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Dr Roland Staud MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
1601 S.w. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Roland Staud, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Dr. Staud is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. 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. He has received the distinction of UF Research Professor.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Scleroderma, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Fibromy ... (Read more)

Dr Eric S Sobel MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 2.66 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1601 S.w. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Eric Sobel is an adult rheumatologist. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Sobel include polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Sobel attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. 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: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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

N Lawrence Edwards MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1601 S.w. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. N. Edwards is an adult rheumatologist. His areas of expertise consist of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and wegener's granulomatosis. Dr. Edwards is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University for residency. He 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.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1601 S.w. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Paulette Hahn's specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hahn include scleroderma. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hahn graduated from East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Hahn's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. She is affiliated with 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 H Reeves MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 2.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1601 S.w. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Westley Reeves works as a rheumatologist. Dr. Reeves's education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Columbia University. He has indicated that his clinical interests include scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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

All Interests: Scleroderma, Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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

Dr. Michael Bubb's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He is especially interested in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Bubb attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 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: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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

Dr John Paul Massini MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1601 S.w. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. John Massini sees patients in Gainesville, FL. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His areas of clinical interest consist of psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Massini accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 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: , Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis

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

Dr Lucas Jurgen Beerepoot MD
Specializes in Neurology
Average rating 2.97 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Lucas Beerepoot works as a neurologist in Gainesville, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: spinal cord tumor, multiple sclerosis (MS), and chemotherapy. Dr. Beerepoot's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Beerepoot attended the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for residency. He speaks Dutch. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

All Interests: Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizure, Spine Tumor, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Chemoth ... (Read more)

Dr Francisco A RamosCaro MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1601 S.w. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Francisco Ramos-Caro specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). His education and training includes medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Ramos-Caro's areas of expertise include the following: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. He 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. 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, Ha ... (Read more)

Dr Mark S Segal MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
Average rating 4.91 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Mark Segal is a specialist in adult nephrology. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Segal include glomerulonephritis, lupus nephritis, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. 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. Dr. Segal'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: , Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Lupus Nephritis, Chronic Kidney Disease

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

Dr. Stanton Wesson, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). He 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. These areas are among his clinical interests: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Dr. Wesson honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Wesson has received include Professional Memberships; Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology 1987- present; and Association of Professors of Dermatology 2003-present. 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: , Psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Scott Rivkees' specialty is pediatric endocrinology. After attending the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for medical school, he completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. His clinical interests encompass graves disease. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rivkees accepts. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Rivkees include: Named "One of America's Top Pediatricians"; US Senate, Expert for Children and Families Subcommittee; and Rutgers University George H. Cook Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves Disease

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Graves Disease

Cheri Nicole Adgerson MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Internal Medicine
1601 S.w. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Cheri Adgerson specializes in dermatology (skin disorders) and practices in Gainesville, FL. Her areas of expertise include the following: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. Dr. Adgerson's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. She attended Penn State College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , Psoriasis

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

Dr William J Triggs MD
Specializes in Neurology
Average rating 2.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. William Triggs' specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His areas of expertise include peripheral neuropathy, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Triggs is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Triggs is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , Myasthenia Gravis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome

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

Dr Melissa E Elder MD
Specializes in Pediatric Immunology, Pediatric Rheumatology
Average rating 4.76 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Melissa Elder sees patients in Gainesville, FL. Her medical specialties are pediatric immunology and pediatric rheumatology. Dr. Elder has indicated that her clinical interests include dermatomyositis, wegener's granulomatosis, and scleroderma. She is professionally affiliated with UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Elder's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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

Dr Maria Isabel LongoImedio MD
Specializes in Dermatology
2000 Sw Archer Road; 3rd Floor
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Maria Longo-Imedio's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Longo-Imedio attended medical school at Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: alopecia areata, basal cell carcinoma, and contact dermatitis. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Longo-Imedio speaks Spanish. She is 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 D ... (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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