We found 41 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's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Kelly's clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kelly honors. She obtained her medical school training at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and performed her residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Kelly is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes 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's areas of expertise consist of vasculitis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Thorburn attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She 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, 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 a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Fischer is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of asthma, food allergy, and rheumatic diseases. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Fischer is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He has an open panel. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Fischer completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington.

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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 is an adult rheumatologist. Dr. Rozelle is especially interested in rheumatic diseases. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a graduate of Stanford Hospital & Clinics' residency program. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rozelle takes. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rozelle's office for an appointment.

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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 is a medical specialist in ophthalmic plastic surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Silkiss include eyelid surgery, lipoma excision, and collagen injections. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Silkiss attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her training includes residency programs at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Jules Stein Eye Institute. She has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Silkiss (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Cantonese. Her professional affiliations include California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Eye Muscle Surgery, Retinoblastoma, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Eye Trauma, Eyelid ... (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 dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. Patients gave Dr. Han an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include skin issues. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Han is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She is closed to new patients at this time. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Han attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She speaks Mandarin.

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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 dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is especially interested in skin issues. Dr. Murase's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She welcomes new patients. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Murase attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Japanese.

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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 specializes in pediatric dermatology. In Dr. Ahmad's practice, she is particularly interested in skin issues. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Ahmad trained at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital for her residency. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Sabina Ali is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. She has indicated that her clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Dr. Ali honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Sindh Medical College. Dr. Ali's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. In addition to English, Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She has an open panel.

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

Dr. Edward Huang, who practices in Mountain View, CA and San Jose, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Huang takes. Dr. Huang welcomes new patients. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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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. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Simpson include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Simpson takes. Before completing his residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Dr. Simpson attended medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Simpson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice 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 specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in San Francisco, CA, Palo Alto, CA, and San Carlos, CA. His clinical interests encompass eye problems. Dr. Levin honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at Scheie Eye Institute. Dr. Levin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). He is accepting new patients.

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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. 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 medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He is a graduate of the University of Wales College of Medicine. Dr. Cooper's clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He offers interpreting services for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese-speaking patients. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Cooper 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. Jennifer Roost, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Roost is a gastroenterologist in Palo Alto, CA. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Roost's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Roost attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Roost speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Claribel Paguio Taylor, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Claribel Taylor's specialty is adult gastroenterology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patients rated Dr. Taylor highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Taylor trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Celiac Disease, Capsule Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carol S Clewans, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 2
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Carol Clewans is a Palo Alto, CA physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. After attending Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Clewans completed her residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clewans include diabetes and metabolism. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Clewans is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Hirsutism, Menopause, Diabetes during Pregnancy, ... (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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