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We found 9 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 is an adult rheumatologist in San Diego, CA. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Adamson include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and lupus. Dr. Adamson honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Adamson's office for an appointment.

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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 Dermatopathology
15725 Pomerado Road; Suite 102
Poway, CA
 

Dr. Antoanella Calame is a specialist in dermatopathology. She works in Poway, CA, San Diego, CA, and La Jolla, CA. Dr. Calame (or staff) is conversant in Romanian and Spanish. Her areas of expertise include warts, moles, and acne. Dr. Calame's hospital/clinic affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. She studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Patients rated Dr. Calame highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She has received professional recognition including the following: Dean of Student's Award-UCSD School of Medicine; Summa Cum Laude-California Lutheran University; and Dermatologist Section Chair-Scripps Memorial Hospital. Dr. Calame 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 is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist in San Diego, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Littler include warts, cryotherapy, and dermabrasion. Dr. Littler takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Before completing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Littler attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He has an open panel.

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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 specialist in pediatric dermatology. She works in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA. Dr. Chen's areas of expertise include warts, cryotherapy, and acne. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Chen is open to 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's areas of specialization are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease); he sees patients in San Diego, CA. Dr. Huott's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Huott include post-polio syndrome (PPS), nerve conduction studies (NCS), and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He 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. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Huott's office for an appointment.

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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 is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Riedler is 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Riedler's clinical interests: nerve conduction studies (NCS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and parkinson's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Riedler accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Riedler's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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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 practices pediatric dermatology, dermatological immunology, and dermatopathology. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chen include warts, cryotherapy, and acne. Dr. Chen is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, Dr. Chen performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
10670 Wexford Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Joshua Steichen is a San Diego, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Steichen attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then went on to complete his 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. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Steichen is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 practices gastroenterology (digestive system). She graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ghorbani include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Ghorbani is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ghorbani is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She has an open panel.

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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.