We found 54 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna PPO near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Julie Yogesh Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology, Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Julie Patel is a specialist in adult allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. She works in Houston, TX. These areas are among Dr. Patel's clinical interests: raynaud's, osteoporosis, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). She is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Patel's practice is open to new patients. She graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Her distinctions include: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Polymyositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hives, Angioedema, Arthritis, Hay Fever, Raynaud's

Dr. Richard Alan Rubin, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Rubin's specialty is adult rheumatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Rubin average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rubin include raynaud's, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Rubin accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Rubin has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Arthritis, Lupus, Raynaud's

Dr. Sapandeep Kaur Khurana, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6624 Fannin Street, Saint Luke's O'quinn Medical Towers; Suite 1410
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sippi Khurana is a rheumatologist in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Khurana include sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khurana has an open panel. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Polymyositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Hives, Angioedema, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1701 Sunset Boulevard
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Suong Tran sees patients in Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Tran's clinical interests include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Polymyositis, Osteoporosis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ramona Moraru, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ramona Mihu's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mihu include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mihu welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Arthritis, Lupus, Vasculitis

Dr. Naureen Alim, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
6550 Fannin Street, Smith Tower; Suite 2421
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Naureen Alim is a physician who specializes in allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. Dr. Alim attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Clinical interests for Dr. Alim include sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alim honors. She has received the following distinctions: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Alim is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hives, Arthritis, Sinusitis, Hay Fever, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jovan M Popovich, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6560 Fannin Street; Scurlock Tower, Suite 400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jovan Popovich specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Popovich has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Popovich include rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

Dr. Tariq Hanna Khalaf, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2101 Crawford Street; Suite 202
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tariq Khalaf is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khalaf include knee problems, sinusitis (sinus infection), and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Khalaf graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Khalaf's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Keith Tyring, PhD, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1401 Binz Street; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Tyring works as a dermatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Tyring include psoriasis and viral infection. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tyring honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Tyring graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Tyring (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Viral Infection, Psoriasis, Infections

Dr. Rosa A Tang, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
4901 Calhoun Road; Uei-4901 Calhoun Building 505
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rosa Tang is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Galveston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Tang include thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. The average patient rating for Dr. Tang is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Dr. Tang is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University. Her training includes residency programs at Georgetown University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Tang speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Eye Trauma, Eye Exam, Pituitary Surgery, Myasthenia ... (Read more)

Dr. Norman H Rappaport, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Other
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1812
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Norman Rappaport's area of specialization is plastic surgery. Dr. Rappaport studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Rappaport completed residency programs at Abington Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His clinical interests include dermabrasion, moles, and vaginoplasty. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Rappaport is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Rappaport speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Vaginoplasty, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Butt Augmentation, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Stapleton Coselli, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Coselli practices cardiac surgery and vascular surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Coselli include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), mitral valve prolapse, and thyroid problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Coselli is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Coselli graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Baylor Clinic. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Lung Biopsy, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Gallstones, Abdominal Aortic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Venessa Holland is an adult pulmonology specialist in Houston, TX. Her areas of expertise include the following: multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and preventive care. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Holland honors. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then she performed her residency at St. Paul University Hospital, Dallas and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Holland is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
5711 Almeda
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gerardo Bueso's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Bueso's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, anemia, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Bueso attended medical school at the University of Siena Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Bueso (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Italian. Dr. Bueso is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Bone Problems, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Randolph Warren Evans, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1200 Binz, Suite 1370; Plaza Medical Center
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Randolph Evans' area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Evans's clinical interests: back pain, multiple sclerosis (MS), and neck pain. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patients gave Dr. Evans an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Evans has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neck Pain, Surgical Procedures, Electroencephalography, Back Pain, Bloodless ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
1200 Binz Street; Suite 1490
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Gilmer is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Gilmer's areas of expertise include transient ischemic attack (TIA), multiple sclerosis (MS), and neck pain. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Gilmer accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neck Pain, Neuropathy, Stroke, Transient Ischemic Attack, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, ... (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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