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We found 12 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Poway, CA.

Dr. Thomas Charles Adamson III, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Adamson specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in San Diego, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and lupus. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Adamson honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Adamson is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Myositis, Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Antoanella Calame, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
15725 Pomerado Road; Suite 102
Poway, CA
 

Dr. Antoanella Calame is a physician who specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Clinical interests for Dr. Calame include warts, moles, and acne. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Calame include: Dean of Student's Award-UCSD School of Medicine; Summa Cum Laude-California Lutheran University; and Dermatologist Section Chair-Scripps Memorial Hospital. Dr. Calame (or staff) speaks the following languages: Romanian and Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Calame's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Cellulitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Curt Michael Littler, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Curt Littler sees patients in San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Littler's areas of expertise include the following: warts, cryotherapy, and dermabrasion. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Before performing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Littler attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine for medical school. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Littler welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, scleroderma

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Dermabrasion, Psoriasis, Eczema, Scleroderma, Sclerotherapy, Varicose Veins, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tina S-T Chen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Tina Chen is a pediatric dermatology specialist in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chen include warts, cryotherapy, and acne. Dr. Chen accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Chen is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, scleroderma

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Psoriasis, Eczema, Scleroderma, Laser Hair Removal, Chemical Peels, Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Patrick A Huott, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Patrick Huott is a medical specialist in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include post-polio syndrome (PPS), nerve conduction studies (NCS), and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Huott attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Patient ratings for Dr. Huott average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Huott takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Headache, Electromyography, Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's ... (Read more)

Dr. Scott A Riedler, MD
Specializes in Neurology
16950 Via Tazon
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Scott Riedler sees patients in San Diego, CA. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Riedler include nerve conduction studies (NCS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and parkinson's disease. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Riedler attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Electroencephalography, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Bryan K Chen, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
10672 Wexford Street; Suite 205
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Bryan Chen is a specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatological immunology, and dermatopathology. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Chen's clinical interests include warts, cryotherapy, and acne. The average patient rating for Dr. Chen is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Chen has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Psoriasis, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Laser Hair Removal, Chemical Peels, Acne, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Blair Bradshaw, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
9878 Hibert Street; Suite 100
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Michael Bradshaw is a physician who specializes in surgical dermatology. He graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Bradshaw trained at the University of Rochester Medical Center for his residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bradshaw speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Dermatology Specialists.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Patrick William Blake, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
15725 Pomerado Road; Suite 102
Poway, CA
 

Dr. Patrick Blake is a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Dr. Blake takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. After completing medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr. Blake welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
15525 Pomerado Road; Suite D2
Poway, CA
 

Dr. Dale Kooistra's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery; he sees patients in Poway, CA. Dr. Kooistra's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He has a special interest in nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Skin of Color

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Joshua Steichen works as a gastroenterologist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Steichen is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Steichen is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Bile Duct Stones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shireen Ghorbani, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Shireen Ghorbani is a gastroenterology (digestive system) specialist. Dr. Ghorbani's clinical interests include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. Her education and training includes medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (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.