We found 24 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Provider Select PPO near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Richard Rubin works as an adult rheumatologist. Dr. Rubin is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Rubin include raynaud's, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Patient ratings for Dr. Rubin average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Rubin is in-network 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. He is 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. Ramona Moraru, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ramona Mihu is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. Mihu is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Mihu is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Jovan Popovich practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Popovich's clinical interests encompass rheumatoid arthritis. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

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)

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Venessa Holland's medical specialty is adult pulmonology. Her areas of expertise include the following: multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and preventive care. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Holland attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at St. Paul University Hospital, Dallas and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Holland accepts. She has an open panel.

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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 specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Lai's areas of expertise include general neurology, multiple sclerosis (MS), and spasticity. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Her average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lai accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She is accepting 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 specializes in neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Houston, TX. On average, patients gave Dr. Rosenfield a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and musculoskeletal pain. He 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 the University of Illinois College of Medicine and residency at Duke University Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Rosenfield is affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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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 sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include bell's palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and spasticity. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Smith 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. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.

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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 specializes in family medicine and chiropractic. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, thyroid problems, and depression. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ali at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Ali is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He welcomes new patients.

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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's specialties are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include tremors, guillain-barre syndrome, and seizures. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Ninan attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Ninan's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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, who practices in Houston, TX, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Clyburn's clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Clyburn attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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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 medical specialist in neurosurgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Simpson average 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Simpson include tremors, spasticity, and pain management. Dr. Simpson is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to 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's medical specialty is neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Simpson has a special interest in myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and guillain-barre syndrome. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Simpson honors. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Simpson is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. She welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. A. Saleem's specialty is general internal medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: thyroid problems, depression, and adolescent issues. Dr. Saleem accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Mohammad Al Baeer is a neurophysiologist and neurologist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, bell's palsy, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Al Baeer is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Al Baeer is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He 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)

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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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