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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 specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in San Diego, CA. She is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. These areas are among Dr. Broudy's clinical interests: immunotherapy and lupus. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Broudy accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She welcomes new patients. She attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Her medical residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Broudy is conversant in Spanish.

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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 practices geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reddy include psoriatic arthritis, lupus, and general care. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Reddy trained at Scripps Clinic. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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's area of specialization is family medicine. Dr. Considine is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Considine include warts, cryotherapy, and psoriasis. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Considine is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Warren Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kettlehake include warts, menopause, and adolescent gynecology. She takes AARP, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Kettlehake studied medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. She trained at the University Health Systems, Pitt County Memorial Hospital for her residency. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. John Pedrotty specializes in family medicine. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Pedrotty's areas of expertise include the following: warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pedrotty accepts. Before performing his residency at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and National Naval Medical Center, Dr. Pedrotty attended Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. Dr. Pedrotty has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 practices dermatopathology. In his practice, Dr. Lee focuses on skin issues. He takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Gregory Wiener is a gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Wiener include colon polypectomy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. Dr. Wiener is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from CETEC University School of Medicine and the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Wiener speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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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 gastroenterologist in San Diego, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Chula Vista, CA. Dr. Thomas's areas of expertise include the following: colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Thomas attended medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. He speaks Spanish.

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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 practices family medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Steinhauser performed her residency at Franklin Square Hospital Center. Dr. Steinhauser is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Adeunice Sanchez-Mata's specialty is family medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: warts, psoriasis, and headache. Her patients gave her an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Sanchez-Mata takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Sanchez-Mata is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Erick Alayo sees patients in Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Alayo attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school and subsequently trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Alayo is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is open to 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. Sudhir Malik, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Sleep Medicine
4033 Third Avenue; Suite 206
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Sudhir Malik, who practices in San Diego, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology and sleep medicine. Before performing his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York, Dr. Malik attended Maulana Azad Medical College for medical school. Dr. Malik's areas of expertise include trigger point injections, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and tourette syndrome. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Malik honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Malik (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes 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)

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Specializes in Neurology
300 Fir Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Paul Raffer's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include nerve conduction studies (NCS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and parkinson's disease. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Raffer honors. Dr. Raffer is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 sees patients in San Diego, CA. Her medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Areas of expertise for Dr. Harpster include warts, cryotherapy, and shingles. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. 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. Dr. Harpster is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Her practice 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 practices dermatology (skin disorders). Clinical interests for Dr. Melancon include warts, cryotherapy, and shingles. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Melancon obtained his medical school training at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Melancon's office for an appointment.

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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, who practices in Chula Vista, CA and Coronado, CA, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Jothen include multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and tourette syndrome. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Jothen is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Jothen is open to new patients. She is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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.