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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Ortiz attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. She is especially interested in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and scleroderma. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Ortiz's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Arkfeld at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Arkfeld accepts. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and a graduate of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's residency program. 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. Dr. Arkfeld 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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Shinada graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then he 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. He 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. He speaks Japanese. Dr. Shinada 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, 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's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. After completing medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Dr. Ehresmann performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Ehresmann is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Ehresmann's professional 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 works as a rheumatologist in Los Angeles, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include fibromyalgia, myositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Christianakis obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. He has received the following distinctions: 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. He is 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. Donald B Longjohn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street; #2000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Donald Longjohn, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Longjohn's areas of expertise consist of knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and osteoarthritis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Longjohn's education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Longjohn's office for an appointment.

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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 specialist in surgical oncology (cancer surgery). The average patient rating for Dr. Goldfarb is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cushing's syndrome, and hyperparathyroidism. Dr. Goldfarb is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. Dr. Goldfarb is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for residency. Dr. Goldfarb has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Goldfarb (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish.

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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's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Woodley has indicated that his clinical interests include leg ulcers, acne, and psoriasis. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before completing his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Woodley attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Woodley has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He is conversant in 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's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among her clinical interests: multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. Dr. Amezcua is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Keck Hospital of USC. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Amezcua attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Her distinctions include: Dr. Amezcua was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in . and Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, 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 is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Weiner has a special interest in multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. He is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Keck Hospital of USC. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weiner accepts. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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 Berkovich, MD, PhD
Specializes in Neurology
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Regina Berkovich specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Berkovich graduated from Kazan State Medical University. Clinical interests for Dr. Berkovich include multiple sclerosis (MS). She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She speaks Russian. Her professional 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. Maria Teresa Ochoa, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 1000a
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Maria Ochoa is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Ochoa include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), acne, and psoriasis. She is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. Dr. Ochoa honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ochoa studied medicine at Pontifical Bolivarian University Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Ochoa trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Outstanding Teacher Award, UCLA, Division of Dermatology. Dr. Ochoa is conversant in Spanish.

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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 is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. These areas are among his clinical interests: infections, psoriasis, and skin cancer. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and PIH Health. Before completing his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Dr. Chen attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Burnett include multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Burnett accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Burnett trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency. In addition to English, she speaks German. She is 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), 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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Los Angeles, CA. She speaks Spanish. Her clinical interests encompass crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Hwang is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Columbia University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Hwang accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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