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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 specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ortiz include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and scleroderma. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ortiz takes. 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. Her 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

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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 is conversant in Japanese. His clinical interests include joint injections, general care, and myositis. Dr. Shinada is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. Dr. Shinada attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. 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.

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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 practices adult rheumatology. He attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Ehresmann has indicated that his clinical interests include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Ehresmann has received include Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally 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 an adult rheumatology specialist in Los Angeles, CA. His clinical interests include fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Arkfeld is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Arkfeld 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; 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 sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Christianakis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek. Dr. Christianakis is especially interested in fibromyalgia, myositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2. 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. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Christianakis accepts. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Christianakis 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, who practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Dr. Goldfarb (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Goldfarb's areas of expertise include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cushing's syndrome, and hyperparathyroidism. She is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. Before performing her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Goldfarb attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. Patient reviews placed Dr. Goldfarb at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. 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. David Timothy Woodley, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1441 Eastlake Avenue; Usc/norris Cancer Center - Topping 3405
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. David Woodley's medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Areas of expertise for Dr. Woodley include leg ulcers, acne, and psoriasis. He is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. Dr. Woodley honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Woodley's training includes residency programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). He has received the following distinctions: 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. Lilyana Amezcua, MD
Specializes in Psychiatry, Neurology
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Lilyana Amezcua specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Amezcua studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. She trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for her residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Amezcua include multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Amezcua has received professional recognition including the following: Dr. Amezcua was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in . and Southern California Rising Stars. She is conversant in Spanish. 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)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology

Dr. Leslie P Weiner, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Leslie Weiner is a Los Angeles, CA physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In his practice, Dr. Weiner focuses on multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. Dr. Weiner is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Keck Hospital of USC. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Weiner trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. 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, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She speaks Russian. Her clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Berkovich is affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2 and Keck Hospital of USC. She studied medicine at Kazan State Medical University. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and osteoarthritis. Dr. Longjohn honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. 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. He is affiliated with 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 is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to English, she speaks German. She is especially interested in multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Burnett is professionally affiliated with USC Healthcare Center 2, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Keck Hospital of USC. She studied medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Dr. Burnett honors 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. 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Ochoa include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), acne, and psoriasis. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Ochoa attended medical school at Pontifical Bolivarian University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ochoa has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Outstanding Teacher Award, UCLA, Division of Dermatology. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC.

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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 practices dermatology (skin disorders) in Pasadena, CA and Whittier, CA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chen's areas of clinical interest consist of infections, psoriasis, and skin cancer. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After completing medical school at Emory University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. In addition to English, Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. Dr. Chen is affiliated with 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. Caroline Hwang, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1520 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Caroline Hwang practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Hwang is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Hwang completed a residency program at Columbia University Medical Center. Her clinical interests encompass crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Hwang honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally 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.