We found 15 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Health Net HSP 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

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

Dr. Regina Berkovich is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Los Angeles, CA. Her clinical interests encompass multiple sclerosis (MS). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Berkovich is a graduate of Kazan State Medical University. Dr. Berkovich is conversant in Russian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

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

Dr. Tommy Chen is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. In his practice, Dr. Chen focuses on infections, psoriasis, and skin cancer. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and PIH Health. Dr. Chen graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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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 works as a neurologist in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Burnett speaks German. In her practice, Dr. Burnett focuses on multiple sclerosis (MS). She is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Burnett's education and training includes medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Autoimmune Disorders

Dr. Caroline Hwang, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Caroline Hwang's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. In Dr. Hwang's practice, she is particularly interested in crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Columbia University Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Hwang speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald B Longjohn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street; #2000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Donald Longjohn works as an orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and osteoarthritis. He is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Longjohn is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Longjohn 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.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Maria Ochoa works as a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, CA and Los Angeles, CA. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her areas of clinical interest consist of sexually transmitted diseases (STds), acne, and psoriasis. Dr. Ochoa is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. Dr. Ochoa graduated from Pontifical Bolivarian University Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Outstanding Teacher Award, UCLA, Division of Dermatology.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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