleroderma

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Judith Ellen Crowell, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
7800 Sw 87 Avenue; Suite C 300
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Judith Crowell practices surgical dermatology in Miami, FL. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Crowell include facial problems, rosacea, and acne. She is affiliated with Doctors Hospital and Baptist Hospital. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Crowell completed her residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lip Implants, Sclerotherapy, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, Facial Problems, Rosacea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ana L Paredes, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
3200 Sw 60 Court; #304
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Ana Paredes practices pediatric nephrology (kidney disease) in Miami, FL. Dr. Paredes attended medical school at Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for residency. She has indicated that her clinical interests include osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. Dr. Paredes accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Baptist Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Lupus, Kidney Problems, Osteoporosis

Dr. Jeffrey Lee Horstmyer, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
3661 S Miami Avenue; Suite 209
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Horstmyer works as a neurologist in Miami, FL. Patient reviews placed Dr. Horstmyer at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include bell's palsy, spinal cord injuries, and migraine. He is affiliated with Doctors Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Mercy Miami Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Horstmyer has received professional recognition including the following: South Florida Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Back Problems, Migraine, Snoring, Neck Problems, Epilepsy, Muscular ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Alberto Prieto, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6741 Southwest 24 Street; Suite 50 & 51
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Juan Prieto's specialty is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Prieto include bulimia, depression, and hepatitis. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. His medical residency was performed at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Ponce and a hospital affiliated with Ponce School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Prieto's professional affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Kendall Regional Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), Graves disease, lupus

All Interests: Depression, Graves Disease, Postmenopause, Sleep Disorders, Down Syndrome, Incontinence, Eating ... (Read more)

Dr. Mario Alberto Almeida Suarez, MD
Specializes in Primary Care, Adult Nephrology
1150 Campo Sano Avenue; Suite 401
Coral Gables, FL
 

Dr. Mario Almeida-Suarez is a primary care doctor and adult nephrologist in Coral Gables, FL and Miami, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Almeida-Suarez average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Almeida-Suarez has a special interest in hypertension (high blood pressure), lupus, and kidney surgery. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and Central University of the East School of Medicine and a graduate of Woodhull Medical Center's residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Almeida-Suarez include: South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Mercy Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Surgery, Lupus

Dr. Nydia Patricia Martinez Galvis, MD
1611 Nw 12th Avenue
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Nydia Martinez Galvis' areas of expertise include the following: collapsed lung (pneumothorax), lung cancer, and shortness of breath (dyspnea). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Martinez Galvis honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She trained at Cleveland Clinic Florida for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Bronchitis, Bronchoscopy, Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Jorge Carlos Busse, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
9193 Sunset Drive; Suite 200
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Busse is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Busse's hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Busse obtained his medical school training at Central University of the East School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received distinctions including South Florida Super Doctors; Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition; and Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Surgery, Lupus, Dialysis

Dr. Barbara Madeline Muina, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine
9195 Sunset Drive; 210
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Barbara Muina is an endocrinologist and internist in Miami, FL. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, emphysema, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Muina is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended the University of Seville Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Muina is affiliated with South Miami Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma, Preventive Care, Emphysema

Dr. Jorge Rafael Beato, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Cardiology
5524 Sw 8 Street
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Beato specializes in cardiology (heart disease) and practices in Coral Gables, FL and Miami, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Beato include knee problems, migraine, and depression. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston, Dr. Beato attended the University of Zaragoza Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Beato speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Doctors Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Mercy Miami Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, lupus

All Interests: Depression, Graves Disease, Sleep Disorders, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Sickle Cell ... (Read more)

Dr. Jose B Esquenazi, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
7900 Sw 57 Avenue; Suite 21
Miami, FL
 

Dr. Jose Esquenazi, who practices in Miami, FL and Homestead, FL, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. His hospital/clinic affiliations include South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Dr. Esquenazi takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Esquenazi speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Surgery, Lupus

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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.
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