We found 8 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept MyBlue Bronze 1602 near Saint Petersburg, FL.

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Dr. Arnaldo Torres MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 3.04 stars (12 ratings)
6711 38th Avenue N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Arnaldo Torres is an adult rheumatologist. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Torres's clinical interests include back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Suncoast Medical Clinic. Dr. Torres takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Nathan Tang MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
333 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Nathan Tang is a physician who specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Tang attended medical school at Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tang include sinusitis (sinus infection), asthma, and rashes. Dr. Tang is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. 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, Rhinitis, Rashes, Bone Marrow Transplant, Sinusitis, Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

Dr. Allan S. Weiss M.D.
Specializes in Neurology
average rating 5 stars (3 ratings)
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Allan Weiss practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and muscular dystrophy. Dr. Weiss is rated highly by his patients. He accepts 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 MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

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

Dr. Saleem R. Khamisani M.D.
Specializes in Neurology
average rating 3.31 stars (4 ratings)
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Saleem Khamisani is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He attended Sindh Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Nassau University Medical Center for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Khamisani include back pain, sleep disorders, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). His average patient rating is 3.5 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. Khamisani honors. Dr. Khamisani (or staff) speaks Urdu. He is professionally affiliated with 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 M.D.
Specializes in Neurology
average rating 3.06 stars (4 ratings)
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Franklin, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Franklin is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Franklin include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and migraine. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Franklin is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Franklin has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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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)

Mark L. Ritch D.O.
Specializes in Neurology
average rating 3.07 stars (7 ratings)
7995 66th Street N; Suite B
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Mark Ritch specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Largo, FL and Pinellas Park, FL. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. His areas of expertise include migraine, tourette syndrome, and stroke. The average patient rating for Dr. Ritch is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Ritch speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Migraine, Neuropathy, Dementia, Nerve Conduction Studies, Tourette Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Shivinder Narwal MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
501 Martin Luther King Street S
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Shivinder Narwal works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Tampa, FL, Brandon, FL, and Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. Dr. Narwal 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. He is a graduate of Government Medical College, Patiala. Dr. Narwal trained at Kings County Hospital Center for residency. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
7005 4th Street N; Suite 1
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Cynthia Paganini practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Her areas of expertise include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. She 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. After completing medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Paganini performed her residency at UNC Hospitals. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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