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We found 18 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 specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ortiz include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and scleroderma. Her professional affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Ortiz takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Ortiz attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. In addition to English, 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

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

Dr. Shuntaro Shinada is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Shinada include joint injections, general care, and myositis. Dr. Shinada accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Shinada completed a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. His 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. Dr. Shinada speaks Japanese. Dr. Shinada 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, 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 specialty is adult rheumatology. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. In Dr. Ehresmann's practice, he is particularly interested in lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Ehresmann speaks Spanish. Dr. Ehresmann is affiliated with 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. Daniel G Arkfeld, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Arkfeld is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Arkfeld is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise consist of fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. He is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. Dr. Arkfeld takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Arkfeld trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Arkfeld 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

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

Dr. Stratos Christianakis practices adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Christianakis include fibromyalgia, myositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Christianakis is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Dr. Christianakis attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Christianakis has received 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 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. Melanie Rita Goldfarb, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Melanie Goldfarb is a cancer surgeon. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Goldfarb include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cushing's syndrome, and hyperparathyroidism. Dr. Goldfarb takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Goldfarb's training includes a residency program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Goldfarb (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. She is affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. 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. David Timothy Woodley, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. David Woodley's medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). His areas of clinical interest consist of leg ulcers, acne, and psoriasis. Dr. Woodley is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of 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). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Woodley include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks French. He is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Stefani R Takahashi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
1441 Eastlake Avenue, Ezralow Tower; Suite 5301
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Stefani Takahashi specializes in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Her clinical interests include academic dermatology, nail issues, and contact dermatitis. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Takahashi is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Takahashi attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Takahashi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Japanese. Dr. Takahashi's professional affiliations include Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Keck Hospital of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Lilyana Amezcua's specialties are psychiatry and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She practices in Los Angeles, CA. Her areas of expertise include the following: multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Amezcua accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Amezcua attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Amezcua include: Dr. Amezcua was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in . and Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her 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. Douglas Alan Blose, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
3100 E Florence Avenue; Suite 6
Huntington Pk, CA
 

Dr. Douglas Blose is a specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatological immunology, and dermatopathology. Dr. Blose is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Blose include psoriasis, cosmetic skin treatment, and skin of color. He is affiliated with St. Francis Hospital and PIH Health. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Blose attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Skin of Color

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

Dr. Tommy Chen works as a pediatric dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and surgical dermatologist in Pasadena, CA and Whittier, CA. Before performing his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Dr. Chen attended Emory University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Chen include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Chen average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chen takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Chen (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin and Cantonese. He also offers interpreting services for Spanish-speaking patients. His professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and PIH Health.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

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). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Weiner include multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. He is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Weiner is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Weiner graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. He has received the following distinctions: 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. Donald B Longjohn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street; #2000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Donald Longjohn specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Longjohn include knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and osteoarthritis. He is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Longjohn takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. 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. Regina R Berkovich, 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. She is conversant in Russian. Clinical interests for Dr. Berkovich include multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Berkovich's hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC. She graduated from Kazan State Medical University. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Berkovich honors.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

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

Dr. Margaret Burnett is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Los Angeles, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Burnett include multiple sclerosis (MS). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Burnett is conversant in 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. 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. Dr. Ochoa's areas of clinical interest consist of sexually transmitted diseases (STds), acne, and psoriasis. She is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Pontifical Bolivarian University Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received professional recognition including the following: 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)

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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.