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We found 39 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Palo Alto, CA.

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. Her clinical interests encompass rheumatic diseases. Patients gave Dr. Kelly an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She attended medical school at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Kelly completed a residency program at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Kelly is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Thorburn is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise consist of vasculitis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Thorburn's 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, 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 is an adult rheumatologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Fischer average 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of asthma, food allergy, and rheumatic diseases. Dr. Fischer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fischer's office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Fischer attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine.

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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 practices adult rheumatology. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. Dr. Rozelle is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Rozelle accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete 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. Sabina Ahmed Ali, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Gastroenterology
725 Welch Road
Palo Alto, 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. Leland Mark Greenwald, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Neurology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Leland Greenwald practices neurosurgery and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Mountain View, CA. His clinical interests encompass neurological disorders. Dr. Greenwald's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Temple University. The average patient rating for Dr. Greenwald is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Greenwald accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Han has a special interest in skin issues. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Mandarin. Dr. Han is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Contact Dermatitis, Injectable Fillers, Herpes, Chemical Peels, ... (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 practices adult gastroenterology in Mountain View, CA and San Jose, CA. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Huang is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Huang is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jenny Murase, who practices in Mountain View, CA, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Clinical interests for Dr. Murase include skin issues. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Murase takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Murase graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. In addition to English, she speaks 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. 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 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. Andrea Michelle Tom, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Andrea Tom is an endocrinologist in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Tom is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Before completing her residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Dr. Tom attended medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Tom is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

Dr. Peter William Simpson, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
701 E El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Peter Simpson specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Mountain View, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Simpson average 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Simpson honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal ... (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 sees patients in Mountain View, CA and Los Gatos, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric dermatology. In her practice, Dr. Ahmad focuses on skin issues. Dr. Ahmad accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Ahmad is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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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. Amy E Gilliam, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
795 El Camino Real; Clark Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Amy Gilliam is a pediatric dermatology specialist in Palo Alto, CA, San Francisco, CA, and San Carlos, CA. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Gilliam's clinical interests: dermatitis (skin inflammation), laser treatment, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Gilliam studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Laser Treatment, Skin Issues, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Dermatitis

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

Dr. Jennifer Roost's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Roost's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Roost is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Stanford University Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Sedation, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Liver Cancer, Upper Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. John West Day, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
730 Welch Road; 2nd Floor
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. John Day is a physician who specializes in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Day's areas of expertise consist of myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophy, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Day's professional affiliations include the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy

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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.