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We found 12 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 is a specialist in adult rheumatology. 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Kesavalu include osteoporosis, lupus, and arthritis. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kesavalu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Hindi. He is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Ting-Shung Ting-Shung Lin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
15477 Ventura Boulevard; Suite 100
Sherman Oaks, CA
 

Dr. Ting-Shung Lin is a specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He works in Sherman Oaks, CA. Dr. Lin's clinical interests include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Lin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Taiwanese.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Michael Marvi's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include sleep disorders, migraine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Marvi graduated from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Marvi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Medical Institute and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Marvi's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Dr. Fawaz Faisal works as a neurologist. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include sleep disorders, parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Faisal's professional affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Pacific Alliance Medical Center (PAMC), and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Faisal takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Faisal (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Depression, Sleep Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Movement Disorders, Stroke, ... (Read more)

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 obtained her medical school training at Yerevan State Medical University and performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Oveian include back pain, sleep disorders, and migraine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Oveian (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Armenian and Russian. Dr. Oveian's hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Adventist Health System. Dr. Oveian's practice 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 is a specialist in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). In addition to English, Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks Korean and Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lee include back pain, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia. Dr. Lee is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Lee accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

Dr. Elena F Kandel, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
12660 Riverside Drive; Suite 225
N Hollywood, CA
 

Dr. Elena Kandel's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Patients gave Dr. Kandel an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She is especially interested in psoriasis, cosmetic skin treatment, and laser treatment. She is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Kandel is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She welcomes new patients. She is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Kandel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment

Dr. Payam Saadat, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
191 S. Buena Vista Street; Suite 475
Burbank, CA
 

Dr. Payam Saadat is a physician who specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Saadat is rated highly by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: anti-aging, academic dermatology, and psoriasis. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has an open panel. After completing medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Saadat performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). He has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Saadat (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Varicose Veins, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Anti-Aging, Academic Dermatology, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephanie Pui-Lai Chandler, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
1515 N Vermont Avenue; Floor 5
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Stephanie Chan is a pediatric dermatologist in Torrance, CA, West Hollywood, CA, and Los Angeles, CA. She studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Chan include contact dermatitis, psoriasis, and birthmark. Dr. Chan takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She is professionally affiliated with Providence Medical Institute. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Sean Wollaston specializes in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Wollaston's areas of expertise include the following: osteoporosis, lupus, and arthritis. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Wollaston is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Wollaston has an open panel.

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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, who practices in Santa Monica, CA and Burbank, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Farid attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Her medical residency was performed at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, VA Wadsworth Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her clinical interests include bleeding, barrett's esophagus, and ulcers. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Farid accepts. Dr. Farid is conversant in Arabic. She is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Allan Stanley Wirtzer, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
4836 Van Nuys Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA
 

Dr. Allan Wirtzer's medical specialty is pediatric dermatology, dermatological immunology, and dermatopathology. Dr. Wirtzer has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: nail issues, psoriasis, and nail surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, he performed his residency at VA Wadsworth Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Wirtzer is affiliated with Valley Hospital (Spokane, WA).

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin ... (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.