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 Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. She graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and then she performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ortiz include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and scleroderma. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Ortiz is 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. Daniel G Arkfeld, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Arkfeld specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Los Angeles, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Arkfeld is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Arkfeld is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Arkfeld attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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

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

Dr. Shuntaro Shinada's specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shinada include joint injections, general care, and myositis. He is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. Dr. Shinada accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shinada attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Shinada 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. He is conversant in Japanese.

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

Dr. Glenn Ehresmann is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Ehresmann speaks Spanish. He has a special interest in lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. He is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC. Before performing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Ehresmann attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Ehresmann has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ehresmann accepts. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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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 rheumatologist in Pasadena, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and Monterey Park, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Koolaee include joint injections, myositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. 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. Dr. Koolaee (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. She 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, 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 sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include the following: fibromyalgia, myositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Christianakis studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Christianakis include: Dr. Christianakis was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in . and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Christianakis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek. 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, 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 physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Kafaja (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kafaja include scleroderma. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Kafaja trained at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. She accepts 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' specialty is adult rheumatology. In his practice, Dr. Clements focuses on scleroderma. He 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. Dr. Clements obtained his medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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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 practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a special interest in knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and osteoarthritis. Dr. Longjohn accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). His distinctions include: 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. Dr. Longjohn speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Longjohn has an open panel.

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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's specialty is surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Patient ratings for Dr. Goldfarb average 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Goldfarb include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cushing's syndrome, and hyperparathyroidism. Dr. Goldfarb honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, she completed her residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Goldfarb has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Goldfarb (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Goldfarb is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

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

Dr. David Woodley, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). His areas of expertise include the following: leg ulcers, acne, and psoriasis. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Dr. Woodley completed his residency training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Woodley 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 works as a surgical dermatologist in Los Angeles, CA and Newport Beach, CA. Dr. Ngo has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ngo include birthmark removal, dermabrasion, and melasma. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Ngo's residency was performed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ngo 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. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese. She is professionally 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. Dara Michelle West, MD
Specializes in Neurology, Ophthalmology
1450 San Pablo Street; Hc4 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Dara Bier is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Bier has a special interest in thyroid problems, myasthenia gravis, and eye problems. She accepts the following insurance: Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. She is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and a graduate of New York-Presbyterian Hospital's residency program. Awards and/or distinctions she 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. She is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

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

Dr. Jay Moon Lee, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jay Lee, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in general surgery and thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include thoracic outlet syndrome, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and collapsed lung (pneumothorax). Dr. Lee accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Georgetown University Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center for residency. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Los Angeles Magazine's "Super Doctors" List; and UCLA Health Leadership Academy, Advisory Board. Dr. Lee is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Pectus Excavatum, Tumor, Stenosis, Thoracic Problems, Thymectomy, Hiatal ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Lilyana Amezcua is a Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Amezcua include multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Amezcua accepts. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Dr. Amezcua was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in . and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Amezcua speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with 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

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

Dr. Neena Kapoor is a medical specialist in pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kapoor include blood and marrow transplant. Dr. Kapoor is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She obtained her medical school training at Indira Gandhi Medical College and performed her residency at Rhode Island Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kapoor include: Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. She 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

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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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