We found 12 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Coventry HSA near Tampa, FL.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 3.83 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
4700 N. Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL

Dr. Kimberly Smith is an adult rheumatology specialist in Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include back pain, trigger point injections, and joint injections. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Smith accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Smith speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Shoulder Problems, Spinal Stenosis, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Back ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 2.79 stars out of 5 (24 ratings)
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 600
Tampa, FL

Dr. Leni Kramer practices adult rheumatology. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kramer's clinical interests include fibromyalgia, joint injections, and lupus. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Jacobi Medical Center, Dr. Kramer attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Kramer is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Fibromyalgia, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Joint Problems, Pain, Joint Injections

Dr Harris Hugh McIlwain MD
Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 3.64 stars out of 5 (7 ratings)
4700 North Habana Avenue; Suite 201
Tampa, FL

Dr. Harris McIlwain's medical specialty is geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. His areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. 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. McIlwain accepts. He attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. McIlwain is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Tendonitis, Geriatric Health

Joel Edward Richter MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.92 stars out of 5 (15 ratings)
1 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL

Dr. Joel Richter, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Richter's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at National Naval Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Richter include barrett's esophagus, achalasia, and eosinophilic esophagitis (eoE). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HSA, and more. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Richter has received include Top Doctors; Castle and Connolly Top Doctors in American-Gastroenterology; and Best Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Eosinophilic Esophagitis

All Interests: Achalasia, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Barrett's Esophagus, Acid Reflux

Juan S Uribe MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Average rating 4.08 stars out of 5 (15 ratings)
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL

Dr. Juan Uribe is a neurosurgeon in Tampa, FL. These areas are among Dr. Uribe's clinical interests: scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and thoracic herniated disc. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He 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. Dr. Uribe obtained his medical school training at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received distinctions including Best Research Abstract, Annual SOLAS Meeting and Plantinum Annual Research Award, University of South Florida. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis

All Interests: Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scoliosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spine ... (Read more)

Neil Fenske MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
Average rating 3.88 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
17 Davis Boulevard, Tampa, Floor 33613; 17 Davis Medical Building
Tampa, FL

Dr. Neil Fenske is a dermatopathologist. His clinical interests include tattoo removal, psoriasis, and kybella injection. Dr. Fenske is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Fenske has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the following distinctions: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition; Surgeon of the Year, Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons; and Gustavus Adolphus College Sesquicentennial Award, Gustavus Adolphus. Dr. Fenske is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, Tattoo Removal, Laser Tre ... (Read more)

Nishit S Patel MD
Specializes in Dermatology
5 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33612
Tampa, FL

Dr. Nishit Patel's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). These areas are among his clinical interests: rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Patel's education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is professionally affiliated with Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Patel welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Psoriasis

All Interests: Atopic Dermatitis, Rosacea, Melanoma, Psoriasis, Vitiligo, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Acne

Dr Mahendrakumar Mohanlal Patel MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2916 W Waters Avenue; Suite A1
Tampa, FL

Dr. Mahendrakumar Patel's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Patel has a special interest in diabetes, joint injections, and lupus. He 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 studied medicine at the University of Wales College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Gujarati. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Weight Management, Joint Injections

Shivinder Narwal MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
3003 W Dr Ml King Jr Boulevard; Ms-3012
Tampa, FL

Dr. Shivinder Narwal works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Narwal include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and gallbladder problems. He accepts 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 Government Medical College, Patiala and a graduate of Kings County Hospital Center's residency program. He speaks Spanish. His professional 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 All ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
2919 W Swann Avenue; Suite 401
Tampa, FL

Dr. Susan Steen is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She works in Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Steen include bell's palsy, seizure disorders, and migraine. Dr. Steen is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Steen is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, Dementia, Stroke, Alzheimer's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's ... (Read more)

Dr Arthur J Pedregal MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
Average rating 4.25 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
4710 N Habana Avenue; Suite 303
Tampa, FL

Dr. Arthur Pedregal is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pedregal include back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and trigger point injections. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Pedregal attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, St. Joseph Children's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

All Interests: Nerve Conduction Studies, Trigger Point Injections, Back Pain, Alzheimer's Disease, Electromyography ... (Read more)

Dr Jesus Navarro MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
4710 North Habana Avenue; Suite 300
Tampa, FL

Dr. Jesus Navarro is a specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Navarro's areas of expertise consist of geriatric health, biopsy, and lupus. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Navarro honors. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Lupus, Biopsy, HIV/AIDS, Geriatric Health

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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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