We found 16 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare near San Diego, CA.

Dr. Corrie D Broudy, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
300 Fir Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Corrie Broudy is a San Diego, CA physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Broudy has indicated that her clinical interests include immunotherapy and lupus. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Broudy accepts. She attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Broudy is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Immunotherapy, Lupus

Dr. Dana A Copeland, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
272 Church Avenue; Suite 1
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Dana Reddy, who practices in La Jolla, CA and Chula Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. Dr. Reddy is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her residency was performed at Scripps Clinic. These areas are among her clinical interests: psoriatic arthritis, lupus, and general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reddy takes. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Myositis, Tendonitis, Immunotherapy, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin Charles Considine, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
230 Prospect Place; Suite 350
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Kevin Considine is a Coronado, CA physician who specializes in family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Considine include warts, cryotherapy, and psoriasis. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Warren Hospital for residency. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Considine honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Sports Health, Eczema, Sleep Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Richard Pedrotty Jr., MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1222 1st Street; Suite 1
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. John Pedrotty practices family medicine. He is a graduate of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and National Naval Medical Center. These areas are among Dr. Pedrotty's clinical interests: warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pedrotty is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Pedrotty is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, scleroderma

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Sports Health, Eczema, Sleep Disorders, Eating Disorders, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert An-Kuo Lee, PhD, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
200 W Arbor Drive; Mc 8420
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Robert Lee is a dermatopathologist. He has a special interest in skin issues. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Lee performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lee accepts. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Issues, Melanoma, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Acne

Dr. Patricia Marie Kettlehake, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
1050 B Avenue; Suite C
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Patricia Kettlehake practices general internal medicine and general pediatrics in Coronado, CA. Dr. Kettlehake's areas of expertise include the following: warts, menopause, and adolescent gynecology. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kettlehake takes. Dr. Kettlehake graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. She trained at the University Health Systems, Pitt County Memorial Hospital for her residency. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Adolescent Gynecology, Sports Health, Type 1 Diabetes, Eczema, Down Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory James Wiener, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
353 Church Avenue; # A
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Wiener is a gastroenterologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wiener include colon polypectomy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Wiener accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine and the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Wiener speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Celiac Disease, Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carlton Wayne Thomas Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1855 1st Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Thomas is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in San Diego, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Chula Vista, CA. After attending the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Thomas's clinical interests include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Thomas's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Bile Duct Stones, Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Erick Humberto Alayo, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
353a Church Avenue
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Erick Alayo, who practices in Chula Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University. Dr. Alayo completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alayo include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Alayo is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Bile Duct Stones, Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Tova Suzanne Steinhauser, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2020 Genesee Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Tova Steinhauser is a family practitioner. Her areas of expertise include the following: warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. Dr. Steinhauser is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at Franklin Square Hospital Center. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Psoriasis, Sports Health, Headache, Eczema, Chronic Obstructive ... (Read more)

Dr. Sudhir Malik, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Sleep Medicine
4033 Third Avenue; Suite 206
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Sudhir Malik's areas of specialization are pediatric neurology and sleep medicine; he sees patients in San Diego, CA. He is a graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College and a graduate of Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York's residency program. His areas of expertise include trigger point injections, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and tourette syndrome. Dr. Malik is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Malik honors. Dr. Malik (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Malik's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders, Back Problems, Sleep Apnea, Electroencephalography, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Adeunice Sanchez-Mata, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2020 Genesee Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Adeunice Sanchez-Mata works as a family practice physician in San Diego, CA. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sanchez-Mata include warts, psoriasis, and headache. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Unfortunately, Dr. Sanchez-Mata is not accepting new patients at this time. She studied medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Sanchez-Mata speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Psoriasis, Headache, Eczema, Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurology
300 Fir Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Paul Raffer is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA. He attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Areas of expertise for Dr. Raffer include nerve conduction studies (NCS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and parkinson's disease. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Raffer honors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Raffer is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Seizure Disorders, Parkinson's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elaine F Harpster, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
300 Fir Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Elaine Harpster is a San Diego, CA physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Clinical interests for Dr. Harpster include warts, cryotherapy, and shingles. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Harpster obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Harpster is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Psoriasis, Eczema, Shingles, Hair Loss

Dr. Jeffrey Michael Melancon, PhD, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
300 Fir Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Melancon specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). His education and training includes medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Clinical interests for Dr. Melancon include warts, cryotherapy, and shingles. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Melancon is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, scleroderma

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Psoriasis, Eczema, Scleroderma, Biopsy, Skin Cancer, Acne, Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Lynn Jothen, DO
Specializes in Neurology
1224 10th Street; Suite 205
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Jothen specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Chula Vista, CA and Coronado, CA. Her areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and tourette syndrome. She is an in-network provider for AARP, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Jothen attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Jothen has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Back Problems, ... (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.