We found 32 immunologists who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Santa Monica, CA.

Dr. Raffi Tachdjian, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
1301 20th Street; Suite 380
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Raffi Tachdjian is a pediatric allergy & immunology specialist in Burbank, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Tachdjian has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include asthma, headache, and chronic pain. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Tachdjian accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. After attending Morehouse School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tachdjian has received professional recognition including the following: Voted Best Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Tachdjian (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Armenian.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Allergies, Chronic Pain, Asthma

Specializes in Internal Medicine, Allergy & Immunology
11500 W. Olympic Boulevard; Suite 630
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Saraleen Benouni is a specialist in allergy & immunology. Her areas of clinical interest consist of migraine, asthma, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Benouni takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. She graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and then she performed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Benouni include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Benouni (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. She is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. She welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Allergies, Sinus Problems, Acid Reflux, Migraine, Asthma

Dr. Marine Demirjian, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Marine Demirjian specializes in adult allergy & immunology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Demirjian include asthma and allergies. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Demirjian honors. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Demirjian has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Demirjian (or staff) speaks Spanish and Armenian. Her professional affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Adventist Health System. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Allergies, Asthma

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology, Allergy & Immunology
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; 660w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Gary Gibbon's areas of specialization are adult pulmonology and allergy & immunology; he sees patients in Santa Monica, CA and Los Angeles, CA. He is especially interested in asthma. Dr. Gibbon's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences. His medical residency was performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Gibbon has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Gibbon welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Asthma

Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
11500 W. Olympic Boulevard; Suite 630
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Lee Sheinkopf is a medical specialist in allergy & immunology. She studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Sheinkopf trained at VA Wadsworth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. In her practice, she is particularly interested in asthma and allergies. On average, patients gave Dr. Sheinkopf a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Sheinkopf is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Allergies, Asthma

Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; 660w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Alan Szeftel's medical specialty is allergy & immunology. Dr. Szeftel studied medicine at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences. He trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital for his residency. His clinical interests include anti-aging, asthma, and allergies. Dr. Szeftel has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Szeftel has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Anti-Aging, Allergies, Asthma

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Allergy & Immunology, Adult Pulmonology
1301 20th Street; Suite 360
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Gilbert Kuhn works as an adult critical care specialist, allergist and immunologist, and pulmonologist. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: asthma, general care, and allergies. Dr. Kuhn honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Kuhn has an open panel. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at VA Wadsworth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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Clinical interests: Allergies, General Care, Asthma

Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
1301 20th Street; Suite 220
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Bernard Geller is a pediatric allergist and immunologist in Santa Monica, CA. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: asthma, headache, and allergies. Dr. Geller is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Geller attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Geller is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Allergies, Sinus Problems, Asthma

Dr. Ronald M Ferdman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
4650 Sunset Boulevard, Ms 75; Division of Clinical Immunology & Allergy
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Ferdman specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ferdman takes. He is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Ferdman is affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Clinical interests: Atopic Dermatitis, Allergies, Asthma

Dr. Joseph August Church, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
4650 Sunset Boulevard, Ms 75; Division of Clinical Immunology & Allergy
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Church practices pediatric allergy & immunology. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Dr. Church attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Children's National Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Church has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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Dr. Peck Yeow Ong, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
4650 Sunset Boulevard, Ms 75; Division of Clinical Immunology & Allergy
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Peck Ong sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Arcadia, CA. His medical specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. Dr. Ong is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at White Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Ong attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Mandarin. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Dr. Maria Ines Garcia-Lloret, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
1131 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 202
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Maria Garcia-Lloret's medical specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. Dr. Garcia-Lloret attended the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Garcia-Lloret takes. She has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Garcia-Lloret (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Italian. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Dr. Talal A Chatila, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
10833 Le Conte Avenue; 12-441 Mdcc
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Talal Chatila's specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. His areas of expertise include asthma. Dr. Chatila is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Tufts Health Plan insurance. His practice is open to new patients. He studied medicine at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Chatila has received include Boston Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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Clinical interests: Asthma

Dr. Samantha Ruthe Gendelman, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Adult Allergy & Immunology
1245 16th Street; Suite 303
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Samantha Gendelman is a medical specialist in adult allergy & immunology. These areas are among her clinical interests: immunodeficiency, asthma, and angioedema. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU), Dr. Gendelman attended medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars.

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Clinical interests: Immunodeficiency, Atopic Dermatitis, Allergies, Angioedema, Asthma, Medication

Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Michael Roberts' medical specialty is allergy & immunology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Roberts takes. Dr. Roberts studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Roberts has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors 2008 and Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
1245 16th Street; Suite 303
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Rita Kachru practices adult allergy & immunology. She is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed her residency training at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Kachru is rated highly by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Food Allergy Research Education Clinical Care Network Grant. In addition to English, Dr. Kachru speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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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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