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

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
300 Fir Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Corrie Broudy is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Broudy obtained her medical school training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and performed her residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Her areas of clinical interest consist of immunotherapy and lupus. She has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Broudy honors. In addition to English, Dr. Broudy speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Immunotherapy, Lupus

Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
272 Church Avenue; Suite 1
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Dana Reddy is a specialist in geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. These areas are among her clinical interests: psoriatic arthritis, lupus, and general care. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. Dr. Reddy is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. After attending Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Reddy completed her residency training at Scripps Clinic.

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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)

Specializes in Family Medicine
230 Prospect Place; Suite 350
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Kevin Considine is a physician who specializes in family medicine. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include warts, psoriasis, and cryosurgery. Dr. Considine is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Considine 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 is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Specializes in Family Medicine
1222 1st Street; Suite 1
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. John Pedrotty is a family medicine physician. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Pedrotty include warts, menopause, and psoriasis. Dr. Pedrotty is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Pedrotty takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Pedrotty has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, scleroderma

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

Specializes in Dermatopathology
200 W Arbor Drive; Mc 8420
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Robert Lee is a dermatopathologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include skin issues. Dr. Lee is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Community Provider Network, and Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR). He takes several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. He is open to new patients. Dr. Lee obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1855 1st Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Thomas specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices 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 in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Thomas attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Thomas 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)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
1050 B Avenue; Suite C
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Patricia Kettlehake specializes in general internal medicine and general pediatrics and practices in Coronado, CA. Her clinical interests include warts, menopause, and adolescent gynecology. Patient ratings for Dr. Kettlehake average 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors AARP, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before performing her residency at the University Health Systems, Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kettlehake attended the University of Toledo College of Medicine for medical school. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Kettlehake is open to 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)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
353 Church Avenue; # A
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Wiener's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wiener include colon polypectomy, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. Dr. Wiener takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at CETEC University School of Medicine and the University of El Salvador Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Wiener is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
353a Church Avenue
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. Erick Alayo's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After attending Cayetano Heredia University for medical school, Dr. Alayo completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Alayo's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Sleep Medicine
4033 Third Avenue; Suite 206
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Sudhir Malik sees patients in San Diego, CA. His medical specialties are pediatric neurology and sleep medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: trigger point injections, attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and tourette syndrome. On average, patients gave Dr. Malik a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York, Dr. Malik attended Maulana Azad Medical College for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Malik (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Malik is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Specializes in Family Medicine
2020 Genesee Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Tova Steinhauser specializes in family medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Steinhauser include warts, liver disease, and psoriasis. Dr. Steinhauser is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. After completing medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Franklin Square Hospital Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Steinhauser's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Specializes in Family Medicine
2020 Genesee Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Adeunice Sanchez-Mata specializes in family medicine and practices in San Diego, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sanchez-Mata include warts, psoriasis, and headache. Her patients gave her an average rating of 1.5 out of 5 stars. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sanchez-Mata studied medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally 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)

Specializes in Neurology
300 Fir Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Paul Raffer's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Raffer include nerve conduction studies (NCS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and parkinson's disease. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Raffer is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Specializes in Dermatology
300 Fir Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Elaine Harpster, who practices in San Diego, CA, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Areas of expertise for Dr. Harpster include warts, shingles, and psoriasis. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Harpster is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Specializes in Dermatology
300 Fir Street
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Melancon's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). These areas are among Dr. Melancon's clinical interests: warts, shingles, and acne. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Melancon's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, scleroderma

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

Specializes in Neurology
1224 10th Street; Suite 205
Coronado, CA
 

Dr. Jennifer Jothen's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and tourette syndrome. She honors AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Jothen is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Jothen's practice is open to new patients.

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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.
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