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We found 19 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 is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include the following: vasculitis, sjogren's syndrome, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Patients rated Dr. Kaye highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Kaye performed his residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). 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 specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Magnano attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Her clinical interests encompass rheumatic diseases. Dr. Magnano is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Dr. Magnano welcomes new patients.

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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 is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Ellman's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatic diseases. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Ellman welcomes new patients. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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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. Sabina Ahmed Ali, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Gastroenterology
747 52nd Street
Oakland, CA
 

Dr. Sabina Ali's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. She obtained her medical school training at Sindh Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. She is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. On average, patients gave Dr. Ali a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Ali is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, Colitis, Hydrogen Breath Test, Failure to Thrive, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Joanna Cooper's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cooper's areas of expertise consist of sleep disorders, transient ischemic attack (TIA), and neurological disorders. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Cooper trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for her residency. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Cooper (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Polish. Dr. Cooper is professionally 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. Bradley Thomas Wrubel, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2850 Telegraph Avenue; Suite 110
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Bradley Wrubel specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Berkeley, CA and Richmond, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Wrubel is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wrubel include neurological disorders. Dr. Wrubel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Wrubel is open to new patients. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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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' specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Berjis include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Berjis is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. After attending St. George's University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at New York Hospital Queens. Dr. Berjis is conversant in Persian. He is professionally 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, Hydrogen Breath Test, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fecal Incontinence, Upper ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Stewart Cooper is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He offers interpreting services for patients who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. Clinical interests for Dr. Cooper include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Cooper's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He attended medical school at the University of Wales College of Medicine. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Cooper's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Renee Howard sees patients in San Rafael, CA, Oakland, CA, and San Francisco, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric dermatology. She is especially interested in skin issues. Dr. Howard is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed 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). She has received the following distinctions: San Francisco Super Doctors and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. Dr. Howard's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Marin General Hospital. Dr. Howard is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Omar Murad is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. He attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Staten Island University Hospital for residency. Dr. Murad's areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and metabolism. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Murad accepts. Dr. Murad (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. In addition, he offers interpreting services for Spanish-speaking patients. His professional affiliations include 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 specializes in gastroenterology (digestive system). He has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Silpa accepts. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Silpa completed his residency training at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. He 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: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Sedation, Hydrogen Breath Test, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Upper ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Grace Eng sees patients in Oakland, CA. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. She is especially interested in diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Eng is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Eng offers interpreting services for patients who speak Russian, Hungarian, and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Type 1 Diabetes, Hormone Testing, Bone Problems, Continuous Glucose Monitoring, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Avantika Waring is an adult endocrinology specialist. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. In her practice, Dr. Waring focuses on diabetes and metabolism. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Waring accepts. Dr. Waring (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. Dr. Waring's practice is open to 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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Stollman's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Stollman studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He trained at Columbia University Medical Center for residency. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Gulmohor D Roy, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2850 Telegraph Avenue; Suite 110
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Gulmohor Roy is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She has indicated that her clinical interests include neurological disorders. Dr. Roy's professional affiliations include Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) and Sutter Delta Medical Center. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Roy graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Dementia, Stroke, Epilepsy, Neurological Disorders, Transient Ischemic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2999 Regent Street; Suite 201
Berkeley, CA
 

Dr. Mark Kogan practices adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kogan include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, SEBMF - Diablo Division Community Provider Network, and Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG). Dr. Kogan accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kogan is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Sedation, Interventional Endoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Upper ... (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.