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We found 7 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Health Net PPO near North Hollywood, CA.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
191 S. Buena Vista Street; Suite 440
Burbank, CA
 

Dr. Ramesh Kesavalu's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. In addition to English, Dr. Kesavalu (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. His clinical interests include osteoporosis, lupus, and arthritis. Dr. Kesavalu is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Ball Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kesavalu attended medical school at Coimbatore Medical College and PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. Dr. Kesavalu is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Dr. Kesavalu welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Michael Morad Marvi, MS, MD
Specializes in Neurology
501 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA
 

Dr. Michael Marvi is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Burbank, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Marvi include sleep disorders, migraine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Marvi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. His professional affiliations include Providence Medical Institute and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Marvi is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Sleep Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Migraine, Dementia, Movement ... (Read more)

Dr. Fawaz Faisal, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2625 West Alameda Avenue; Suite 322
Burbank, CA
 

Dr. Fawaz Faisal specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: sleep disorders, parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Faisal takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Faisal trained at Stanford University Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Faisal (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Pacific Alliance Medical Center (PAMC), and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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Dr. Margarita Oveian, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2701 W Alameda Avenue; Suite 500
Burbank, CA
 

Dr. Margarita Oveian's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Oveian (or staff) speaks Armenian and Russian. Her clinical interests include back pain, sleep disorders, and migraine. Dr. Oveian's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Adventist Health System. She obtained her medical school training at Yerevan State Medical University and performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Oveian takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Dr. Oveian is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Depression, Headache, Sleep Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraine, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
12660 Riverside Drive; Suite 200
North Hollywood, CA
 

Dr. Wonil Lee works as a rheumatologist in North Hollywood, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include back pain, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Lee has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Lee (or staff) is conversant in Korean and Spanish. Dr. Lee is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Back Pain

Dr. Sean Joseph Wollaston, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
12660 Riverside Drive; Suite 200
North Hollywood, CA
 

Dr. Sean Wollaston, who practices in North Hollywood, CA, is a medical specialist in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Wollaston include osteoporosis, lupus, and arthritis. He is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. His practice is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Wollaston attended New York Medical College for medical school. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Mary Farid, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2701 W Alameda Avenue; Suite 201
Burbank, CA
 

Dr. Mary Farid's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Farid include bleeding, barrett's esophagus, and ulcers. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Farid is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Dr. Farid trained at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, VA Wadsworth Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. She is conversant in Arabic. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Foreign Body Removal, Bleeding, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Polypectomy, ... (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.