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 is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Taylor's clinical interests include osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and myositis. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Taylor honors. After completing medical school at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, she performed her residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Taylor has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. She is conversant in Romanian. Dr. Taylor's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She welcomes new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Elyse Rubenstein's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include lupus and arthritis. Dr. Rubenstein studied medicine at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Rubenstein honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Arthritis, Lupus

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

Dr. William Martin's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Martin include myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Martin's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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

Dr. Elizabeth Volkmann's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Volkmann's areas of expertise include the following: raynaud's, scleroderma, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Volkmann honors. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Volkmann 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. 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. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Choi attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Choi is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Choi is conversant in Korean. She is professionally 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)

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

Dr. Lillian Szydlo's specialty is adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Szydlo include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and lupus. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Szydlo honors. Before completing her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Szydlo attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Szydlo (or staff) speaks Spanish and Yiddish.

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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)

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

Dr. Peter Kim is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. Kim accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kim's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is professionally 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

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

Dr. Lindsy Forbess is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She has a special interest in lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. Forbess has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Health Net, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Forbess honors. She attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Columbia University Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Forbess is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Vasculitis

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

Dr. Ram Singh practices adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include the following: myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Singh honors. He attended medical school at King George Medical University. His medical residency was performed 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. Dr. Singh is affiliated with 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, 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 is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. King's areas of expertise include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She attended medical school at Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Her residency was performed 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)

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

Dr. David Hallegua sees patients in Beverly Hills, CA and Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include lupus, crohn's disease, and polymyositis. Patient reviews placed Dr. Hallegua at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He graduated from Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. He is 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)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
8631 W Third Street; Suite 700e
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Elayne Garber's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Garber's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, raynaud's, and fibromyalgia. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Before completing her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Garber attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Garber is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Pain, Psoriasis, Neck Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Rheumatic Diseases, Ankylosing ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Veena Ranganath's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. In Dr. Ranganath's practice, she is particularly interested in rheumatoid arthritis. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. She is affiliated with 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. Dr. Louie attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Louie include rheumatoid arthritis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

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

Dr. Jana Posalski is an adult rheumatology specialist in West Hollywood, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Posalski include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and lupus. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, she completed her residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. 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 practices adult rheumatology in Los Angeles, CA. These areas are among Dr. Brahn's clinical interests: myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. Brahn is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Brahn is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Brahn attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete Dr. Brahn's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Brahn has received include Voted Best Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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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.
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