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We found 8 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Health Net ELECT Open Access POS for Large and Small Groups near Los Gatos, CA.

Dr. Geoffrey Scott Spencer, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2440 Samaritan Drive; Suite #1
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Geoffrey Spencer practices adult gastroenterology in San Jose, CA. Dr. Spencer has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of clinical interest consist of gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and swallowing problems (dysphagia). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Spencer takes. Dr. Spencer welcomes new patients. He attended Eastern Virginia Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Swallowing ... (Read more)

Dr. David Emil Torres Stein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Hepatology
2440 Samaritan Drive; #1
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. David Stein is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. He works in San Jose, CA. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Stein is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Stein is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Stein welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Sedation, Interventional Endoscopy, Hydrogen Breath Test, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Shengwen Huang, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2581 Samaritan Drive; Suite 200
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Edward Huang practices adult gastroenterology in Mountain View, CA and San Jose, CA. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Huang is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Huang is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Regina-Celeste Shahnaz Ahmad, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
15720 Winchester Boulevard; Suite 202
Los Gatos, CA
 

Dr. Regina-Celeste Ahmad sees patients in Mountain View, CA and Los Gatos, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric dermatology. In her practice, Dr. Ahmad focuses on skin issues. Dr. Ahmad accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Ahmad is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Contact Dermatitis, Herpes, Rosacea, Laser Treatment, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chien-Ye Liu, MD
Specializes in Neurology
15720 Winchester Boulevard; 2nd Floor, Suite 202
Los Gatos, CA
 

Dr. Chien-Ye Liu is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In his practice, Dr. Liu focuses on neurological disorders. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Liu accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Liu is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Dizziness, Neck Pain, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Stroke, Epilepsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark W Koukkari, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Other
2577 Samaritan Drive; Suite 725
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Mark Koukkari's area of specialization is pediatric neurology. He studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Clinical interests for Dr. Koukkari include neurological disorders. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Koukkari is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Sports Health, Infantile Spasm, Facial Problems, Migraine, Movement ... (Read more)

Dr. Bryan K Cho, PhD, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
15720 Winchester Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Los Gatos, CA
 

Dr. Bryan Cho's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cho include skin issues. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Cho is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Chemical Peels, Skin Infection, Allergy Skin Testing, Rosacea, Spider Veins, Mole ... (Read more)

Dr. Jane Maclean, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
2577 Samaritan Drive; Suite 725
San Jose, CA
 

Dr. Jane Maclean is a physician who specializes in pediatric neurology. She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Maclean include neurological disorders. Dr. Maclean is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Maclean (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Maclean has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Sports Health, Infantile Spasm, Neuromuscular Disorders, Facial Problems, ... (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.