We found 12 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Arnaldo Torres, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Arnaldo Torres sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Torres 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 is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Torres's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Suncoast Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Back Pain, Osteoporosis, Joint Injections

Dr. Nutthapong Tangsinmankong, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
333 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nathan Tang specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tang include sinusitis (sinus infection), asthma, and rashes. Dr. Tang honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. He is conversant in Thai. Dr. Tang is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Rhinitis, Rashes, Bone Marrow Transplant, Sinusitis, Autoimmune ... (Read more)

Dr. Allan S Weiss, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Allan Weiss is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Weiss has indicated that his clinical interests include nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and muscular dystrophy. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Weiss studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Muscular Dystrophy, Carpal ... (Read more)

Dr. Harish J Patel, MD
Specializes in Occupational Medicine, Other, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology
4995 49th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Harish Patel is a specialist in occupational medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. Patients gave Dr. Patel an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include seizure disorders, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel honors. His education and training includes medical school at Medical College Baroda and residency at Howard University Hospital. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Bosnian, Spanish, and Gujarati.

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

All Interests: Depression, Sports Health, Dizziness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Saleem R Khamisani, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Saleem Khamisani's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include back pain, sleep disorders, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). Patients gave Dr. Khamisani an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Sindh Medical College, he performed his residency at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Khamisani (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Khamisani's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Movement Disorders, Stroke, Back Pain, Transient Ischemic Attack, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael A Franklin, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Franklin's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and migraine. Dr. Franklin's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Franklin attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Franklin has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Neuromuscular Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Sleep ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark L Ritch, DO
Specializes in Neurology
7995 66th Street N; Suite B
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Mark Ritch is a neurologist in Largo, FL and Pinellas Park, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Ritch's areas of expertise include migraine, tourette syndrome, and stroke. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky, Dr. Ritch attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Patient ratings for Dr. Ritch average 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. Ritch accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Spinal Pain, Migraine, Neck Problems, Neuropathy, Dementia, Nerve Conduction ... (Read more)

Dr. Sonal N Shah, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6450 38th Avenue N; Suite 100
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Sonal Shah practices general internal medicine. She attended B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad for medical school and subsequently trained at Christ Hospital for residency. Dr. Shah's areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, lupus, and auto injuries. She has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Shah is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Gujarati. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northside Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Hepatitis, Auto Injuries, Electrocardiogram, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Ear Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shivinder Narwal, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
501 Martin Luther King Street S
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Tampa, FL, Brandon, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Narwal's clinical interests: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Brandon Regional Hospital, and All Children's Hospital. Before performing his residency at Kings County Hospital Center, Dr. Narwal attended Government Medical College, Patiala for medical school. He accepts 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: Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Rectal Prolapse, Colitis, Bleeding, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Food ... (Read more)

Dr. Cynthia A Paganini, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 408
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Cynthia Paganini specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Paganini is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Paganini completed her residency training at UNC Hospitals. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Herpes, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Lupus, Alzheimer's Disease, Hepatitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pacita Tiongson Abinales, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Family Medicine
7500 4th Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Pacita Abinales is a physician who specializes in general practice and family medicine. She trained at Polyclinic Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Abinales's areas of expertise include diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases (STds), and hemorrhoid banding. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Abinales is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Northside Hospital, and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Weight Management, Hemorrhoid Banding, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Lupus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Enos Perez, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
603 7th Street S; Suite 590
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Enos Perez works as a family practitioner. Areas of expertise for Dr. Perez include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and trigger point injections. Dr. Perez is rated highly by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. For his residency, Dr. Perez trained at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Perez's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and BayCare Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Estrogen Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Apnea, Ankle Problems, ... (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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