We found 15 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Bronze 4850/HMO Premier near Temple, TX.

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Dr. Marilyn Kay Clark, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Marilyn Clark practices adult rheumatology in Temple, TX. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Clark attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Gout, Giant ... (Read more)

Dr. Neal Ira Shparago, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Neal Shparago is an adult rheumatologist in Temple, TX. Dr. Shparago has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include uveitis, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Shparago attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Tripler Army Medical Center. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Gout, Uveitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce A Baethge, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1605 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Bruce Baethge's specialty is adult rheumatology. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Baethge's clinical interests encompass systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. Dr. Baethge attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Memorial Hermann and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors; "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2005-2007, 2011-2015; and Alpha Omega Alpha, elected faculty member.

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Relevant Interests: , systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Dr. Wendy Lynne Czerwinski, PhD, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Wendy Czerwinski is a plastic surgery and hand surgery specialist in Temple, TX. Dr. Czerwinski is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with McGill University. Dr. Czerwinski has received the following distinctions: First Annual Jensen Award, Bruner Hand Fellow, Mayo Clinic; Clifford Snyder Award - PSRC, Best resident paper at annual international meeting, McGill University; and Clifford Synder Award - PSRC, Best resident paper at annual international meeting, McGill University. She is conversant in French.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Dupuytren's Contracture, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cosmetic Surgery, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Ashis Vanmali Barad, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1901 Sw Hk Dodgen Loop
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Ashis Barad is a pediatric gastroenterologist. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas and Central Texas Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Dr. Barad performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His distinctions include: Vice Chair, Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section; Most Outstanding First-Year Resident; and President, Residency Association. In addition to English, Dr. Barad (or staff) speaks Spanish and Gujarati.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Allergies, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Lindsey Dailey Hicks, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Lindsey Hicks' medical specialty is dermatopathology. Dr. Hicks is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Her training includes residency programs at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Hicks include: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; AMA Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship; and Holman Taylor Dermatology Scholarship. In addition to English, Dr. Hicks speaks Medical Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Psoriasis, Botox Injection, Juvederm, Acne, Laser Surgery, Removal of Skin Lesion, Rashes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan H Tsai, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1815 S. 31st Street; Scott & White Clinic - Temple Pavilion
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jonathan Tsai is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tsai's education and training includes medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Texas A & M Health Science Center. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Ptosis, Trauma

Dr. Jeffrey Jasper Tramonte, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jeffrey Tramonte's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Tramonte is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. His education and training includes medical school at Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Patient ratings for Dr. Tramonte average 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received distinctions including Texas Rising Stars; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; and Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Electromyography, Radiculopathy, Tilt Table Test, Myasthenia Gravis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine Hutka Fiala, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
409 W Adams Avenue
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Fiala is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist in Temple, TX. Her areas of expertise include rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fiala graduated from Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Texas Rising Stars; Chief Dermatology Resident, Texas Tech, 2006-2007; and Helen Salyer Anderson Award, Outstanding Graduating Senior for Academic Achievement. Her professional affiliations include Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) and Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Acne, Mohs Surgery

Dr. Terry C Lairmore, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Terry Lairmore is a physician who specializes in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal cancer and endocrine surgery. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. Dr. Lairmore's education and training includes medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lairmore honors. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Lairmore include: Valedictorian and Founder's Medal, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Vanderbilt Third Year Surgery Clerkship Award; and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Graves Disease, Pheochromocytoma, Breast Surgery, Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration ... (Read more)

Dr. Timothy P Pfanner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2401 S 31st Street; Department of Gastroenterology
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Timothy Pfanner is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Pfanner is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and a graduate of Tripler Army Medical Center's residency program. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors; Best Doctors Award, 2011-2012; and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2009-2015.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Enteroscopy, Esophagus Problems, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Arpita V Patel, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Arpita Patel is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Patel attended medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Paul A Friedman, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Paul Friedman is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) specialist in Temple, TX and Waco, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Friedman accepts. After attending the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Friedman has received the distinction of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Amputation, Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, Joint Pain, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan R Ramprasad, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2401 S 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Jonathan Ramprasad works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Temple, TX, College Station, TX, and Round Rock, TX. Dr. Ramprasad is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. For his residency, Dr. Ramprasad trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received the following distinction: NASPGHAN Neurogastroenterology and Motility Award.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Biliary Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Harry J Thomas, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Harry Thomas, who practices in Temple, TX, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His education and training includes medical school at Oxford University Medical School and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, Humana HMO, and more. Dr. Thomas is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Crohn's Disease, Colorectal Cancer ... (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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