We found 15 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver HMO near Homestead, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4700 N. Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kimberly Smith specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Tampa, FL. Dr. Smith has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include back pain, trigger point injections, and joint injections. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. She accepts 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 the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Smith's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Shoulder Problems, Spinal Stenosis, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Back ... (Read more)

Dr. John D Carter, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5802 N. 30th Street, Tampa; Floor 33613
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Carter is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Carter attended St. Louis University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Carter include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. The average patient rating for Dr. Carter is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Carter include: Outstanding Faculty Research Award, USF Health; America's Most Compassionate Doctors Award; and Patients' Choice Recognition Award. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 600
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Leni Kramer's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in fibromyalgia, joint injections, and lupus. She is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Kramer is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a graduate of Jacobi Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Kramer has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes 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: , lupus

All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Joint Problems, Pain, Joint Injections

Dr. Harris Hugh McIlwain, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
4700 North Habana Avenue; Suite 201
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Harris McIlwain works as a geriatrician and adult rheumatologist in Tampa, FL. His areas of expertise include diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. McIlwain 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 attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. McIlwain has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Tendonitis, Geriatric Health, X-Rays

Dr. Neil A Fenske, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
17 Davis Boulevard, Tampa, Floor 33613; 17 Davis Medical Building
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Neil Fenske's area of specialization is dermatopathology. The average patient rating for Dr. Fenske is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Fenske include tattoo removal, psoriasis, and cosmetic surgery. 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 attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. He has received distinctions including Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition; Surgeon of the Year, Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons; and Gustavus Adolphus College Sesquicentennial Award, Gustavus Adolphus. Dr. Fenske's hospital/clinic affiliations include Moffitt Cancer Center, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, Tattoo Removal, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Joel Edwards Richter, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Joel Richter is a gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Richter's areas of expertise include barrett's esophagus, achalasia, and eosinophilic esophagitis (eoE). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Richter's training includes a residency program at National Naval Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: Top Doctors; Castle and Connolly Top Doctors in American-Gastroenterology; and Best Doctors. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Achalasia, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Esophagus Problems, Barrett's Esophagus, pH Test, Acid Reflux

Dr. Thomas B Freeman, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Freeman, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at NYU Langone Medical Center for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: scoliosis, laminectomy, and bulging disc. Dr. Freeman has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Freeman's distinctions include: The Molly & Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award, American Society of Neural Therapy and Repair; Best Doctors in America, US News and World Reports; and Top 1% of Neurosurgeons in the U.S., US News and World Reports. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). Dr. Freeman is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Bone Spurs, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scoliosis, Spinal Instrumentation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan S Uribe, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Juan Uribe's specialty is neurosurgery. Dr. Uribe's clinical interests include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and thoracic herniated disc. His average patient rating is 4.0 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. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for his residency. Dr. Uribe has received distinctions including Best Research Abstract, Annual SOLAS Meeting and Plantinum Annual Research Award, University of South Florida. Dr. Uribe's professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scoliosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles W Brock, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3rd Floor, Usf Department of Neurology; 13000 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Charles Brock is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Brock's areas of expertise consist of multiple sclerosis (MS), neuropathic pain, and pain management. His professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Brock completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Brock 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 has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management

Dr. Nishit Sharadchandra Patel, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
5 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33612
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Nishit Patel is a dermatologist in Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Patel include rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. He is professionally affiliated with Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel takes. He is open to new patients. Dr. Patel's education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF).

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Atopic Dermatitis, Rosacea, Skin Issues, Melanoma, Cancer Screening, Psoriasis, Vitiligo, Acne

Dr. Mahendrakumar Mohanlal Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2916 W Waters Avenue; Suite A1
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Mahendrakumar Patel works as an internist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include diabetes, joint injections, and lupus. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel honors. Dr. Patel has an open panel. He attended medical school at the University of Wales College of Medicine. He is conversant in Gujarati.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Weight Management, Joint Injections

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3003 W Dr Ml King Jr Boulevard; Ms-3012
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Narwal is a graduate of Government Medical College, Patiala and a graduate of Kings County Hospital Center's residency program. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food ... (Read more)

Dr. Arthur J Pedregal, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
4710 N Habana Avenue; Suite 303
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Arthur Pedregal's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Pedregal's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Pedregal include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and trigger point injections. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Pedregal is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, St. Joseph Children's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Nerve Conduction Studies, Trigger Point Injections, Back Pain, Alzheimer's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jesus Ovidio Navarro, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
4710 North Habana Avenue; Suite 300
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jesus Navarro is a specialist in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise include the following: geriatric health, biopsy, and lupus. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Navarro honors. Dr. Navarro speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus, Biopsy, HIV/AIDS, Geriatric Health

Dr. Lara W Katzin, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33613
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lara Katzin is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Katzin include nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and muscle diseases (myopathies). She is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Katzin welcomes new patients. She has received professional recognition including the following: Board certification, Diplomat, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine; Subspecialty Certification, Neuromuscular Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and Board certification, Diplomat, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Nerve Conduction Studies, Muscle Diseases, ... (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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