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We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders near Kentfield, CA.

Dr. Max Barnett Duncan Jr., DO
Specializes in Neurology
1350 South Eliseo Drive; Suite 220
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Max Duncan works as a neurologist. Dr. Duncan attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Letterman Army Medical Center for residency. His clinical interests encompass neurological disorders. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Duncan has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, and Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Electromyography, Botox Injection, Dizziness, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Traumatic ... (Read more)

Dr. Ilkcan Md Cokgor, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1350 S Eliseo Drive; #220
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Ilkcan Cokgor is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She works in Greenbrae, CA and San Anselmo, CA. Dr. Cokgor (or staff) speaks Turkish. In addition, she offers interpreting services for Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Cokgor's clinical interests include neurological disorders. Her professional affiliations include Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. Dr. Cokgor is a graduate of Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Duke University Medical Center. She has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Cokgor honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage. She has received the distinction of [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Neck Pain, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Neurorehabilitation, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Renee Marie Howard, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
5000 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA
 

Dr. Renee Howard sees patients in San Rafael, CA, Oakland, CA, and San Francisco, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric dermatology. She is especially interested in skin issues. Dr. Howard is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received the following distinctions: San Francisco Super Doctors and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. Dr. Howard's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Marin General Hospital. Dr. Howard is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Moles, Psoriasis, Vitiligo, Cysts, Atopic Dermatitis, Port-Wine Stains, Hemangiomas, Fungal ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey H Binstock, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
535 Miller Avenue
Mill Valley, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Binstock practices plastic surgery and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Binstock's residency was performed at Albany Medical Center. He has a special interest in skin issues and mohs surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Binstock has received the following distinctions: Melanoma Research Foundation, Champions For a Cure Award; American College of Mohs Surgery & Cutaneous Oncology, Sutnick Award; and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Scholarship. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Marin General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Binstock's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Herpes, Chemical Peels, Nail Surgery, Hair Problems, Rosacea, Spider ... (Read more)

Dr. Timothy M Sowerby, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1350 S. Eliseo Drive; Suite 130
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Timothy Sowerby is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Sowerby average 3.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage. Dr. Sowerby has an open panel. He is a graduate of Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and the University of London. He trained at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center for residency. He has received the distinction of [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Paracentesis, Colitis, Esophageal Manometry, Interventional Endoscopy, Hydrogen Breath Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ripple Sharma, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
1350 So. Eliseo Drive; Suite 130
Greenbrae, CA
 

Dr. Ripple Sharma practices gastroenterology (digestive system) in Greenbrae, CA. In Dr. Sharma's practice, she is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sharma takes. She attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Sharma trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for her residency. She has received the distinction of Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Marin General Hospital and Novato Community Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Heartburn, Hemochromatosis, Colitis, Sedation, Hydrogen ... (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.