We found 10 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare PPO 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 an adult nephrology specialist in North Richland Hills, TX and Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Epstein is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Cooper University Hospital's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Epstein include renal artery stenosis, glomerulonephritis, and urine culture. The average patient rating for Dr. Epstein is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City North Hills, Medical City Fort Worth, and Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Epstein has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. Jesse Smith specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Smith attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include dermabrasion, ear pain, and enlarged turbinates. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received distinctions including Top 10 MD; Fort Worth Top Doc; and American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Smith is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Southlake. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Smith's office for an appointment.

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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 works as an adult gastroenterologist in Fort Worth, TX. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Shelton's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Clinical interests for Dr. Shelton include celiac disease, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and diverticular disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Shelton speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth. Dr. Shelton is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Jeremy Watkins is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Areas of expertise for Dr. Watkins include enlarged turbinates, deviated septum, and headache. Patient ratings for Dr. Watkins average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Cook Children's. Dr. Watkins is open to new patients.

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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 specializes in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Bhambhvani include brain aneurysm, migraine, and sleep apnea. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at L.T. Municipal Medical College and residency at Beaumont Hospitals. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Fort Worth. Dr. Bhambhvani has an open panel.

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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)

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

Dr. Ricardo Cristobal practices otology and neurotology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Fort Worth, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: nystagmus, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and syncope (fainting). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cristobal takes. He attended the University of Navarra School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Cristobal is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Cook Children's. His practice is open to 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)

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

Dr. Abdul Hafeez works as an adult nephrologist in Fort Worth, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hafeez include vitamin D deficiency, polycystic kidney disease, and nephrotic syndrome. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Dow Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo. In addition to English, Dr. Hafeez (or staff) speaks Urdu. Dr. Hafeez's professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Medical City Alliance. 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. Oyeyemi Adetokunbo Fabuyi, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
508 S Adams; Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Oyeyemi Fabuyi is a specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He obtained his medical school training at Ogun State University, Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences and performed his residency at Harlem Hospital Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fabuyi include syncope (fainting), aortic valve disease, and bronchiectasis. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fabuyi is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His professional affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Care. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders, scleroderma

All Interests: Chest CT Scan, Bronchiectasis, Atrial Fibrillation, Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Bronchitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
650 St. Louis Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Adebola Olatunji practices general internal medicine in Fort Worth, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Olatunji include diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Medical City Fort Worth and Texas Health Fort Worth. Dr. Olatunji is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, College of Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at The Dudley Group of Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary Ann A Skiba, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology
800 West Magnolia Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Mary Skiba practices adult hematology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Skiba include liver disease, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, and myeloma. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Skiba is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Skiba's hospital/clinic affiliations include Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Fort Worth, and Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Liver Disease, Leukemia, Antiphospholipid Antibody ... (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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