We found 10 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold PPO near Austin, TX.

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Dr. John Francisco Villacis, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
12221 Mopac Expressway North
Austin, TX
 

Dr. John Villacis is a physician who specializes in allergy & immunology. Clinical interests for Dr. Villacis include anaphylaxis, sinusitis (sinus infection), and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). His professional affiliations include Seton Medical Center Austin, North Clinic, and the University Medical Center Brackenridge. Dr. Villacis studied medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Patients gave Dr. Villacis an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Villacis's distinctions include: ADC Henry Award for Media Excellence: Texas Monthly Super Doctor and Texas Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Sinusitis, Recurrent Infections, Allergies, Hives, Insect ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason S Reichenberg, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
313 East 12th Street; Suite 103 Dermatology
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Jason Reichenberg, who practices in Austin, TX, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Reichenberg's areas of clinical interest consist of lupus, psoriasis, and eczema. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Seton Medical Center Austin, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, and the University Medical Center Brackenridge. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Reichenberg trained at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Reichenberg has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Reichenberg include: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, psoriasis

All Interests: Second Opinions, Eczema, Laser Treatment, Skin Cancer Surgery, Skin Issues, Lupus, Psoriasis, Biopsy

Dr. Lucia Zoraida Diaz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
1301 Barbara Jordan Boulevard; Suite 200
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Lucia Diaz is a specialist in pediatric dermatology. She works in Austin, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Diaz include hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), lupus, and psoriasis. Her professional affiliations include Seton Medical Center Austin, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, and the University Medical Center Brackenridge. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Diaz is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Nail Issues, Hyperhidrosis, Rashes, Skin Issues, Lupus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dayna Gwinup Diven, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
601 E 15th Street; Cec C2.443, Office
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Dayna Diven's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Patient ratings for Dr. Diven average 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise consist of rashes, psoriasis, and skin infection. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Diven has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Medical Center Hays. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Eczema, Teaching, Research, Skin Infection, Skin Cancer, Rashes, Autoimmune Disorders, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Juliane Frem Vaughan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology
1301 Barbara Jordan Boulevard; Suite 200
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Juliana Vaughan practices pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Dr. Vaughan (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. Her areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease and abdominal pain. She is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and 'Specially for Children. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Vaughan attended Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Malnutrition, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer L Vickers, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
313 E 12th Street; Suite 100
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Vickers is a physician who specializes in dermatopathology. Clinical interests for Dr. Vickers include cysts, acne, and biopsy. Dr. Vickers accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and TriWest, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Medical Center Hays. Dr. Vickers's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Eczema, Skin Cancer, Skin Cancer Surgery, Skin Issues, Skin Tag Removal, Autoimmune Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Clifford "jack" Fraim, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1600 W 38th Street; Suite 308
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Clifford Fraim is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Fraim include general neurology, migraine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is professionally affiliated with the University Medical Center Brackenridge, Seton Northwest Hospital, and Seton Southwest Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Fraim performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. On average, patients gave Dr. Fraim a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, General ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard R Tallman, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1250 S Capital of Texas Highway; Bldg 3-100
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Richard Tallman is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Tallman is rated highly by his patients. His professional affiliations include North Clinic, The Austin Diagnostic Clinic (ADC), and Seton Healthcare Family. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Tallman is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic and the University Health System, Dr. Tallman attended medical school at Mayo Medical School. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Monthly Super Doctor; Texas Super Doctors; and US News and World Report, Top Doctor.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer

Maryetta "etta" Dietz, MS
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Neurology
1600 W 38th Street; Suite 308
Austin, TX
 

Ms. Maryetta Dietz's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Ms. Dietz include migraine, multiple sclerosis (MS), and vertigo. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She speaks Spanish. Ms. Dietz is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Syncope, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromuscular Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Migraine, ... (Read more)

Dr. Fu Lye "martin" Woon, PhD
Specializes in Psychology, Neuropsychology
1600 W 38th Street; Suite 308
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Fu Lye Woon works as a psychologist and neuropsychologist in Austin, TX. His areas of expertise include the following: seizure disorders, stroke, and movement disorders. Dr. Woon is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Woon (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Malay, and Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Seizure Disorders, Dementia, Movement Disorders, Stroke, Autoimmune Disorders, Memory Loss

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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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