We found 9 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Catastrophic near Hudson, FL.

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Dr. Adam Jacob Grunbaum DO, FACR, FACOI
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 4.52 stars (9 ratings)
11528 Us Highway 19
Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Adam Grunbaum's specialty is adult rheumatology. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Grunbaum's areas of expertise include MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia. His professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville, Oak Hill Hospital, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Dr. Grunbaum 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. He attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Grunbaum trained at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Grunbaum speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Bursitis, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Sjogren's Syndrome, Pain, Tendonitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. George Kardashian M.D.
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
average rating 4.25 stars (11 ratings)
7544 Jacque Road
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. George Kardashian sees patients in Hudson, FL and Brooksville, FL. His medical specialties are hand surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. Dr. Kardashian graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. His areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, knee ligament injury, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Coventry, TRICARE, and United Healthcare HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kardashian takes. Dr. Kardashian speaks Russian. Dr. Kardashian's hospital/clinic affiliations include Oak Hill Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Shoulder Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Staffetti MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.82 stars (23 ratings)
7515 State Road; 52 Suite 105
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Staffetti is an adult gastroenterologist in New Port Richey, FL, Hudson, FL, and Trinity, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include diverticular disease, duodenal ulcer, and barrett's esophagus. Dr. Staffetti 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 the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Roger Williams Medical Center. Dr. Staffetti (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and Italian. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Swallowing Problems, Barrett's ... (Read more)

Dr. Thondikulam Ananthanarayanan Subramanian MD
Specializes in Neurology
average rating 2.41 stars (11 ratings)
7359 Medical Drive
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. Thondikulam Subramanian's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In addition to English, Dr. Subramanian (or staff) speaks Arabic, Tamil, and Hindi. Dr. Subramanian's areas of expertise include the following: trigger point injections, cancer, and stroke. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville, Oak Hill Hospital, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. He studied medicine at Kilpauk Medical College, Madras Medical College, and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER). Dr. Subramanian trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for residency. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Subramanian honors 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: Sleep Disorders, Dementia, Nerve Conduction Studies, Movement Disorders, Trigger Point Injections, ... (Read more)

Dr. Qin Gu
Specializes in Neurology
average rating 2.29 stars (6 ratings)
7359 Medical Drive
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. Qin Gu practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Hudson, FL, Brooksville, FL, and Palm Harbor, FL. He is conversant in Chinese. Dr. Gu's clinical interests include sleep apnea, carpal tunnel syndrome, and headache. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville, Oak Hill Hospital, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. He attended Second Military Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at Westchester Medical Center. On average, patients gave Dr. Gu a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors 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: Head Injury, Sleep Apnea, Neck Problems, Sciatica, Spine Problems, Epilepsy, Neurological ... (Read more)

Dilip V. Ghanekar MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
7515 State Road; 52 Suite 105
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. Dilip Ghanekar sees patients in New Port Richey, FL, Hudson, FL, and Trinity, FL. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ghanekar (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. These areas are among his clinical interests: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and liver disease. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and BayCare Surgery Center (Trinity). For his residency, Dr. Ghanekar trained at Mayo Clinic and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. He 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.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Swallowing Problems, ... (Read more)

Siddharth H. Shah M.D.
Specializes in Neurology
average rating 1.33 stars (6 ratings)
13740 Office Park Court; Suite A
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. Siddharth Shah works as a neurologist in New Port Richey, FL and Hudson, FL. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Shah include migraine, myasthenia gravis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He is affiliated with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, and Medical Center of Trinity. He is a graduate of Grant Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Shah trained at Howard University Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Shah's average patient rating is 1.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shah honors.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Dizziness, Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Dementia, Sciatica, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. David W. Malka MD
Specializes in Neurology
average rating 2.52 stars (24 ratings)
7359 Medical Drive
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. David Malka's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient reviews placed Dr. Malka at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include trigger point injections, cancer, and pain. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Malka takes. He studied medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Malka's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, Dr. Malka (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Bayfront Health Brooksville, Oak Hill Hospital, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Head Injury, Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Dementia, Nerve ... (Read more)

Indira Umamaheswaran MD
Specializes in Neurology
average rating 1.5 stars (1 rating)
7539 Medical Drive
Hudson, FL
 

Dr. Indira Umamaheswaran is a neurologist in Hudson, FL, Brooksville, FL, and New Port Richey, FL. After attending Calicut Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Her clinical interests include trigger point injections, cancer, and stroke. Dr. Umamaheswaran honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Umamaheswaran (or staff) speaks Tamil, Hindi, and Malayalam. Dr. Umamaheswaran's professional affiliations include Bayfront Health Brooksville, Oak Hill Hospital, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Dementia, Nerve Conduction Studies, Movement Disorders, Trigger Point Injections, ... (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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