We found 31 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Blue Choice near Fort Worth, TX.

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Dr. Ira Marc Epstein, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ira Epstein is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Epstein include renal artery stenosis, glomerulonephritis, and urine culture. Dr. Epstein is professionally affiliated with Medical City North Hills, Medical City Fort Worth, and Baylor Scott & White Health. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Epstein performed his residency at Cooper University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Renal Vascular Disease, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Ioannis Alexander Avramis, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Spine Surgery
1650 W Magnolia Avenue; Suite 210
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ioannis Avramis is a medical specialist in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and pediatric spine surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Avramis include lumbar laminectomy, kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation), and tumor. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Avramis accepts. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). He is affiliated with Medical City Children's Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Children's Health (Texas).

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Relevant Interests: , ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Lumbar Laminectomy, Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Stenosis, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Jesse Ellis Smith, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1500 South Main - Surgery Clinic
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Jesse Smith's areas of specialization are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat); he sees patients in Fort Worth, TX and Colleyville, TX. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: dermabrasion, ear pain, and enlarged turbinates. Dr. Smith has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: Top 10 MD; Fort Worth Top Doc; and American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Smith speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Southlake. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Enlarged Turbinates, Dizziness, Eyelid Retraction Repair, Thyroid Fine Needle ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Houston Shelton, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
900 West Magnolia Avenue; Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Shelton is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shelton's clinical interests include celiac disease, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and diverticular disease. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shelton welcomes new patients. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Gallstones, Gastritis, Enteroscopy, Bile Duct ... (Read more)

Specializes in Otolaryngology
1250 Eighth Avenue; Suite 135
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Jeremy Watkins, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). These areas are among his clinical interests: enlarged turbinates, deviated septum, and headache. Dr. Watkins's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Watkins's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Cook Children's. Dr. Watkins has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Enlarged Turbinates, Dizziness, Down Syndrome, Bronchitis, Eyelid Problems, Bone Cancer, Larynx ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
1325 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 610
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Dinesh Bhambhvani is a medical specialist in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include brain aneurysm, migraine, and sleep apnea. Dr. Bhambhvani is affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Fort Worth. He is a graduate of L.T. Municipal Medical College and a graduate of Beaumont Hospitals' residency program. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Bhambhvani's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Radiculopathy, Brain Problems, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
800 5th Avenue; Suite 400
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Timothy Niacaris' areas of specialization are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Fort Worth, TX and Arlington, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). These areas are among his clinical interests: steroid injections, knee surgery, and carpal tunnel surgery. Dr. Niacaris is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Niacaris's professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Fort Worth. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Arm Fracture, Wrist Fracture, Shoulder Fracture, Elbow Fracture, Hand Fracture, Ankle ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel Edward Bruhl, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1201 Summit Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Daniel Bruhl is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Bruhl include conjunctivitis (pink eye), eyelid surgery, and glaucoma. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Bruhl graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Bruhl's professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Resources.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Trichiasis, Dry Eyes, Headache, Foreign Body Removal, Conjunctivitis, Glaucoma, Eye ... (Read more)

Dr. Cary Layne Burton, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1201 Summit Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Cary Burton's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include the following: conjunctivitis (pink eye), eyelid surgery, and trichiasis (misdirected eyelash). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Before completing his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dr. Burton attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Burton's professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Fort Worth.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Trichiasis, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Dry Eyes, Headache, Foreign Body Removal, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sreekumaran K Nair, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
915 S Main Street; Suite A
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Sreekumaran Nair works as a neurologist in Fort Worth, TX. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: brain aneurysm, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Nair's professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nair accepts. He is conversant in Malayalam.

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

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Radiculopathy, Brain Problems, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Dermatology
400 West Magnolia Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Angela Shedd is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Shedd's areas of expertise include the following: acne, biopsy, and psoriasis. Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shedd honors. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Shedd's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Moles, Psoriasis, Eczema, Biopsy, Acne, Skin Issues

Specializes in Ophthalmology
1201 Summit Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ted Margo practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Fort Worth, TX. His clinical interests include conjunctivitis (pink eye), glaucoma, and cataract surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Margo accepts. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Margo performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. In addition to English, Dr. Margo speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Trichiasis, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Dry Eyes, Headache, Foreign Body Removal, Conjunctivitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
800 5th Avenue; Suite 400
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Di Parks is a hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Her clinical interests include knee problems, strains, and knee surgery. Dr. Parks's hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Fort Worth. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at JPS Health Network. She honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Parks has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Arm Fracture, Wrist Fracture, Shoulder Fracture, Knee Fracture, Hand Fracture, ... (Read more)

Dr. Abdul Hafeez, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
950 West Magnolia
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Abdul Hafeez specializes in adult nephrology. In addition to English, Dr. Hafeez (or staff) speaks Urdu. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hafeez include vitamin D deficiency, polycystic kidney disease, and nephrotic syndrome. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Medical City Alliance. He graduated from Dow Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. Dr. Hafeez accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Nephrotic Syndrome, Electrolyte Disorders, Kidney Stones, Edema, ... (Read more)

Dr. Keith Ward Louden, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
800 8th Avenue; Suite 506
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Keith Louden is a Fort Worth, TX physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Louden include sports health, carpal tunnel syndrome, and hand fracture. Dr. Louden is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital for residency. Dr. Louden speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Leg Fracture, Knee Arthritis, Arm Fracture, Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Knee Fracture, Hand ... (Read more)

Dr. Ricardo Cristobal, MD
Specializes in Otology and Neurotology, Neurology
923 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ricardo Cristobal practices otology and neurotology. He is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cristobal include nystagmus, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and syncope (fainting). He is affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Cook Children's. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Cristobal attended the University of Navarra School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cristobal welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Neuroendoscopy, Dizziness, Bone Cancer, Bone Problems, Brain Problems, Lower Back Pain, Ear ... (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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