We found 44 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept MyBlue Silver 1604 near Weston, FL.

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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 medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Elzawawy's areas of expertise include the following: lupus, polymyositis, and spondylosis (degenerative spine 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, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Elzawawy completed his residency training at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport. He speaks Arabic.

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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. Allan Laurence Kennedy, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. A. Kennedy specializes in adult endocrinology. These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), amenorrhea (missed periods), and adrenal cancer. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Kennedy honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Dr. Kennedy attended medical school at Queen's University Belfast. He has received professional recognition including the following: Cleveland Super Doctors. Dr. Kennedy's professional affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida, Hillcrest Hospital, and Marymount Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Graves Disease, Low Testosterone, Type 1 Diabetes, Blood Tests, Erectile Dysfunction, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. David Friedman works as a plastic surgeon and hand surgeon in Weston, FL. Patients gave Dr. Friedman an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include amputation, rhabdomyosarcoma, and sports health. 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. Friedman studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He 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. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Boca Raton Super Doctors and South Florida Super Doctors. He is conversant in French. He is professionally 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 is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Rodriguez completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Clinical interests for Dr. Rodriguez include migraine, carpal tunnel syndrome, and electromyography (EMG). Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rodriguez takes 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. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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

Dr. Wael Barsoum is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave Dr. Barsoum an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Barsoum include knee arthritis, knee ligament injury, and joint aspiration (arthrocentesis). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Fairview Health Services. Dr. Barsoum is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine and a graduate of Cleveland Clinic's residency program.

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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 pulmonologist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rahaghi include collapsed lung (pneumothorax), shortness of breath (dyspnea), and pleural effusion (water on the lungs). He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Rahaghi has received distinctions including Boca Raton Super Doctors and South Florida Super Doctors. Dr. Rahaghi (or staff) speaks French and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Andrew Ukleja's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Patients rated Dr. Ukleja highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include achalasia, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and celiac disease. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Ukleja graduated from Medical University of Lodz and then he performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. In addition to English, he speaks Polish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Gabriel Schnickel is a general surgery and transplant surgery specialist. Dr. Schnickel graduated from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for his residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and hepatitis C. 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. 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's area of specialization is cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Baez-Escudero is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: orthostatic hypotension, heart tumor, and second opinions. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. 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. For his residency, Dr. Baez-Escudero trained at a hospital affiliated with Temple University. Dr. Baez-Escudero (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French.

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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 is a Weston, FL physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Castro-Pavia's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include foreign body ingestion, cancer screening, and achalasia. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Castro-Pavia attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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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 is a neurologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Galvez-Jimenez average 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include migraine, restless leg syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school, Dr. Galvez-Jimenez completed his residency training at Booth Memorial Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He 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 is a specialist in adult cardiology and hospital medicine (hospitalist). He works in Weston, FL. Dr. Farid (or staff) speaks the following languages: Persian and Turkish. Dr. Farid's areas of expertise include amputation, thrombocytosis (high platelet count), and carotid artery disease. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. After completing medical school at Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Caritas Carney Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Diagnostic Evaluation, Renal Vascular Disease, Scleroderma, Sclerotherapy, Vascular Surgery ... (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. Her areas of expertise include the following: cancer screening, polypectomy (polyp removal), and achalasia. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Schneider is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. She is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston.

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

All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Motility Disorders, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Ascites, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Carlos Suarez, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Juan Suarez is an orthopedic reconstructive surgeon in Weston, FL and West Palm Beach, FL. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Suarez include hip replacement, knee arthroscopy, and knee injury. Dr. Suarez is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Suarez is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hip Revision, Bone Problems, Total Knee ... (Read more)

Dr. Diego C Reino, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Diego Reino's specialties are general surgery and transplant surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reino include 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, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Reino graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Reino's 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. Rute Cecilia Ribeiro Teles, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard; Mail Code Wstn
Weston, FL
 

Dr. Rute Paixao's medical specialty is adult nephrology. She is rated highly by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Paixao include disorders of calcium metabolism, orthostatic hypotension, and polycystic kidney disease. Dr. Paixao is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston. She 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. She trained at Cleveland Clinic Florida for her residency. In addition to English, Dr. Paixao (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

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