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We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Platinum 500/HMO Premier near Phoenix, AZ.

Dr. Payam Abrishami, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
230 S 3rd Street; Suite B4
Phoenix, AZ
 

Dr. Payam Abrishami is a specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology. Dr. Abrishami graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Clinical interests for Dr. Abrishami include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Abrishami average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net HMO. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Abrishami (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Dr. Abrishami is affiliated with Banner Health.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Vascular Surgery
3033 N Central Ave St 610
Phoenix, AZ
 

Dr. Brett Siegrist practices vascular surgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Siegrist is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Secure Horizons, and TRICARE. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans' residency program. Dr. Siegrist is professionally affiliated with Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix, Banner Desert Medical Center, and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Celiac Disease, Varicose Veins, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Abdominal Problems, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
740 E Highland Avenue; Suite 101
Phoenix, AZ
 

Dr. Henry Roenigk is a surgical dermatology specialist. Dr. Roenigk attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Cleveland Clinic. His areas of expertise include nail issues, hair problems, and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Roenigk is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Banner Health.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Margaret A Kessler, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
1331 N. 7th Street; Suite 250
Phoenix, AZ
 

Dr. Margaret Kessler is a pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology specialist in Phoenix, AZ. These areas are among her clinical interests: academic dermatology, nail issues, and phototherapy (light therapy). Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Kessler accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kessler studied medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She trained at UH Case Medical Center for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix, Dermatology Specialists, and Banner Health.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Nail Issues, Academic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
230 S 3rd Street; Suite B4
Phoenix, AZ
 

Dr. Ali Rkein's specialty is surgical dermatology. In Dr. Rkein's practice, he is particularly interested in contact dermatitis, psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before completing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Rkein attended medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Banner Health.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Skin of Color, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer

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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.