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

Dr. Michael Popkin Stevens, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
101 S San Mateo Drive; Suite 307
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Michael Stevens is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Stevens speaks Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include autoimmune disorders and rheumatic diseases. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). Dr. Stevens graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Kaiser Permanente. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Stevens accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Autoimmune Disorders

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

Dr. Victoria Kelly is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. Dr. Kelly's areas of expertise include rheumatic diseases. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kelly graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Kelly trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. She speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kelly's office for an appointment.

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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
301 Industrial Road; Level 3
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Christine Thorburn is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Her areas of expertise consist of vasculitis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Thorburn's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thorburn accepts. Dr. Thorburn's practice is open to new patients. She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program.

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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 practices adult rheumatology in Palo Alto, CA, Dublin, CA, and Fremont, CA. Dr. Fischer attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. His areas of expertise include asthma, food allergy, and rheumatic diseases. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fischer accepts. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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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 specializes in adult rheumatology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatic diseases. Dr. Rozelle's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Patient ratings for Dr. Rozelle average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rozelle welcomes new patients.

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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' medical specialty is ophthalmic plastic surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Silkiss (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Cantonese. These areas are among Dr. Silkiss's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, lipoma excision, and collagen injections. She is affiliated with Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. She studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She trained at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Jules Stein Eye Institute for residency. Dr. Silkiss has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Silkiss has an open panel.

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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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ali honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan. She graduated from Sindh Medical College and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Dr. Ali (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. She 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's medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, Dr. Han focuses on skin issues. Dr. Han is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Han honors. Dr. Han is not accepting new patients at this time. She attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is conversant in 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 practices adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Cooper include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Cooper graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine. He offers language support 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 has an open panel.

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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 works as an adult endocrinologist in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. She graduated from Brown University, Alpert Medical School and then she performed her residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. In her practice, Dr. Tom focuses on diabetes and metabolism. The average patient rating for Dr. Tom is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tom 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, Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy, Bone Problems, Diabetes, Thyroid Nodules, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amy E Gilliam, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
301 Industrial Road; Level 3
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Amy Gilliam is a specialist in pediatric dermatology. She is rated highly by her patients. These areas are among Dr. Gilliam's clinical interests: dermatitis (skin inflammation), laser treatment, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Gilliam attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She welcomes 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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. In her practice, Dr. Roost focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed her 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. Dr. Roost welcomes 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 is an ophthalmologist. Dr. Levin attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Levin completed a residency program at Scheie Eye Institute. In his practice, he is particularly interested in eye problems. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). Dr. Levin 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. She attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Taylor has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Taylor's practice is open to new patients.

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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 an adult endocrinologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Clewans average 4.5 stars out of 5. She is especially interested in diabetes and metabolism. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Clewans attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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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 is an endocrinologist in Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Chan has a special interest in diabetes and metabolism. She is rated highly by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Chan attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Chan is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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