We found 8 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare Silver HMO 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, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Torres is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Torres's areas of expertise include back pain, trigger point injections, and osteoporosis. 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 studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. His 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's medical specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. Dr. Tang's areas of expertise include sinusitis (sinus infection), asthma, and rashes. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University, Dr. Tang attended Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He is conversant in Thai. Dr. Tang's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, All Children's Hospital, and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He welcomes 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). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Weiss is especially interested in nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and muscular dystrophy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. 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 is a graduate of 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 works as a neurologist, occupational medicine specialist, and osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include the following: seizure disorders, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. He is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patel graduated from Medical College Baroda. He trained at Howard University Hospital for his residency. 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 is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, sleep disorders, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). Dr. Khamisani's average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khamisani attended Sindh Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Nassau University Medical Center. 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, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 202
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Franklin works as a neurologist. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Franklin include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and migraine. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Franklin takes. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University. For his professional training, Dr. Franklin completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Franklin has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Franklin's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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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 specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Largo, FL and Pinellas Park, FL. 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. These areas are among his clinical interests: migraine, tourette syndrome, and stroke. Patient ratings for Dr. Ritch average 1.5 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. In addition to English, Dr. Ritch speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus.

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

Dr. Cynthia Paganini sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her medical specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Her clinical interests include diabetes, herpes, and geriatric health. Dr. Paganini honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine and a graduate of UNC Hospitals' residency program. Dr. Paganini speaks Spanish. She is 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)

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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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