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

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

Dr. Kuntal Thaker is a Santa Cruz, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Thaker's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thaker honors. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Thaker's residency was performed at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Thaker (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Thaker 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 works as a neurologist. In addition to English, Dr. Novic (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Dutch. He has indicated that his clinical interests include neurological disorders. Dr. Novic's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Novic's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Novic is open to new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Marc Levin specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in San Francisco, CA, Palo Alto, CA, and San Carlos, CA. His clinical interests encompass eye problems. Dr. Levin honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at Scheie Eye Institute. Dr. Levin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Brent Culver specializes in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is especially interested in rheumatic diseases. Dr. Culver takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He trained at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego for residency. Dr. Culver is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Culver's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , 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 areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Ghassemi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. 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). In addition to English, Dr. Ghassemi speaks Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Michael Gansaeuer's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patients rated Dr. Gansaeuer highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass peripheral neuropathy, stroke, and neurological disorders. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gansaeuer is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Cologne Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Gansaeuer (or staff) is conversant in German and French.

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

Dr. Mary Chuba's area of specialization is dermatological immunology. Dr. Chuba's clinical interests encompass skin issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Dr. Chuba attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Chuba is 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting 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. Brian T Brunelli, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; #d
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Brian Brunelli works as a neurologist. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Brunelli include neurological disorders. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brunelli takes. Dr. Brunelli's education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. In Dr. Muller's practice, he is particularly interested in general care. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Muller (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and French. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Muller has an open panel.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Goodman include general care. Dr. Goodman is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Goodman is open to new patients. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital.

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

Dr. Grant Delamotte specializes in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Santa Cruz, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Delamotte include neurological disorders. Dr. Delamotte's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His education and training includes medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Delamotte accepts. Dr. Delamotte welcomes new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Margaret Mioduszewski is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). In her practice, Dr. Mioduszewski focuses on skin issues. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, Dr. Mioduszewski attended medical school at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mioduszewski (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Polish. Dr. Mioduszewski's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network 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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