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We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders near Pleasanton, CA.

Dr. David J Fischer, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4000 Dublin Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Dublin, 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. Robert Su, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4000 Dublin Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Robert Su is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Su attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. In his practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatic diseases. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Su is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting 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. Aruna Chakravorty, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4050 Dublin Boulevard; Third Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Aruna Chakravorty practices adult endocrinology. In addition to English, Dr. Chakravorty (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Chakravorty's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and metabolism. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her education and training includes medical school at Medical College and Hospital Kolkata and residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chakravorty is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

Dr. Kirk Kofong Lin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4050 Dublin Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Kirk Lin's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Lin has indicated that his clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is conversant in Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Lin's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Barrett's Esophagus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rajnish Anand Gupta, PhD, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
4000 Dublin Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Rajnish Gupta is a medical specialist in surgical dermatology. His clinical interests include skin issues. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gupta attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Gupta (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Gupta's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Infection, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Rosacea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mrudula V Kumar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4050 Dublin Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Dublin, CA
 

Dr. Mrudula Kumar is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Fremont, CA and Dublin, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Kumar is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kumar has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kumar takes. After attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Kumar's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, ... (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.