We found 12 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Dr. Kuntal Mihir Thaker, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kuntal Thaker sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Thaker takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before performing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Thaker attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Thaker (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Thaker's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Josh P Novic, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; #d
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Josh Novic's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Novic's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Novic include neurological disorders. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After attending Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Novic completed his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Novic (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Dutch. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Novic welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Brain Hemorrhage, Nerve Conduction Studies, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc H Levin, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neuro-Ophthalmology
2025 Soquel Avenue; Level 3
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Marc Levin's medical specialty is neuro-ophthalmology. He is especially interested in eye problems. Dr. Levin is affiliated with 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, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Levin attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Scheie Eye Institute.

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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. Michael A Gansaeuer, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; Suite F
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Michael Gansaeuer is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Gansaeuer attended medical school at the University of Cologne Faculty of Medicine. He has a special interest in peripheral neuropathy, stroke, and neurological disorders. On average, patients gave Dr. Gansaeuer a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gansaeuer (or staff) is conversant in German and French. Dr. Gansaeuer's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Stroke, Epilepsy, Neurological Disorders, Memory Loss, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Brandon Donald Culver, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Brent Culver is a rheumatologist. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego. In his practice, Dr. Culver focuses on rheumatic diseases. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Culver is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Kourosh F Ghassemi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1662 Dominican Way
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kourosh Ghassemi's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ghassemi honors. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Ghassemi is conversant in Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary M. Morrill Morrill, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Mary Chuba works as a dermatological immunologist in Soquel, CA and Los Gatos, CA. She studied medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for residency. Dr. Chuba's clinical interests encompass skin issues. Dr. Chuba is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chuba takes. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Chuba's practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Injectable Fillers, Rosacea, Laser Treatment, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Grant Andrew De La Motte, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; Suite D
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Grant Delamotte's specialties are neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests encompass neurological disorders. On average, patients gave Dr. Delamotte a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Delamotte accepts. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Delamotte's practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Dementia, Brain Hemorrhage, Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian T Brunelli, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; #d
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Brian Brunelli is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Brunelli's clinical interests include neurological disorders. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Brunelli attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University for residency. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Myasthenia Gravis, Evoked Potential Test, Nerve Conduction Studies, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marin S Muller, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Marin Muller's specialty is general internal medicine. He graduated from the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Muller's areas of expertise include general care. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Muller (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Heart Problems, General Care, Celiac Disease, HIV/AIDS

Dr. Gilbert Goodman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Gilbert Goodman specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Newport Beach, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. He has a special interest in general care. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Goodman completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Goodman is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Low Testosterone, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Bone Diseases, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Margaret Jacqueline Mioduszewski, MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Other
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Margaret Mioduszewski specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). After attending the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mioduszewski include skin issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mioduszewski takes. Dr. Mioduszewski (or staff) is conversant in French and Polish. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Herpes, Hair Problems, Rosacea, Scabies, Shingles, Mole ... (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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