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 works as a rheumatologist in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Ortiz has a special interest in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and scleroderma. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Her education and training includes medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Ortiz 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 is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Arkfeld has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Arkfeld include fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. He is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. He accepts 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 residency was performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Connective Tissue Disorders, Osteoarthritis

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

Dr. Shuntaro Shinada, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He speaks Japanese. These areas are among his clinical interests: joint injections, general care, and myositis. Dr. Shinada is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. Before performing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Shinada attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has received the following distinctions: 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.

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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. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ehresmann include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Ehresmann studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Ehresmann trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His 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 is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Christianakis's areas of expertise include the following: fibromyalgia, myositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Christianakis graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then he performed his residency 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. In addition to English, Dr. Christianakis (or staff) speaks 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. Melanie Rita Goldfarb, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Melanie Goldfarb practices surgical oncology (cancer surgery) in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Goldfarb completed her residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Goldfarb include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cushing's syndrome, and hyperparathyroidism. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Goldfarb has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Goldfarb (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. She is professionally 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 Timothy Woodley, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1441 Eastlake Avenue; Usc/norris Cancer Center - Topping 3405
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. David Woodley is a physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). 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). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Woodley include leg ulcers, acne, and psoriasis. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Woodley has received professional recognition including the following: 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, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Amezcua's clinical interests encompass multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Keck Hospital of USC. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, she performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Amezcua has received distinctions including 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. Tommy Ho-Yin Chen, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
50 Bellefontaine Street; #301
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Tommy Chen's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). In addition to English, Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. Dr. Chen's areas of expertise consist of infections, psoriasis, and skin cancer. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and PIH Health. After attending Emory University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chen 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. Leslie P Weiner, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Leslie Weiner sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. Dr. Weiner is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Keck Hospital of USC. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Weiner is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Weiner completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. 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. Regina R Berkovich, MD, PhD
Specializes in Neurology
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Regina Berkovich is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her clinical interests encompass multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Berkovich's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 accepts. Dr. Berkovich studied medicine at Kazan State Medical University. In addition to English, she speaks Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

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

Dr. Donald Longjohn sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. In his practice, he is particularly interested in knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and osteoarthritis. Dr. Longjohn is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. 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's professional affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Margaret Burnett practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Burnett include multiple sclerosis (MS). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include USC Healthcare Center 2, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Keck Hospital of USC. She 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. For her residency, Dr. Burnett trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Dr. Burnett is conversant in German.

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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 practices dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Ochoa is conversant in Spanish. Her clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), acne, and psoriasis. She is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. 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). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ochoa takes. Her distinctions include: 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)

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

Dr. Caroline Hwang is a gastroenterologist in Los Angeles, CA. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. She trained at Columbia University Medical Center for her residency. These areas are among Dr. Hwang's clinical interests: crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Hwang is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Hwang 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)

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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.