We found 42 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Palo Alto, CA.

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Dr. Victoria Marie Kelly, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Victoria Kelly is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in rheumatic diseases. Dr. Kelly's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She has an open panel. Dr. Kelly is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford Hospital & Clinics' residency program. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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

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

Dr. Christine Marie Thorburn, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Christine Thorburn is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave Dr. Thorburn a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Thorburn include vasculitis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. She trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Thorburn is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Thorburn welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. David J Fischer, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. David Fischer practices adult rheumatology in Palo Alto, CA, Dublin, CA, and Fremont, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Fischer is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Fischer include asthma, food allergy, and rheumatic diseases. Dr. Fischer honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Fischer performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Food Allergy, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew L Rozelle, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Rozelle specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Palo Alto, CA and Fremont, CA. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. Dr. Rozelle's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Rozelle takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

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

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

Dr. Rona Zel Silkiss, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Ophthalmology
900 Welch Road; Suite 103
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Rona Silkiss' specialties are ophthalmic plastic surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Silkiss's patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Her clinical interests include eyelid surgery, lipoma excision, and collagen injections. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. She attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Silkiss trained at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Jules Stein Eye Institute. Dr. Silkiss has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Silkiss (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Cantonese. Dr. Silkiss's professional affiliations include Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Eye Muscle Surgery, Retinoblastoma, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Eyelid Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sabina Ahmed Ali, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Gastroenterology
725 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Sabina Ali specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Ali include inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ali takes. Her education and training includes medical school at Sindh Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. In addition to English, Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Her practice 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. Leland Mark Greenwald, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Neurology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Leland Greenwald is a neurosurgeon and neurologist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in neurological disorders. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Greenwald studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Greenwald trained at a hospital affiliated with Temple University for his residency. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Greenwald welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Dizziness, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Stroke, Epilepsy, Neurological ... (Read more)

Dr. Karen F Han, PhD, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
795 El Camino Real; Clark Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Karen Han is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Han's education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In her practice, she is particularly interested in skin issues. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Mandarin. Dr. Han is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Contact Dermatitis, Injectable Fillers, Herpes, Allergy Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Jenny Eileen Murase, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Jenny Murase is a dermatologist in Mountain View, CA. Dr. Murase is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Her clinical interests include skin issues. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Murase is conversant in Japanese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Murase welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Contact Dermatitis, Injectable Fillers, Herpes, Allergy ... (Read more)

Dr. Regina-Celeste Shahnaz Ahmad, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
701 E El Camino Real; Department of Dermatology
Mountain View, 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. Stewart Lyndon Cooper, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 3
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Stewart Cooper is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cooper accepts. Dr. Cooper studied medicine at the University of Wales College of Medicine. He offers language support for patients who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Cooper has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Andrea Michelle Tom, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Andrea Tom practices adult endocrinology in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tom has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tom welcomes new patients. She attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy, Bone Problems, Diabetes, Thyroid Nodules, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Shengwen Huang, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
701 E El Camino Real; 1st Floor
Mountain View, 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. Peter William Simpson, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Peter Simpson is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Simpson takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Simpson graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He is affiliated with 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, Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark H Levin, PhD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Marc Levin works as an ophthalmologist in San Francisco, CA, Palo Alto, CA, and San Carlos, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Levin include eye problems. Dr. Levin's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. His practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and a graduate of Scheie Eye Institute's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Eye Movement Disorders, Graves Disease, Strabismus Surgery, Facial Problems, Eye Problems, Botox ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Roost, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Roost is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Palo Alto, CA. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Roost honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Roost speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Roost's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Sedation, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, ... (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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