We found 21 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 100/1000 near Gainesville, FL.

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Dr. Roland Staud, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Roland Staud practices adult rheumatology in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Staud studied medicine at Free University of Berlin and Humboldt University of Berlin. He completed his residency training at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Staud takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the distinction of UF Research Professor. His professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric Scott Sobel, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Eric Sobel's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Sobel's areas of expertise consist of polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sobel honors. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC).

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Polymyositis

Dr. Newton Lawrence Edwards, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. N. Edwards is a Gainesville, FL physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and wegener's granulomatosis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University, Dr. Edwards attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wegener's Granulomatosis, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Osteoarthritis

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Paulette Hahn's specialty is adult rheumatology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include scleroderma. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Hahn graduated from East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Her professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma

Dr. Westley Hubbard Reeves, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Westley Reeves specializes in adult rheumatology. He attended Yale School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University for residency. Dr. Reeves has a special interest in scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He 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 is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, autoimmune disorders, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Scleroderma, Lupus, Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Dr. Michael R Bubb, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Michael Bubb is a Gainesville, FL physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bubb include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Bubb accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Osteoarthritis

Dr. John Paul Massini, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. John Massini works as a rheumatologist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Massini is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Massini attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He honors 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: , psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Gout

Dr. Lucas Jurgen Beerepoot, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Lucas Beerepoot's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In addition to English, Dr. Beerepoot speaks Dutch. His clinical interests include spinal cord tumor, multiple sclerosis (MS), and chemotherapy. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health). After attending the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Beerepoot average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Beerepoot 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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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizure, Spine Tumor, Epilepsy, Brain Tumor, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Francisco Antonio Ramos-Caro, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Francisco Ramos-Caro is a dermatologist in Gainesville, FL. His clinical interests include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Dr. Ramos-Caro is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Cellulitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Rashes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Stuart Segal, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Mark Segal is a Gainesville, FL physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Patient ratings for Dr. Segal average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Segal include glomerulonephritis, lupus nephritis, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Segal accepts. Dr. Segal studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Kidney Problems, Lupus Nephritis, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Stanton King Wesson, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Stanton Wesson's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). His areas of expertise include the following: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Wesson attended Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/National Capital Consortium. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wesson include: Professional Memberships; Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology 1987- present; and Association of Professors of Dermatology 2003-present. Dr. Wesson's professional affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Cellulitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Rashes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott Andrews Rivkees, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Scott Rivkees is a physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Rivkees is especially interested in graves disease. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and Orlando Health. After completing medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Named "One of America's Top Pediatricians"; US Senate, Expert for Children and Families Subcommittee; and Rutgers University George H. Cook Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Graves Disease

Dr. Cheri Nicole Adgerson, MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Internal Medicine
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Cheri Adgerson, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Clinical interests for Dr. Adgerson include alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Adgerson honors. Her education and training includes medical school at Penn State College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Dermatomyositis, Vitiligo, Cellulitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Contact ... (Read more)

Dr. William Joseph Triggs, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. William Triggs is a Gainesville, FL physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: peripheral neuropathy, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and myasthenia gravis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Triggs accepts 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 a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Triggs attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Myositis, Electromyography, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melissa E Elder, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Immunology, Pediatric Rheumatology
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Melissa Elder is a medical specialist in pediatric immunology and pediatric rheumatology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Elder's practice, she is particularly interested in dermatomyositis, wegener's granulomatosis, and scleroderma. She is affiliated with UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Scleroderma, Wegener's Granulomatosis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Dr. Maria Isabel Longo-Imedio, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
2000 Sw Archer Road; 3rd Floor
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Maria Longo-Imedio is a dermatologist in Gainesville, FL. Her areas of expertise include the following: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Dr. Longo-Imedio 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. She attended medical school at Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Longo-Imedio is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Dermatomyositis, Vitiligo, Cellulitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Contact ... (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.
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