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We found 27 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 is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Her clinical interests encompass rheumatic diseases. Patients gave Dr. Kelly an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She attended medical school at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Kelly completed a residency program at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Kelly is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is open to 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 sees patients in San Mateo, CA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His education and training includes medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and residency at Kaiser Permanente. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stevens include autoimmune disorders and rheumatic diseases. Dr. Stevens's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stevens accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). He is open to 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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Thorburn is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Her areas of expertise consist of vasculitis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Thorburn's practice 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, 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 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. Andrew L Rozelle, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Rozelle practices adult rheumatology. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. Dr. Rozelle is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Rozelle accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

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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. Sabina Ahmed Ali, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Gastroenterology
725 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Sabina Ali's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. She obtained her medical school training at Sindh Medical College and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. She is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. On average, patients gave Dr. Ali a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Ali is open to 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 area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Han has a special interest in skin issues. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She speaks Mandarin. Dr. Han is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Contact Dermatitis, Injectable Fillers, Herpes, Chemical Peels, ... (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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). He offers interpreting services for patients who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. Clinical interests for Dr. Cooper include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Cooper's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He attended medical school at the University of Wales College of Medicine. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Cooper's office for an appointment.

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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 is an endocrinologist in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include the following: diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Tom is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Before completing her residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Dr. Tom attended medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Tom 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 pediatric dermatology specialist in Palo Alto, CA, San Francisco, CA, and San Carlos, CA. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Gilliam's clinical interests: dermatitis (skin inflammation), laser treatment, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Gilliam studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is conversant in Spanish.

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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 area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Roost's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Roost is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Stanford University Medical Center. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Sedation, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Liver Cancer, Upper Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eugene Young Lee, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
100 So. Ellsworth Avenue; Suite 507
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Eugene Lee, who practices in San Mateo, CA, is a medical specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). The average patient rating for Dr. Lee is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Lee attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Claribel Paguio Taylor, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Claribel Taylor practices adult gastroenterology in Palo Alto, CA and Fremont, CA. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. In Dr. Taylor's practice, she is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Taylor's practice is open to new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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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 practices adult endocrinology in Palo Alto, CA. She is rated highly by her patients. Her areas of expertise consist of diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Clewans's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Clewans is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She has an open panel. She graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Stanford University Medical Center.

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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 a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Her clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Chan completed her residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The average patient rating for Dr. Chan is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chan accepts several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HSA. She welcomes 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)

Dr. Renata H Mullen, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Renata Mullen specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Mullen is rated highly by her patients. In her practice, she is particularly interested in skin issues. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before performing her residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Mullen attended Tulane University School of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Mullen's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Allergy Skin Testing, Rosacea, Skin Issues, Melanoma, Cancer Screening, Moles, ... (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.