We found 28 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Anthem EPO near Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Elizabeth C Ortiz, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Ortiz is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ortiz include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and scleroderma. She is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She speaks Spanish.

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

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Daniel G Arkfeld, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Arkfeld, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Arkfeld's areas of expertise include the following: fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Arkfeld is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, 1980 - 1982; and Loyola Marymount University Scholastic Honors Program, 1980 - 1982. He is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Connective Tissue Disorders, Osteoarthritis

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Shuntaro Shinada is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Los Angeles, CA. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shinada include joint injections, general care, and myositis. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shinada's distinctions include: Dean's List, University of California at Berkeley, 1990 - 1992; Departmental Honors, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley; and Dean's Scholar, Keck School of Medicine, 1994 - 1995. In addition to English, he speaks Japanese. He is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2.

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

All Interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Soft Tissue Problems, Soft Tissue Injections, Pain ... (Read more)

Dr. Glenn R Ehresmann, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Glenn Ehresmann's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. His areas of clinical interest consist of lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Patient ratings for Dr. Ehresmann average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before performing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Ehresmann attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Rheumatic Diseases, Lupus, Autoimmune Disorders, Osteoarthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Roodabeh Michelle Koolaee, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Roodabeh Koolaee is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Before performing her residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Koolaee attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Clinical interests for Dr. Koolaee include joint injections, myositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Koolaee accepts Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Fellow of the Year Award, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA and Amgen/Pfizer Rheumatology Fellowship Training Award, 2011, 2012. Dr. Koolaee (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Dr. Koolaee is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2.

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

All Interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Soft Tissue Problems, Soft Tissue Injections, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stratos Christianakis, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Stratos Christianakis' specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Christianakis (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. Dr. Christianakis's areas of expertise include the following: fibromyalgia, myositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. Dr. Christianakis attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His distinctions include: Dr. Christianakis was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in . and Southern California Rising Stars.

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

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

Dr. Suzanne Kafaja, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1000 Veteran Ave. Ucla Division of Rheumatology; 32-59
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Suzanne Kafaja practices adult rheumatology. In addition to English, Dr. Kafaja (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. Dr. Kafaja's clinical interests encompass scleroderma. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Kafaja accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma

Dr. Philip J Clements, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Ucla Medical Plaza, Peter Morton Medical Building; Suite 365-b
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Philip Clements is a rheumatologist. He is especially interested in scleroderma. He is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Clements attended Indiana University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Clements is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma

Dr. Melanie Rita Goldfarb, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Melanie Goldfarb specializes in surgical oncology (cancer surgery) and practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Goldfarb include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cushing's syndrome, and hyperparathyroidism. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Goldfarb (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. She is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Graves Disease, Thyroid Surgery, Pheochromocytoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Timothy Woodley, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1441 Eastlake Avenue; Usc/norris Cancer Center - Topping 3405
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. David Woodley is a dermatologist. His areas of expertise consist of leg ulcers, acne, and psoriasis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Woodley accepts. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Woodley completed residency programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Woodley speaks French. He is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Skin Cancer, Acne, Leg Ulcers

Dr. Binh To Ngo, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Binh Ngo practices surgical dermatology. Dr. Ngo studied medicine at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include birthmark removal, dermabrasion, and melasma. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ngo honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinctions: Southern California Rising Stars; AAD Diversity Mentorship Program Medical Student Mentorship Program; and Guide to America's Top Dermatologists (www.consumersresearchcncl.org) 2008, 2009, 2010. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese. She is affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Ngo is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Cancer Screening, Dermabrasion, Moles, Psoriasis, Cryosurgery, Eczema, Botox Injection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jay Moon Lee, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
10833 Leconte Avenue, Rm 64-128 Chs; Po Box 957313
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jay Lee, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in general surgery and thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include thoracic outlet syndrome, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and collapsed lung (pneumothorax). Dr. Lee is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Lee completed his residency training at Georgetown University Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Lee's distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Los Angeles Magazine's "Super Doctors" List; and UCLA Health Leadership Academy, Advisory Board.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Stenosis, Thoracic Problems, Thoracic Cancer, Sarcoma, Esophagus Problems, Myasthenia Gravis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dara Michelle West, MD
Specializes in Neurology, Ophthalmology
1450 San Pablo Street; Hc4 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Dara Bier is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and ophthalmology (eye disease). She works in Los Angeles, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Bier include thyroid problems, myasthenia gravis, and eye problems. Dr. Bier is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. She attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She accepts the following insurance: Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Bier has received include American Academy of Neurology Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology; College Honor's Program, University of California, Los Angeles, 2001-2005; and Alumni Scholarship granted through UCLA Alumni Association, 2001-2005.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Myasthenia Gravis, Diplopia, Eye Problems

Dr. Lilyana Amezcua, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Lilyana Amezcua is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Amezcua average 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. Dr. Amezcua's hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Amezcua accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. She has received distinctions including Dr. Amezcua was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in . and Southern California Rising Stars. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology

Dr. Neena Kapoor, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
4650 Sunset Boulevard; Ms 62
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Neena Kapoor is a Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. Before performing her residency at Rhode Island Hospital, Dr. Kapoor attended Indira Gandhi Medical College for medical school. She has a special interest in blood and marrow transplant. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Her distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Kapoor is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Blood and Marrow Transplant, Transplant Procedures, Autoimmune Disorders, Infections

Dr. Leslie P Weiner, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Leslie Weiner specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Weiner has a special interest in multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Weiner has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and "Who's Who in America" award. His hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Keck Hospital of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology

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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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