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We found 9 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Spencer is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. He is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. Dr. Spencer speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Spencer welcomes new patients.

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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's specialties are adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Stein's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Stein welcomes new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Stein attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Sedation, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fecal ... (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 his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Huang takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Huang's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric dermatology. Her areas of expertise include skin issues. Dr. Ahmad is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She trained at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital for residency. Dr. Ahmad is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Mark Koukkari is a physician who specializes in pediatric neurology. Dr. Koukkari attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Koukkari trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His clinical interests include neurological disorders. Dr. Koukkari's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Chien-Ye Liu's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Liu has a special interest in neurological disorders. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Liu is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center.

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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. Mary M. Morrill Chuba, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology
15720 Winchester Boulevard; Suite 202
Los Gatos, CA
 

Dr. Mary Chuba, who practices in Soquel, CA and Los Gatos, CA, is a medical specialist in dermatological immunology. Dr. Chuba's areas of expertise include skin issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for residency. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Chuba honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Chemical Peels, Rosacea, Laser Treatment, Skin Issues, Hair ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Bryan Cho is a physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). He has indicated that his clinical interests include skin issues. Dr. Cho is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. Dr. Cho welcomes 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's area of specialization is pediatric neurology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Maclean include neurological disorders. She honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. She graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Maclean completed a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Maclean (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Dr. Maclean is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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.