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We found 30 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna near San Carlos, CA.

Dr. Victoria Marie Kelly, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
301 Industrial Road; Level 3
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Victoria Kelly practices adult rheumatology in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She has indicated that her clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. Dr. Kelly honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Kelly is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford Hospital & Clinics' residency program. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting 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. Michael Popkin Stevens, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
101 S San Mateo Drive; Suite 307
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Michael Stevens' specialty is adult rheumatology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Stevens's clinical interests: autoimmune disorders and rheumatic diseases. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). Dr. Stevens attended Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Kaiser Permanente for residency. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Stevens is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Autoimmune Disorders

Dr. Christine Marie Thorburn, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
301 Industrial Road; Level 3
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Christine Thorburn practices adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Thorburn include vasculitis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After completing medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Thorburn is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. 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
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. David Fischer's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Fischer studied medicine at 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. In his practice, he is particularly interested in asthma, food allergy, and rheumatic diseases. Dr. Fischer has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Rozelle is an adult rheumatology specialist in Palo Alto, CA and Fremont, CA. Dr. Rozelle obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. His clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Rozelle honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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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' specialties are ophthalmic plastic surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Silkiss (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Cantonese. She is especially interested in eyelid surgery, plastic surgery procedures, and eye problems. Dr. Silkiss's professional affiliations include Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. Dr. Silkiss graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her training includes residency programs at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Jules Stein Eye Institute. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Silkiss is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Eye Muscle Surgery, Retinoblastoma, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Eyelid Problems, ... (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. After attending Sindh Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Her areas of expertise consist of inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Dr. Ali has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Ali takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, and more. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Ali is accepting 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. Karen F Han, PhD, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Karen Han is a physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Han is especially interested in skin issues. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Han accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time. She attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. In addition to English, 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. Stewart Lyndon Cooper, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
795 El Camino Real; Lee Building, Level 3
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Stewart Cooper's specialties are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He practices in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Palo Alto, CA. He attended medical school at the University of Wales College of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Cooper include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Cooper is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cooper offers interpreting services for patients who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He welcomes 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. Andrea Michelle Tom, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
301 Industrial Road; Level 2
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Andrea Tom's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. In her practice, Dr. Tom focuses on diabetes and metabolism. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School, Dr. Tom performed her residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She 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. Amy E Gilliam, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
301 Industrial Road; Level 3
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Amy Gilliam is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Gilliam is especially interested in dermatitis (skin inflammation), laser treatment, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Dr. Gilliam studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Gilliam trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Patient ratings for Dr. Gilliam average 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Gilliam is open to new patients.

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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
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Roost is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in Palo Alto, CA. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. In her practice, she is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Roost is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Roost's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Mark H Levin, PhD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
301 Industrial Road; Level 4
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Marc Levin's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is especially interested in eye problems. Dr. Levin is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Levin trained at Scheie Eye Institute. Dr. Levin is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). His practice is open to 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. Claribel Paguio Taylor, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Claribel Taylor's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Taylor include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Taylor is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Taylor is professionally 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
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Carol Clewans is a specialist in adult endocrinology. She works in Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Clewans's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and metabolism. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Clewans completed a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Clewans is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

Dr. Grace Wu Chan, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Grace Chan practices adult endocrinology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Chan accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HSA, and more. Dr. Chan attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Diabetes, Thyroid Nodules, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Fine Needle Aspiration, ... (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.