We found 26 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Great-West Healthcare 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 specializes in adult allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology and practices in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Patel include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Dr. Patel is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Patel graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions she has received 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. 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 practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Khurana's clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khurana takes. Dr. Khurana has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tran include raynaud's, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal pain. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Tran 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. Naureen Alim, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology
6550 Fannin Street, Smith Tower; Suite 2421
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Naureen Alim is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. Dr. Alim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. These areas are among her clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), raynaud's, and osteoporosis. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Alim's distinctions include: Texas Rising Stars and Texas Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Joshua Michael Gold, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Allergy & Immunology, Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. J. Gold's areas of specialization are general internal medicine, adult allergy & immunology, and adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include knee problems, thyroid problems, and parathyroid disease. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gold is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He studied medicine at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Gold has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Nutrition Issues, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Tariq Khalaf is an adult rheumatology specialist in Houston, TX, Katy, TX, and Spring, TX. 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 studied medicine at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khalaf honors. He is accepting 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's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). His areas of expertise include the following: psoriasis and viral infection. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Tyring takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama for his residency. Dr. Tyring has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Tyring (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. He is professionally affiliated with 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. Joseph Stapleton Coselli, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Coselli is a heart surgeon and vascular surgeon. Areas of expertise for Dr. Coselli include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), mitral valve prolapse, and thyroid problems. Patients rated Dr. Coselli highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Coselli has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Baylor Clinic. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

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

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

Dr. Rosa Tang's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Tang include thyroid problems, strabismus, and electrophysiological (EP) study. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Tang honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Georgetown University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami, Dr. Tang attended medical school at Cayetano Heredia University. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Tang's professional affiliations include Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX). Her practice is open to 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 specializes in plastic surgery and practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Rappaport graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Abington Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: dermabrasion, moles, and vaginoplasty. The average patient rating for Dr. Rappaport is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Rappaport has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rappaport's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
5711 Almeda
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Gerardo Bueso is an endocrinologist. Dr. Bueso (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Italian. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, anemia, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). Dr. Bueso is affiliated with Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), Houston Methodist, and Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Bueso graduated from the University of Siena Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. He trained at Washington Hospital Center for residency. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Bueso is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. John Pedro Frommer, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. J. Frommer works as a nephrologist in Houston, TX and Beaumont, TX. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. Areas of expertise for Dr. Frommer include diabetes, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Frommer accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Frommer is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Angiogram, Diabetes, Lupus, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Renal ... (Read more)

Dr. Bernardino Flores Abaya, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bernardino Abaya is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Abaya include 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 accepts. He attended medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. Dr. Abaya (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Spanish. Dr. Abaya is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and Park Plaza Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Abaya's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Dr. Luis G Granier-Spikula, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2900 Richmond Avenue; Suite 200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Luis Granier-Spikula specializes in general internal medicine. Before completing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Granier-Spikula attended medical school at the University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Granier-Spikula include prostate problems, warts, and thyroid problems. Dr. Granier-Spikula is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Granier-Spikula's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, Guillain-Barre syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Depression, Adolescent Issues, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ching-Chiang Allen Chu, PhD, MD
Specializes in Other, Neuromuscular Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology, Sleep Medicine
15655 Cypress Woods Medical Drive; Suite 400
Houston, TX
 

Dr. C. Chu specializes in neuromuscular medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Houston, TX and The Woodlands, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chu include facial problems, tremors, and sleep apnea. Patients rated Dr. Chu highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After completing medical school at Kaohsiung Medical University, he performed his residency at Duke University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Chu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Chinese. Dr. Chu's hospital/clinic affiliations include Houston Methodist and Houston Northwest Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Facial Problems, Sleep Apnea, Neck Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Marc Lovitt, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Steven Lovitt is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Lovitt's clinical interests include myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and sleep apnea. The average patient rating for Dr. Lovitt is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Lovitt is affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Bone Spurs, Sleep Disorders, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Chronic ... (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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