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, who practices in San Mateo, CA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Stevens include autoimmune disorders and rheumatic diseases. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Stevens's education and training includes medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and residency at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Stevens has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Kelly speaks Spanish. Her clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Kelly completed her residency training at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. The average patient rating for Dr. Kelly is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kelly honors. Her practice 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. Christine Marie Thorburn, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
301 Industrial Road; Level 3
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Christine Thorburn is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Thorburn average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Thorburn's areas of clinical interest consist of vasculitis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Thorburn attended Stanford University School of Medicine.

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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 a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. 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 Washington for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Fischer include asthma, food allergy, and rheumatic diseases. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Fischer is accepting 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, who practices in Palo Alto, CA and Fremont, CA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rozelle include rheumatic diseases. Dr. Rozelle honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Rozelle is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to 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' areas of specialization are ophthalmic plastic surgery and pediatric ophthalmology; she sees patients in Oakland, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, and San Francisco, CA. Dr. Silkiss has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Silkiss include eyelid surgery, lipoma excision, and collagen injections. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. Dr. Silkiss takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. She studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Jules Stein Eye Institute. Dr. Silkiss has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Silkiss (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Eye Muscle Surgery, Retinoblastoma, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Eyelid Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Karen F Han, PhD, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Karen Han specializes in dermatology (skin disorders) and practices in Palo Alto, CA. She speaks Mandarin. She has a special interest in skin issues. Dr. Han's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. 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's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. 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, Allergy Skin ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Sabina Ali is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ali include inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. Dr. Ali takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Sindh Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. In addition to English, Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Persian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Andrea M Tom, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
301 Industrial Road; Level 2
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Andrea Tom is an adult endocrinology specialist in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. Dr. Tom is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and metabolism. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network 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. Tom's practice is open to new patients. She is a graduate of Brown University, Alpert Medical School and a graduate of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center's residency program.

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

Dr. Marc Levin is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Dr. Levin has indicated that his clinical interests include eye problems. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Scheie Eye Institute. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Levin takes. 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. Eugene Young Lee, MD
Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
100 So. Ellsworth Avenue; Suite 507
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Eugene Lee practices gastroenterology (digestive system) in San Mateo, CA. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Lee is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). Dr. Lee accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lee (or staff) is conversant in Korean and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's ... (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 areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease); he sees patients in San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, and Palo Alto, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cooper include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cooper accepts. He has an open panel. He attended medical school at the University of Wales College of Medicine. Dr. Cooper offers language support for Cantonese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese-speaking patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Celiac Disease, Hemochromatosis, Wilson's ... (Read more)

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 average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Roost welcomes new patients. 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. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Claribel Taylor works as a gastroenterologist. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Taylor honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. 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). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Taylor welcomes 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 endocrinology specialist. Her areas of clinical interest consist of diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Clewans has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Clewans's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes 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. Renata H Mullen, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Renata Mullen's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Patients rated Dr. Mullen highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in skin issues. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Mullen is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. She graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Stanford University Medical Center.

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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.
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