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.

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

Dr. David Stein specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult hepatology and practices in San Jose, CA. Dr. Stein's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stein include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Stein completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. 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: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Geoffrey Spencer is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Spencer graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders) and swallowing problems (dysphagia). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Spencer is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Spencer is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Swallowing Problems, ... (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 specialist in pediatric dermatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Ahmad include skin issues. Dr. Ahmad is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Ahmad attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Edward Huang is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Mountain View, CA and San Jose, CA. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Huang graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Cancer, Barrett's Esophagus, ... (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 neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Los Gatos, CA and Mountain View, CA. Dr. Liu has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Liu include neurological disorders. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Liu graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he 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. 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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Koukkari include neurological disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Koukkari studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Koukkari completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Patient ratings for Dr. Koukkari average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Koukkari accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cho include skin issues. Dr. Cho takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Cho's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Jane Maclean is a specialist in pediatric neurology. She works in San Jose, CA. In her practice, Dr. Maclean focuses on neurological disorders. Dr. Maclean is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Stanford University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Maclean (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She 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.
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