We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept First Health near Santa Monica, CA.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1328 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Elyse Rubenstein practices adult rheumatology in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Rubenstein has a special interest in lupus and arthritis. Before performing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Rubenstein attended Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rubenstein has an open panel.

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All Interests: Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Paul Steven Yamauchi, PhD, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; #1160w
Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Paul Yamauchi is a surgical dermatologist in Santa Monica, CA. On average, patients gave Dr. Yamauchi a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include facial problems, acne, and psoriasis. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yamauchi's education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Japanese. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Yamauchi's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Injectable Fillers, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, YAG Laser ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1919 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 200
Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Marc Wishingrad is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Santa Monica, CA and Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Wishingrad (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. These areas are among his clinical interests: nutrition counseling, gallbladder problems, and celiac disease. Dr. Wishingrad is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Wishingrad graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wishingrad has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, scleroderma

All Interests: Bulimia, Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
1801 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Martina Wiedau, who practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: general neurology, myasthenia gravis, and polymyositis. Dr. Wiedau takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She graduated from the University of Marburg Faculty of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Wiedau has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors. She is conversant in German. Her professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Polymyositis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Headache, Neck Pain, Hydrocephalus, General Neurology, ... (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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