We found 30 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Anthem EPO near Los Angeles, CA.

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

Dr. Daniel Arkfeld's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. These areas are among Dr. Arkfeld's clinical interests: fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. He is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Arkfeld's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Arkfeld 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.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Elizabeth Ortiz is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Ortiz include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and scleroderma. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Weill Cornell Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Ortiz speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC.

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

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

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

Dr. Glenn Ehresmann works as a rheumatologist in Los Angeles, CA. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Ehresmann's clinical interests include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Ehresmann's medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ehresmann 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)

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

Dr. Shuntaro Shinada's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include joint injections, general care, and myositis. Dr. Shinada honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. Dr. Shinada has received professional recognition including the following: 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena.

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

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

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

Dr. Roodabeh Koolaee is an adult rheumatology specialist in Pasadena, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and Monterey Park, CA. Her areas of expertise include joint injections, myositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Koolaee honors Blue Shield, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Koolaee include: Fellow of the Year Award, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA and Amgen/Pfizer Rheumatology Fellowship Training Award, 2011, 2012. In addition to English, Dr. Koolaee (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Her professional affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2 and HealthCare Partners, LLC.

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

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

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

Dr. Stratos Christianakis specializes in adult rheumatology. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. In his practice, he is particularly interested in fibromyalgia, myositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Christianakis takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Dr. Christianakis was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in . and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Christianakis (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Greek. Dr. Christianakis is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena.

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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 is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Kafaja (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. Dr. Kafaja's clinical interests include scleroderma. She is professionally affiliated with Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Kafaja is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and a graduate of Olive View-UCLA Medical Center's residency program. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Clements include scleroderma. Dr. Clements is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Clements studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Clements trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Clements has received the following distinctions: 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. Donald B Longjohn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street; #2000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Donald Longjohn is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Areas of expertise for Dr. Longjohn include knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and osteoarthritis. Dr. Longjohn takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Dr. Longjohn was voted a Super Doctor by Los Angeles Magazine in .; Southern California Super Doctors; and Outstanding Teacher in Year I, Presented by the USC Keck School of Medicine Class of 2008. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Longjohn's hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Hip Problems, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Replacement ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Melanie Goldfarb is a cancer surgeon. Dr. Goldfarb (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. These areas are among her clinical interests: adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cushing's syndrome, and hyperparathyroidism. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Medical Institute and Providence Saint John's Health Center. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then she performed her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Goldfarb accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Goldfarb welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

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

Dr. Binh Ngo practices surgical dermatology. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese. Dr. Ngo's areas of expertise include the following: birthmark removal, dermabrasion, and melasma. Her professional affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 4 and Keck Hospital of USC. After completing medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Dr. Ngo performed her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her distinctions include: 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. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Dermabrasion, Cryosurgery, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Brow Lift, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Leslie Weiner is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Los Angeles, CA. He is especially interested in multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. Dr. Weiner's professional affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Keck Hospital of USC. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and "Who's Who in America" award.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology

Dr. Regina R Salikhova, MD, PhD
Specializes in Neurology
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Regina Berkovich practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Los Angeles, CA. In Dr. Berkovich's practice, she is particularly interested in multiple sclerosis (MS). She is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Kazan State Medical University. Dr. Berkovich is conversant in Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Maria Teresa Ochoa, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 1000a
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Maria Ochoa is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). After attending Pontifical Bolivarian University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her areas of clinical interest consist of sexually transmitted diseases (STds), acne, and psoriasis. Dr. Ochoa is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Outstanding Teacher Award, UCLA, Division of Dermatology. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Ochoa's hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 4 and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Skin Cancer, Acne, Skin Issues, HIV/AIDS, Tropical Skin Diseases, Sexually ... (Read more)

Dr. Tommy Ho-Yin Chen, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
50 Bellefontaine Street; #301
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Tommy Chen's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in infections, psoriasis, and skin cancer. Dr. Chen is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and PIH Health. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Chen's training includes a residency program at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Infections

Dr. Margaret Ellen Burnett, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Margaret Burnett is a neurologist in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Burnett speaks German. Clinical interests for Dr. Burnett include multiple sclerosis (MS). She is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Keck Hospital of USC. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Dr. Burnett honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Autoimmune Disorders

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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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