We found 18 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare HMO near San Mateo, CA.

Dr. Michael Popkin Stevens, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
101 S San Mateo Drive; Suite 307
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Michael Stevens works as an adult rheumatologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stevens include autoimmune disorders and rheumatic diseases. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Stevens accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Stevens has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Stevens is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). He welcomes new patients.

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She has a special interest in rheumatic diseases. Dr. Kelly's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She has an open panel. Dr. Kelly is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford Hospital & Clinics' residency program. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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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 physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave Dr. Thorburn a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Thorburn include vasculitis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. She trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Thorburn is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Thorburn welcomes 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. Ernesto Zatarain Rios, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1501 Trousdale Drive; Building B, 3rd Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Ernesto Zatarain-Rios is an adult rheumatology specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Zatarain-Rios average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in rheumatic diseases. Dr. Zatarain-Rios's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zatarain-Rios takes. His practice is open to new patients. He graduated from Autonomous University of Chihuahua Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, Sjogren's Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lynn C Sydor Israelit, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1501 Trousdale Drive; 2nd Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Lynn Sydor practices dermatology (skin disorders) in Burlingame, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sydor include skin issues. She is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Sydor takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Sydor's residency was performed at Ohio State University Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). She is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Contact Dermatitis, Injectable Fillers, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrea Michelle Tom, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
301 Industrial Road; Level 2
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Andrea Tom practices adult endocrinology in Palo Alto, CA and San Carlos, CA. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Tom has indicated that her clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. She is professionally 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 welcomes new patients. She attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

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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 works as an ophthalmologist in San Francisco, CA, Palo Alto, CA, and San Carlos, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Levin include eye problems. Dr. Levin's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. His practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and a graduate of Scheie Eye Institute's residency program.

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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. Robert Steven Hoffman, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1501 Trousdale Drive; Building B, 4th Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Robert Hoffman specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Burlingame, CA. Dr. Hoffman's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in neurological disorders. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Hoffman attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Dr. Hoffman welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Dizziness, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Stroke, Epilepsy, Neurological Disorders, Vertigo, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael David Bender, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
1501 Trousdale Drive; Building B, 2nd Floor
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Michael Bender's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patients rated Dr. Bender highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Bender focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Dr. Bender honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. For his professional training, Dr. Bender completed residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fecal Incontinence, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. William D Zigrang, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1750 El Camino Real; Suite 202
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. William Zigrang's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Dr. Zigrang is conversant in French. Clinical interests for Dr. Zigrang include diabetes and metabolism. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). Dr. Zigrang studied medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zigrang is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Menopause, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Graves Disease, Metabolic Syndrome, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Eugene Lee's specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). On average, patients gave Dr. Lee a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Lee focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). Dr. Lee is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He is open to new patients. He studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Lee trained at Strong Memorial Hospital for his residency. Dr. Lee (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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. 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 addition to English, Dr. Gilliam speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include the following: dermatitis (skin inflammation), laser treatment, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Gilliam honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Laser Treatment, Skin Issues, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Dermatitis

Dr. Seema Nair, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1501 Trousdale Drive; Floor 4
Burlingame, CA
 

Dr. Seema Nair's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). After completing medical school at Calicut Medical College, she performed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital and Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Nair is especially interested in neurological disorders. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Nair (or staff) speaks Hindi and Malayalam. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Dizziness, Neck Pain, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Movement Disorders, Stroke, Epilepsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter K Webb, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
50 S San Mateo Drive; Suite 350
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Peter Webb's specialty is surgical dermatology. He is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Webb trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His areas of expertise include the following: phototherapy (light therapy), mole removal, and dermabrasion. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Webb is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Webb's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Transplant Procedures, Botox Injection, Hair Transplant, Sclerotherapy, Basal Cell ... (Read more)

Dr. Norra A Kwong, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
301 Industrial Road; Level 2
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Norra Kwong is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Kwong include diabetes and metabolism. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Kwong completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. She is affiliated with 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, Type 1 Diabetes, Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy, Testosterone Injections, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce L Maltz, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
280 Baldwin Avenue
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Maltz works as a dermatopathologist and surgical dermatologist in San Mateo, CA. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Maltz's clinical interests include facial problems, tattoo removal, and collagen injections. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Maltz graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Maltz completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, Dr. Maltz (or staff) speaks Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Athlete's Foot, Sclerotherapy, Injectable Fillers, Chemical Peels, Facial Problems, Spider Veins, ... (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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