We found 14 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near Tampa, FL.

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John Carter MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 3.91 stars (20 ratings)
5802 N. 30th Street, Tampa; Floor 33613
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Carter practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Carter is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Carter honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is accepting new patients. He attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He has received distinctions including Outstanding Faculty Research Award, USF Health; America's Most Compassionate Doctors Award; and Patients' Choice Recognition Award.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 3.83 stars (3 ratings)
4700 N. Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Kimberly Smith works as an adult rheumatologist. Dr. Smith attended the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include back pain, trigger point injections, and joint injections. The average patient rating for Dr. Smith is 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Smith is affiliated with 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 (24 ratings)
2605 W Swann Avenue; Suite 600
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Leni Kramer practices adult rheumatology. She has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She has indicated that her clinical interests include fibromyalgia, joint injections, 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. Kramer takes. Before performing her residency at Jacobi Medical Center, Dr. Kramer attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She 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 (7 ratings)
4700 North Habana Avenue; Suite 201
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Harris McIlwain sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. Dr. McIlwain has indicated that his clinical interests include diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He 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. He attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. McIlwain speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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 (15 ratings)
1 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Joel Richter practices adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency training at National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Richter's areas of expertise consist of barrett's esophagus, achalasia, and eosinophilic esophagitis (eoE). Patients gave Dr. Richter an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Top Doctors; Castle and Connolly Top Doctors in American-Gastroenterology; and Best Doctors. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

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

Juan S. Uribe MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
average rating 4.08 stars (15 ratings)
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Juan Uribe's specialty is neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Uribe include scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, and thoracic herniated disc. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Uribe has received the following distinctions: Best Research Abstract, Annual SOLAS Meeting and Plantinum Annual Research Award, University of South Florida. His professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). He welcomes 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 (9 ratings)
17 Davis Boulevard, Tampa, Floor 33613; 17 Davis Medical Building
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Neil Fenske, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in dermatopathology. Dr. Fenske attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. His areas of expertise include the following: tattoo removal, psoriasis, and kybella injection. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Fenske 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. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH). 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 ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Nishit Patel is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). These areas are among his clinical interests: rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. 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. Patel graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Patel's practice is open to 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 is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include diabetes, joint injections, and lupus. Dr. Patel is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Wales College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Patel speaks Gujarati. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 stars (1 rating)
3003 W Dr Ml King Jr Boulevard; Ms-3012
Tampa, 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 Neurology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
2919 W Swann Avenue; Suite 401
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Susan Steen's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Steen graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Steen include bell's palsy, seizure disorders, and migraine. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Steen is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Dr. Arthur J. Pedregal M.D.
Specializes in Other, Neurology
average rating 4.25 stars (8 ratings)
4710 N Habana Avenue; Suite 303
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Arthur Pedregal specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and trigger point injections. On average, patients gave Dr. Pedregal a rating of 4.0 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. Pedregal takes. Dr. Pedregal 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 (MS)

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

Dr. Jesus Navarro M.D.
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
4710 North Habana Avenue; Suite 300
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jesus Navarro is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. His areas of clinical interest consist of geriatric health, biopsy, and lupus. Dr. Navarro 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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

Lara W. Katzin M.D.
Specializes in Neurology
average rating 5 stars (4 ratings)
2 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33613
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lara Katzin specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Katzin's average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include nerve conduction studies (NCS), myasthenia gravis, and muscle diseases (myopathies). She is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Katzin's practice is open to new patients. Her distinctions include: Board certification, Diplomat, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine; Subspecialty Certification, Neuromuscular Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and Board certification, Diplomat, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Nerve Conduction Studies, Muscle Diseases, ... (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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