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Dr. David Michael Foulk, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
604 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. David Foulk is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist. Dr. Foulk attended Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. His areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and sports health. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. In addition to English, Dr. Foulk speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Florida Hospital Kissimmee. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Prosthetics, Arm Fracture, Femur Fracture, Fibula Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Tibia Fracture, Sports ... (Read more)

Dr. Fernando A Gonzales-Portillo, MD
Specializes in Neurology
720 W Oak Street; #309
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Gonzales-Portillo, who practices in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He attended medical school at Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Gonzales-Portillo completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Gonzales-Portillo is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Radiculopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, ... (Read more)

Dr. Harald J Henningsen, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
604 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Harald Henningsen is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Henningsen attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. His residency was performed at Tripler Army Medical Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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

All Interests: Arm Fracture, Femur Fracture, Fibula Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Tibia Fracture, Shoulder Fracture, ... (Read more)

Dr. Muhammad Amir Khan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
802 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Khan is an internist in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. He is a graduate of Dow Medical College. Dr. Khan trained at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University for residency. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Khan is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, PET Scan, Irritable ... (Read more)

Dr. Muhammad A Hizkil, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
802 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Hizkil is an internist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Hizkil at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hizkil takes. He obtained his medical school training at Dow Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. In addition to English, Dr. Hizkil (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Immunization, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, PET Scan, Irritable ... (Read more)

Dr. Mamta Ved Vijayvargiya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
737 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Mamta Vijayvargiya's specialties are adult hematology and adult oncology. She takes several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Vijayvargiya attended Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) for medical school and subsequently trained at Jersey Shore University Medical Center for residency. She is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

All Interests: Sickle Cell Disease, Bile Duct Cancer, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Jorge Guillermo Otoya, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
737 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Otoya's medical specialty is adult hematology and adult oncology. Patient ratings for Dr. Otoya average 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Otoya include bone marrow biopsy. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He honors 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 National University of San Marcos. Dr. Otoya trained at St. Francis Hospital for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

All Interests: Gallbladder Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Larynx Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul David Sovran, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Aerospace Medicine
211 East Ruby Avenue
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Paul Sovran's areas of specialization are geriatrics (elderly care) and aerospace medicine; he sees patients in Kissimmee, FL. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sovran honors several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, lupus

All Interests: Graves Disease, Restless Leg Syndrome, Nosebleeds, Atrial Fibrillation, Dizziness, Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott S Gordon, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
604 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Scott Gordon practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before performing his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York, Dr. Gordon attended New York Medical College for medical school. The average patient rating for Dr. Gordon is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Arm Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Wrist Fracture, Lamina Procedures, Shoulder Fracture, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
604 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Michael Karr is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Karr takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

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

All Interests: Arm Fracture, Revision Elbow Arthroplasty, Fibula Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Tibia Fracture, Lamina ... (Read more)

Dr. Yassar Chakfe, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
4248 Town Center Boulevard; Suite 2
Orlando, FL
 

Dr. Yassar Chakfe specializes in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His education and training includes medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chakfe takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chakfe (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Chakfe's hospital/clinic affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health.

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

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Radiculopathy, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Sleep Apnea, ... (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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