We found 3 immunologists who accept Anthem near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Dr. Vinay Chandra Gowda, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Vinay Gowda's specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Gowda completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Gowda welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Daniel C Kim, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine
2025 Soquel Avenue; 2nd Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Kim is a pediatric allergist and immunologist in Santa Cruz, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Kim average 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kim accepts. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kim is conversant in Korean. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
3329 Mission Drive
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Alan Goldsobel's specialty is allergy & immunology. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Dr. Goldsobel accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency.

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What is Immunology?

Immunology is the study and treatment of the immune system. This system is a complex arrangement that protects the body from foreign material and disease. If cells, viruses, or bacteria get past your skin and into your body where they can cause damage, the immune system works to find and destroy them.

If your immune system does not work effectively due to a disorder or infection, you may be treated by a clinical immunologist. Immunologists work to keep immune systems functioning as well as possible and to keep patients with weakened immune systems healthy. Some of the conditions an immunologist might treat include:
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Organ transplants, where the immune system must be suppressed to prevent infection
  • Primary immunodeficiencies, a number of rare disorders that make patients unusually susceptible to infections

The field of immunology has a great deal of overlap with other specialties that deal with the immune system. Specialists in immunology may, for example, treat patients with allergies or autoimmune disorders and vice-versa. The specialties related to clinical immunology are rheumatology, allergy-immunology, and infectious disease:
  • If the immune system is overreacting and attacking one’s own body instead of foreign material, the result can be inflammation and autoimmune disorders. Some diseases caused by an overactive immune system include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and fibromyalgia. Overactive immune disorders are most often treated by a rheumatologist.
  • If the immune system is misfiring and reacting to harmless material, the result is allergies or asthma. Sometimes these immune responses are so extreme that they can be life-threatening. Severe allergies can be treated by an allergist-immunologist.
  • Sometimes infections overwhelm the immune system. A physician who studies how the immune system responds to infection and how infections spread is called an infectious disease specialist. Infectious disease specialists may treat such serious illnesses as MRSA, lyme disease, or tuberculosis. Of all the immunology-related specialties, there is the most overlap between infectious disease management and clinical immunology because patients with weakened immune systems are more likely to catch diseases.

Immunologists treat and protect your body’s own defense system so that you can stay as healthy as possible.
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