We found 16 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Health Net HSP 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 is an adult rheumatologist. Dr. Arkfeld's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. In his practice, he is particularly interested in fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. 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 the following distinctions: 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

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

Dr. Elizabeth Ortiz sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. These areas are among Dr. Ortiz's clinical interests: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and scleroderma. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. She trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Ortiz's professional 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. 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. Dr. Ehresmann's areas of expertise consist of lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Ehresmann is conversant in 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 is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shinada include joint injections, general care, and myositis. Dr. Shinada is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of 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. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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 is conversant in Japanese. His professional 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. Stratos Christianakis, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Stratos Christianakis, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Christianakis has a special interest in fibromyalgia, myositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Huntington Memorial Hospital. 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) is conversant in Spanish and Greek.

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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 is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Longjohn attended the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Longjohn's areas of expertise include knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and osteoarthritis. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received distinctions including 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. His professional affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Longjohn is accepting 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 works as a surgical oncologist in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Her areas of expertise include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cushing's syndrome, and hyperparathyroidism. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Goldfarb is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Goldfarb graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She completed her residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Goldfarb (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute and Providence Saint John's Health Center. She 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. Leslie P Weiner, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Leslie Weiner is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. His areas of clinical interest consist of multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weiner takes. After attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Weiner completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Weiner has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and "Who's Who in America" award. He 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)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology

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

Dr. Regina Berkovich is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She works in Los Angeles, CA. Her clinical interests encompass multiple sclerosis (MS). She is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Berkovich takes. She studied medicine at Kazan State Medical University. Dr. Berkovich speaks 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). In Dr. Ochoa's practice, she is particularly interested in sexually transmitted diseases (STds), acne, and psoriasis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 4 and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Ochoa attended Pontifical Bolivarian University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Outstanding Teacher Award, UCLA, Division of Dermatology. In addition to English, Dr. Ochoa speaks 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's medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chen include infections, psoriasis, and skin cancer. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chen (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and PIH Health.

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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 sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. Her medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her clinical interests encompass multiple sclerosis (MS). She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Burnett graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Burnett's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. In addition to English, she speaks German. Her professional 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), autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Autoimmune Disorders

Dr. Jeffrey C Wang, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Wang is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wang include scoliosis, microsurgery, and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Wang's hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 4 and Keck Hospital of USC. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Wang is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wang include: Dr. Wang was named in Becker's Spine Review 's "Spine Surgeons to Know,"; Best Orthopaedic Surgeons by The Hollywood Reporter; and Best North American Spine Surgeons by Orthopedics This Week. In addition to English, Dr. Wang speaks Chinese.

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Relevant Interests: , ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Tumor, Microsurgery, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Scoliosis, Bone Problems, Lower Back Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Lilyana Amezcua works as a neurologist in Los Angeles, CA. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Amezcua include multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. Dr. Amezcua is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Amezcua is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Amezcua completed a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: 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. David T Woodley, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1441 Eastlake Avenue; Usc/norris Cancer Center - Topping 3405
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. David Woodley works as a dermatologist in Los Angeles, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: leg ulcers, acne, and psoriasis. He is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 4 and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Dr. Woodley honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and residency 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. He speaks French.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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. Her clinical interests encompass crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. Her professional affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC. Dr. Hwang is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Hwang attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. She has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. She speaks Spanish.

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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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