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We found 23 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna near Orinda, CA.

Dr. Brian R Kaye, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
12 Camino Encinas
Orinda, CA
 

Dr. Brian Kaye's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. His clinical interests encompass vasculitis, sjogren's syndrome, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Kaye's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). He obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Dr. Kaye has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Molly Detgen Magnano, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2999 Regent Street; Suite 301
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Molly Magnano is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Magnano is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford Hospital & Clinics' residency program. Her clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Magnano honors. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan Barney Ellman, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
12 Camino Encinas
Orinda, CA
 

Dr. Jonathan Ellman, who practices in Berkeley, CA and Orinda, CA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ellman include rheumatic diseases. Patient ratings for Dr. Ellman average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ellman is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. His education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Ellman's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Osteoporosis, Scleroderma, Rheumatic Diseases, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joanna Anat Cooper, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2850 Telegraph Avenue; Suite 110
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Joanna Cooper's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Cooper's practice, she is particularly interested in sleep disorders, transient ischemic attack (TIA), and neurological disorders. She accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Cooper has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Cooper (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Polish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Neck Pain, Migraine, Sleep Apnea, Evoked ... (Read more)

Dr. Renee Marie Howard, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
744 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Renee Howard is a specialist in pediatric dermatology. Dr. Howard's clinical interests include skin issues. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Howard attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Howard include: San Francisco Super Doctors and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Marin General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Moles, Psoriasis, Vitiligo, Cysts, Atopic Dermatitis, Port-Wine Stains, Hemangiomas, Fungal ... (Read more)

Dr. Bradley Thomas Wrubel, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2850 Telegraph Avenue; Suite 110
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Bradley Wrubel is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Berkeley, CA and Richmond, CA. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Wrubel attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. In his practice, he is particularly interested in neurological disorders. Patients rated Dr. Wrubel highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Wrubel is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Neurological Disorders, Injuries, Electromyography, ... (Read more)

Dr. Faraz Frank Berjis, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
2510 Webster Street
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Faraz Berjis specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system). His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Berjis accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Berjis's medical residency was performed at New York Hospital Queens. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fecal Incontinence, Upper Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Terris Renee Dunn, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
2828 Telegraph Avenue; Floor 2
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Terri Dunn's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Her areas of expertise include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. She is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Dunn accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Dunn's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Dunn (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Skin of Color

Dr. Stewart Lyndon Cooper, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
3300 Webster Street; Suite 202
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Stewart Cooper's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cooper attended medical school at the University of Wales College of Medicine. Dr. Cooper offers language support for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese-speaking patients. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Celiac Disease, Hemochromatosis, Wilson's ... (Read more)

Dr. Omar Mtaweh Murad, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3000 Colby Street; Suite 203b
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Omar Murad's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Murad is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Murad (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. In addition, he offers language support for Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Murad is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Graves Disease, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Hypertension, Adrenal Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Leland Silpa, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
2510 Webster Street
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Michael Silpa's area of specialization is gastroenterology (digestive system). He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. In Dr. Silpa's practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Silpa accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Grace Si-Wah Eng, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
350 30th Street; Suite 320
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Grace Eng, who practices in Oakland, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Eng honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Eng completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. She offers language support for patients who speak Russian, Hungarian, and Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Eng is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Metabolism, Bone Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Dermatology, Internal Medicine
2320 Woolsey Street; Suite 202
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Adrianna Browne's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Areas of expertise for Dr. Browne include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Brown & Toland Physicians. She attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare Supplement (Medigap). Dr. Browne welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Leslie Guy Hilger Jr., MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
460 34th Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Leslie Hilger is a pediatric dermatology, dermatological immunology, and dermatopathology specialist. Dr. Hilger is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: phototherapy (light therapy), acne, and skin surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alameda Hospital. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hilger's office for an appointment. After attending Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Acne, Skin Issues, Tropical Skin Diseases, Phototherapy, Skin Surgery

Dr. Avantika Chander Waring, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
350 30th Street; Suite 320
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Avantika Waring works as an endocrinologist. Before performing her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Waring attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Waring include diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Waring honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Waring (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Graves Disease, Metabolism, Bone Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Neil Howard Stollman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
300 Frank Ogawa Plaza; Suite 450
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Neil Stollman practices adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patient ratings for Dr. Stollman average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Before completing his residency at Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Stollman attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, ... (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.