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

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

Dr. Elyse Rubenstein is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include lupus and arthritis. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Rubenstein honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is a graduate of Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rubenstein's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Arthritis, Lupus

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

Dr. Mihaela Taylor is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. After completing medical school at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, she performed her residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Taylor's areas of expertise include osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and myositis. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Taylor has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Romanian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Taylor is accepting 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)

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 Dr. Martin's clinical interests: myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Martin is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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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 practices adult rheumatology in Sylmar, CA and Los Angeles, CA. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Volkmann's areas of clinical interest consist of raynaud's, scleroderma, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Volkmann speaks Spanish. She is professionally 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 is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Choi's areas of expertise include the following: myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. 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. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, 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)

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

Dr. Lillian Szydlo's specialty is adult rheumatology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Szydlo's areas of expertise include the following: psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and lupus. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Szydlo graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Szydlo completed a residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Szydlo (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Yiddish. Dr. Szydlo 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)

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

Dr. Lindsy Forbess is an adult rheumatologist. She attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Columbia University Medical Center. In her practice, she is particularly interested in lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. Forbess has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Forbess is in-network for Health Net, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally 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 works as a rheumatologist in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Singh is especially interested in myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from King George Medical University. For his professional training, Dr. Singh completed residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a hospital affiliated with King George Medical University. Dr. Singh (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. 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, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis

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

Dr. David Hallegua works as a rheumatologist. Dr. Hallegua's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Hallegua include lupus, crohn's disease, and polymyositis. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Hallegua graduated from Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.

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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 medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Garber include back pain, raynaud's, and fibromyalgia. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. She obtained her medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Garber average 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include 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)

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

Dr. Peter Kim sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Kim has a special interest in osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He studied medicine 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 an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, 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 has indicated that her clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Ranganath's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and a graduate of VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System's residency program. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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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, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Louie has a special interest in rheumatoid arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Louie attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

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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. Dr. Posalski speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Posalski include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and lupus. She is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Before completing her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Posalski attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Jennifer King's specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. King include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. She is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Her education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

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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)

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

Dr. Ernest Brahn is a specialist in adult rheumatology. In Dr. Brahn's practice, Dr. Brahn is particularly interested in myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Dr. Brahn accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Brahn studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Brahn completed Dr. Brahn's residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Brahn has received the following distinctions: Voted Best Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Brahn is professionally 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.
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