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Dr. Hossam Elzawawy, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Hossam Elzawawy is a Weston, FL physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Elzawawy's areas of expertise include lupus, polymyositis, and spondylosis (degenerative spine disease). He is in-network 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 Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Elzawawy trained at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Elzawawy is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Inflammatory Arthritis, Joint ... (Read more)

Dr. David W Friedman, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Wnc3-121
Weston, FL
 

Dr. David Friedman is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery and hand surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Friedman include amputation, rhabdomyosarcoma, and sports health. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Friedman takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Friedman completed his residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, and a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. His distinctions include: Boca Raton Super Doctors and South Florida Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Friedman is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rhabdomyosarcoma, Sports Health, Hand Fracture, Musculoskeletal Pain, Bursitis, Wrist Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Adriana Adriana Rodriguez Quinoway, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Doris Rodriguez practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Rodriguez's clinical interests: general neurology, concussion, and bell's palsy. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, Dr. Rodriguez speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Neuromuscular Disorders, Status Epilepticus, Migraine, Dementia, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Gabriel T Schnickel, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Gabriel Schnickel works as a general surgeon and transplant surgeon in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Weston, FL. Dr. Schnickel's areas of expertise include the following: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. 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 attended the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. His professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Liver Tumor, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Jose Luis Baez-Escudero, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Jose Baez-Escudero is a specialist in cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He works in Weston, FL. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Temple University for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Baez-Escudero include orthostatic hypotension, heart tumor, and second opinions. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 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. Baez-Escudero honors. Dr. Baez-Escudero (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Second Opinions, Heart Bypass Surgery, Cryosurgery, Cardiac Devices, Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral ... (Read more)

Dr. Fernando Castro-Pavia, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Fernando Castro-Pavia practices adult gastroenterology in Weston, FL. His clinical interests include foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. Dr. Castro-Pavia honors 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. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Castro-Pavia speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Foreign Body Ingestion, Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Ascites, Cirrhosis, Rectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Nestor Galvez-Jimenez's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: migraine, restless leg syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Galvez-Jimenez takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Galvez-Jimenez studied medicine at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences. His training includes residency programs at Booth Memorial Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Galvez-Jimenez is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, Dementia, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Mehrdad M Farid, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Hospital Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Mehrdad Farid's specialties are adult cardiology and hospital medicine (hospitalist). He practices in Weston, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: amputation, thrombocytosis (high platelet count), and carotid artery disease. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. Dr. Farid 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. Farid attended Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Caritas Carney Hospital. Dr. Farid (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Persian and Turkish.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Diagnostic Evaluation, Renal Vascular Disease, Scleroderma, Sclerotherapy, Vascular Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Wael K Barsoum, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Wael Barsoum is an orthopedic surgeon. Before performing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Barsoum attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Barsoum include knee arthritis, knee ligament injury, and joint aspiration (arthrocentesis). Patients gave Dr. Barsoum an average rating of 5.0 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. Barsoum accepts. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Fairview Health Services.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Knee Arthritis, Knee Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Revision Arthroplasty, Total Hip Replacement, Hip ... (Read more)

Dr. Franck F Rahaghi, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Franck Rahaghi is a Weston, FL physician who specializes in adult pulmonology. Dr. Rahaghi has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: collapsed lung (pneumothorax), shortness of breath (dyspnea), and pleural effusion (water on the lungs). He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Rahaghi has received professional recognition including the following: Boca Raton Super Doctors and South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Rahaghi (or staff) speaks French and Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Lung Problems, Chest X-ray, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dianne Tecla Sandy-Charles, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Suite # A11/12
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Dianne Sandy is an adult nephrology specialist in Weston, FL. Dr. Sandy studied medicine at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. Her medical residency was performed at Cleveland Clinic. Clinical interests for Dr. Sandy include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Sandy is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Glomerular Diseases, Nephrotic Syndrome, Total ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew (Andrzej) Ukleja, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Andrew Ukleja specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Weston, FL. He speaks Polish. Dr. Ukleja's areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. After attending Medical University of Lodz for medical school, he completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. The average patient rating for Dr. Ukleja is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ukleja 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.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Bleeding, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ramon G Lugo Sanchez, MD
Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Ramon Lugo-Sanchez specializes in osteopathic manipulative medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Lugo-Sanchez average 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: general neurology, concussion, and bell's palsy. Dr. Lugo-Sanchez 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 obtained his medical school training at Ponce School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Lugo-Sanchez is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, Dementia, Nerve Conduction Studies, ... (Read more)

Dr. Efrain D Salgado, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Efrain Salgado works as a neurologist. Dr. Salgado has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include brain aneurysm, migraine, and carotid artery disease. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Salgado speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Spinal AVM, Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Hemorrhage, Compression ... (Read more)

Dr. Carmel A Celestin, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Carmel Celestin, who practices in Weston, FL, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: thrombocytosis (high platelet count), carotid artery disease, and lymphedema. Dr. Celestin honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Baystate Medical Center, Dr. Celestin attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Celestin (or staff) speaks Spanish and Haitian Creole. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Renal Vascular Disease, Scleroderma, Edema, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Aneurysm, Peripheral Artery ... (Read more)

Dr. Alison J Schneider, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Alison Schneider practices adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schneider include cancer screening, polypectomy (polyp removal), and achalasia. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. Dr. Schneider graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Achalasia, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Ascites, Esophageal Manometry, Esophageal ... (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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