We found 20 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Coventry Health Care Plans near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Richard Rubin is an adult rheumatologist in Houston, TX. Patients gave Dr. Rubin an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of raynaud's, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rubin attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Ramona Mihu's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Mihu's average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise consist of lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. 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. Jovan M Popovich, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6560 Fannin Street; Scurlock Tower, Suite 400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jovan Popovich practices adult rheumatology in Houston, TX. In his practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatoid arthritis. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Popovich accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Popovich is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Venessa Holland is a specialist in adult pulmonology. She works in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Holland include multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and preventive care. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Holland honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Holland 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.

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

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

Dr. Jenny Mei-Ju Lai, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 1878
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Jenny Lai is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Lai's average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Lai include general neurology, multiple sclerosis (MS), and spasticity. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Lai is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Aneurysm, Spine Problems, Stroke, Stroke Rehabilitation, Injuries, Brain Injury, Botulinum Toxin ... (Read more)

Dr. David Barry Rosenfield, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 802
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Rosenfield is a neurophysiologist, neurologist, and neuromuscular medicine specialist in Houston, TX. His areas of expertise include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and musculoskeletal pain. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Rosenfield graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Rosenfield is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rosenfield is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Rosenfield has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Shoulder Problems, Myasthenia Gravis, Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, Memory ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Glenn Smith, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6560 Fannin Street; Scurlock Tower, Suite 802
Houston, TX
 

Dr. R. Smith practices neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include bell's palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and spasticity. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Smith's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Muscle Diseases, Muscular Dystrophy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafiq Qasam Ali, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Chiropractic
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rafiq Ali practices family medicine and chiropractic in Houston, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, thyroid problems, and depression. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ali is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Ali has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding, Sports Health, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rony Ninan, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
6410 Fannin Street; Suite 1014
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rony Ninan works as a neurophysiologist and neurologist. Dr. Ninan's education and training includes medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Clinical interests for Dr. Ninan include tremors, guillain-barre syndrome, and seizures. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Ninan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Lower Back Pain, Neck Problems, Neuropathy, Muscle Diseases, Tremors, ... (Read more)

Dr. Terry A Clyburn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6445 Main Street; Suite 2500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Terry Clyburn works as an orthopedist. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Clyburn is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Clyburn completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard K Simpson Jr., PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
6560 Fannin Street; Scurlock Tower, Suite 900
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Richard Simpson is a neurosurgeon in Houston, TX. Dr. Simpson's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: tremors, spasticity, and pain management. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Simpson studied medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Neck Problems, Brain Surgery, Movement Disorders, Neck Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ericka P Simpson, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 802
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ericka Simpson is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Simpson average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Simpson's areas of expertise include myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and guillain-barre syndrome. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Simpson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Simpson has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Muscle Diseases, Muscular Dystrophy, Neurodegenerative ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohammad Al Baeer, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mohammad Al Baeer, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, bell's palsy, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Al Baeer is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Al Baeer accepts. Dr. Al Baeer is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neck Pain, Neuropathy, Epilepsy, Back Pain, Alzheimer's Disease, Headache, Botulinum Toxin ... (Read more)

Dr. David Paul Huston, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Huston's medical specialty is adult allergy & immunology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Huston include sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. Dr. Huston accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Huston attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Huston is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Arthritis, Sinusitis, Lupus, Asthma, Vasculitis, Hives, Angioedema, Hay Fever

Dr. Sheetal Shivaprasad, MD
Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology
6560 Fannin Street; Suite 802
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sheetal Shroff is a specialist in osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She studied medicine at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka. For her professional training, Dr. Shroff completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shroff include myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and guillain-barre syndrome. The average patient rating for Dr. Shroff is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Shroff is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Facial Problems, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Skin Biopsy, Muscle ... (Read more)

Dr. Tilottama Md Majumdar, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Tilottama Majumdar practices adult pulmonology in Houston, TX. Her areas of expertise include lung biopsy, lung surgery, and sleep apnea. Dr. Majumdar is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She studied medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Patient ratings for Dr. Majumdar average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Majumdar takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Biopsy, Scleroderma, Sleep Apnea, Lung Surgery

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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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