We found 97 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Anthem Blue Cross PPO near Beverly Hills, CA.

Dr. Mihaela Botea Taylor, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Mihaela Taylor practices adult rheumatology in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Taylor include osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and myositis. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Taylor takes. Her practice is open to new patients. She attended Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy and then went on to complete her residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. She is conversant in Romanian.

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

All Interests: Myositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ultrasound, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1328 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Elyse Rubenstein is an adult rheumatology specialist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include lupus and arthritis. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rubenstein is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Rubenstein attended medical school at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Rubenstein's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Elizabeth Rita Volkmann, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B365
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Volkmann is an adult rheumatologist. These areas are among Dr. Volkmann's clinical interests: raynaud's, scleroderma, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She obtained her medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Scleroderma, Pulmonary Hypertension, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Raynaud's, Connective Tissue ... (Read more)

Dr. William Joshua Martin, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2020 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 540
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. William Martin's specialty is adult rheumatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Martin takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Soo In Choi, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
757 Westwood Plaza; Room B711
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Soo Choi's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Choi obtained her medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. She speaks Korean. Dr. Choi is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
250 N. Robertson Boulevard; Suite 603
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Lillian Szydlo is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Beverly Hills, CA. She is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Szydlo include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and lupus. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Szydlo has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Szydlo (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Yiddish. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Rheumatic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 420
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Peter Kim's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. His education and training includes medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has indicated that his clinical interests include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. Kim honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis

Dr. Ram Raj Singh, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ram Singh's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Singh is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended King George Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University. In addition to English, Dr. Singh (or staff) speaks Hindi and Punjabi.

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

All Interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis

Dr. Jennifer Kuen-Ling King, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B365
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer King specializes in adult rheumatology. These areas are among Dr. King's clinical interests: psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. King is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Amyloidosis, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
8737 Beverly Boulevard; Suite 203
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. David Hallegua is a rheumatologist in Beverly Hills, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Hallegua's areas of expertise include lupus, crohn's disease, and polymyositis. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. Dr. Hallegua is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn's Disease, Gout, Lupus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Suzanne Kafaja, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Ucla Medical Plaza; Suite B365
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Suzanne Kafaja specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Los Angeles, CA. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Kafaja completed her residency training at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Kafaja include scleroderma. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Kafaja (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. Dr. Kafaja's hospital/clinic affiliations include Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
8631 W 3rd Street; Suite 700 East
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Lindsy Forbess works as a rheumatologist in Los Angeles, CA. She speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Forbess include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Forbess trained at Columbia University Medical Center for residency. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Vasculitis

Dr. Veena Kittane Ranganath, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Veena Ranganath works as an adult rheumatologist. She is especially interested in rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Ranganath accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Dr. Ranganath's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. James Sam Louie, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Medical Plaza; #365, 530, 420, 120
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. James Louie is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Louie include rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Louie is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He obtained his medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
250 N. Robertson Boulevard; Suite 603
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Jana Posalski practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Posalski attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Posalski include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and lupus. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Posalski speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Pain, Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ernest Brahn, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Ucla Medical Plaza
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ernest Brahn's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Brahn studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Brahn's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Brahn's areas of expertise include myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. Brahn accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Brahn's distinctions include: Voted Best Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Brahn is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Myositis, Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis

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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.