We found 13 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept First Health POS near Houston, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Suong Tran is an adult rheumatology specialist in Houston, TX. These areas are among her clinical interests: raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Tran attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma

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

Dr Joseph S Spindler MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Average rating 2.88 stars out of 5 (11 ratings)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Joseph Spindler is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: paget's disease, lupus, and polymyositis. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Spindler is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Spindler studied medicine at Autonomous University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and CHI St. Luke's Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Arthritis, Lupus, Lyme Disease ... (Read more)

John E Wolf MD
Specializes in Dermatology
Average rating 2.54 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
1977 Butler Boulevard; Suite E6.200
Houston, TX

Dr. John Wolf is a physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He has a special interest in ultraviolet (UV) light therapy, rosacea, and psoriasis. Dr. Wolf is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), CHI St. Luke's Health, and Houston Methodist Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Wolf takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Tropical Skin Diseases, Psoriasis, Tropical Diseases, Ultraviolet Light Therap ... (Read more)

Dr Rosa A Tang MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
Average rating 4.28 stars out of 5 (16 ratings)
4901 Calhoun
Houston, TX

Dr. Rosa Tang practices ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Tang is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tang's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and CHI St. Luke's Health. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tang has an open panel. She attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school and subsequently trained at Georgetown University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Tang speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis, 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, Hand Surgery, Other
Average rating 3.88 stars out of 5 (11 ratings)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Norman Rappaport is a plastic surgery and hand surgery specialist in Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Rappaport include dermabrasion, vaginoplasty, and breast augmentation. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Rappaport is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and residency at Abington Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Rappaport has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Rappaport's professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), Houston Methodist, and CHI St. Luke's Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Scleroderma

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

Dr Randolph Warren Evans MD
Specializes in Neurology
Average rating 3.11 stars out of 5 (41 ratings)
1200 Binz Street; Suite 1370
Houston, TX

Dr. Randolph Evans sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). On average, patients gave Dr. Evans a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Evans include back pain, multiple sclerosis (MS), and neck pain. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Park Plaza Hospital, and Houston Methodist Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Evans is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Evans is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

All Interests: Neck Pain, Electroencephalography, Back Pain, Headache, Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Trauma

Bernardino Flores Abaya MD
Specializes in Transplant Medicine, Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Bernardino Abaya works as an organ transplant specialist and adult nephrologist. His areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Abaya honors. Dr. Abaya's education and training includes medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Dr. Abaya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino and Spanish. Dr. Abaya is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, Park Plaza Hospital, and CHI St. Luke's Health. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Physical Exams, Lupus, High Cholesterol, Kidney Prob ... (Read more)

Dr C Allen Chu PHD MD
Specializes in Other, Neuromuscular Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Average rating 4.17 stars out of 5 (52 ratings)
15655 Cypress Woods Medical Drive; Suite 400
Houston, TX

Dr. C. Chu is a neuromuscular medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and sleep medicine specialist. In addition to English, Dr. Chu (or staff) speaks Spanish and Chinese. Dr. Chu's areas of expertise include facial problems, tremors, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist, CHI St. Luke's Health, and The Woodlands Hospital. He graduated from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and Kaohsiung Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Chu trained at Duke University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Chu has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Chu has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Neck Pain, Facial Problems, Sleep Apnea, Neuropathy, Electroencephalography, Moveme ... (Read more)

Yadollah Harati MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
7200 Cambridge Street; Suite 9a
Houston, TX

Dr. Yadollah Harati is a neurologist and neuromuscular medicine specialist in Houston, TX. He graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Areas of expertise for Dr. Harati include myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and guillain-barre syndrome. Patients rated Dr. Harati highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Harati is conversant in Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Medical Center, CHI St. Luke's Health, and Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Harati is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Myasthenia Gravis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Dermatomyositis, Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Physical Exams ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
Average rating 4.29 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
1740 W 27th Street; #206
Houston, TX

Dr. .Jeffrey Gaitz is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Gaitz is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gaitz has indicated that his clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and epilepsy. 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. Gaitz is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and a graduate of Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program's residency program. His professional affiliations include Houston Methodist and CHI St. Luke's Health - The Vintage Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

All Interests: Epilepsy, Alzheimer's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease

Dr Juan Jose Olivero Sr MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Juan Olivero is a nephrologist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Olivero attended the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Olivero include diabetes, hypotension (low blood pressure), and kidney stones. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Olivero accepts. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Olivero has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Scleroderma

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Nu ... (Read more)

Dr Agha Sahir Saleem MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1919 North Loop West Suite; 410
Houston, TX

Dr. A. Saleem is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, depression, and adolescent issues. Dr. Saleem takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Saleem is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Myasthenia Gravis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

All Interests: Depression, Adolescent Issues, Amenorrhea, Sleep Disorders, Incontinence, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarc ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
Average rating 3.09 stars out of 5 (8 ratings)
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX

Dr. Barbara Bush specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Houston, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. Bush is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bush include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menopause, and thyroid problems. Dr. Bush is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bush takes. She is open to new patients. Dr. Bush studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Lupus

All Interests: Amenorrhea, Gynecologic Procedures, Bursitis, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Non-Invasive Ca ... (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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