We found 16 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum near Kissimmee, FL.

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Fernando Gonzales-Portillo MD
Specializes in Neurology
average rating 3.18 stars (28 ratings)
720 W Oak Street; #309
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Gonzales-Portillo practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Gonzales-Portillo's clinical interests: nystagmus, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and restless leg syndrome. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Orlando Health. Dr. Gonzales-Portillo is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 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. Gonzales-Portillo honors.

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

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

Dr. Naga Lakshmana Prasad Nidadavolu M.D
Specializes in Neurology
average rating 1.75 stars (1 rating)
505 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Nagalakshmana Nidadavolu sees patients in Saint Cloud, FL, Poinciana, FL, and Kissimmee, FL. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Nidadavolu include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and seizure disorders. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Poinciana Medical Center, and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Dr. Nidadavolu 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. Dr. Nidadavolu studied medicine at Siddhartha Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Dr. Nidadavolu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Migraine, Neuropathy, Electroencephalography, Nerve Conduction Studies, Stroke, Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Harald J. Henningsen MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
average rating 3.37 stars (6 ratings)
604 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Harald Henningsen, who practices in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: femur (thigh bone) fracture, carpal tunnel surgery, and knee fracture. Patients gave Dr. Henningsen an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Henningsen attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center. He is affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Femur Fracture, Knee Fracture, Elbow Fracture, Hand Fracture, Ankle Fracture, Elbow Arthroscopy, ... (Read more)

M. Siraj Ul Islam M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 1 stars (1 rating)
710 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. M. Islam is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Kissimmee, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Islam include indigestion, esophageal varices, and achalasia. 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 medical school at Dhaka Medical College. Dr. Islam's residency was performed at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Cumberland Hospital, Brooklyn. Dr. Islam (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Pyloric Stenosis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jorge Antonio Larranaga MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
1101 N Central Avenue
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Larranaga sees patients in Kissimmee, FL. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. After attending Central University of the East School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Northeastern Ohio Universities. Areas of expertise for Dr. Larranaga include vitamin D deficiency, polycystic kidney disease, and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Larranaga is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Larranaga is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Poinciana Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Saif Ur Rehman MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1101 North Central Avenue
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Saif Rehman's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Meharry Medical College, Dr. Rehman attended Dow Medical College for medical school. His clinical interests include vitamin D deficiency, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rehman accepts. Dr. Rehman's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Osceola Regional Medical Center, and Poinciana Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 2.96 stars (19 ratings)
210 E Monument Avenue; Suite A
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. M. Anwer's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Before completing his residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Dr. Anwer attended medical school at Dow Medical College. His areas of expertise include esophageal varices, achalasia, and celiac disease. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Anwer accepts. Dr. Anwer (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Anwer is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Achalasia, Gastroparesis, Cirrhosis, Pyloric Stenosis, Esophagitis, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Michael A. Karr MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
604 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Michael Karr is an orthopedist. Dr. Karr's areas of expertise include the following: revision elbow arthroplasty, lamina procedures, and shoulder fracture. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Dr. Karr is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Revision Elbow Arthroplasty, Lamina Procedures, Shoulder Fracture, Knee Fracture, Hand Fracture, ... (Read more)

Jorge Guillermo Otoya MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
average rating 2.33 stars (3 ratings)
737 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Jorge Otoya is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Otoya's clinical interests include bladder cancer, thrombocytosis (high platelet count), and soft tissue sarcoma. His professional affiliations include St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Otoya honors. After completing medical school at National University of San Marcos, he performed his residency at St. Francis Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Otoya speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

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

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

Dr. Mamta Vijayvargiya is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vijayvargiya include bladder cancer, thrombocytosis (high platelet count), and soft tissue sarcoma. Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vijayvargiya accepts. She studied medicine at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER). Her residency was performed at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with St. Cloud Regional Medical Center and Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Skin Cancer, Oral ... (Read more)

Scott Gordon MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 3.86 stars (9 ratings)
604 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Scott Gordon is a specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Gordon is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Gordon include steroid injections, carpal tunnel surgery, and soft tissue sarcoma. He takes Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at New York Medical College. Dr. Gordon's residency was performed at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York. He is conversant in 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: Lamina Procedures, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, Hand Fracture, Dupuytren's Contracture, Wrist ... (Read more)

Dr. Muhammad A. Hizkil MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
average rating 4 stars (1 rating)
721 Oak Commons Boulevard; Suite B
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Muhammad Hizkil's medical specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Hizkil (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Persian. His areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, restless leg syndrome, and physical exams. He is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. He graduated from Dow Medical College. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. Dr. Hizkil is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO.

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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. Amit Bhargava MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
1101 N Central Avenue
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Amit Bhargava's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bhargava include vitamin D deficiency, polycystic kidney disease, and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Bhargava accepts Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of All India Institute of Medical Sciences. In addition to English, Dr. Bhargava (or staff) speaks Hindi. His professional affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center, Poinciana Medical Center, and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul David Sovran MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Aerospace Medicine
average rating 4.28 stars (7 ratings)
211 East Ruby Avenue
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. Paul Sovran works as a geriatrician and aerospace medicine specialist in Kissimmee, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: menopause, graves disease, and nosebleeds. Patient ratings for Dr. Sovran average 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed 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, Nosebleeds, Atrial Fibrillation, Dizziness, Incontinence, Neck Pain, Bladder ... (Read more)

Dr. David Michael Foulk MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
average rating 4.75 stars (1 rating)
604 Oak Commons Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL
 

Dr. David Foulk is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Kissimmee, FL and Saint Cloud, FL. He attended Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. These areas are among Dr. Foulk's clinical interests: femur (thigh bone) fracture, knee fracture, and plantar fasciitis. He is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Femur Fracture, Shoulder Fracture, Knee Fracture, Elbow Fracture, Hand Fracture, Ankle Fracture, ... (Read more)

Dr. Yassar Chakfe MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
average rating 2.67 stars (13 ratings)
4248 Town Center Boulevard; Suite 2
Orlando, FL
 

Dr. Yassar Chakfe specializes in neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In addition to English, Dr. Chakfe (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: brain aneurysm, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. His professional affiliations include Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Chakfe is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Work Injuries, 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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