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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 is an adult rheumatologist in Santa Monica, CA. Her areas of clinical interest consist of lupus and arthritis. Dr. Rubenstein has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Rubenstein attended medical school at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Arthritis, Lupus

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

Dr. Paul Yamauchi is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Yamauchi is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Rochester Medical Center's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Yamauchi include anti-aging, acne, and psoriasis. The average patient rating for Dr. Yamauchi is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Yamauchi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Japanese. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Skin Cancer, Acne, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Anti-Aging, Skin ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; Suite 360w
Santa Monica, CA

Dr. Marc Wishingrad, who practices in Santa Monica, CA and Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: nutrition counseling, gallbladder problems, and celiac disease. Dr. Wishingrad is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Wishingrad attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Wishingrad include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. In addition to English, Dr. Wishingrad (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Martina Wiedau specializes in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Wiedau's clinical interests include general neurology, myasthenia gravis, and polymyositis. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Marburg Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Wiedau trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. She has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors. She is conversant in German. Her hospital/clinic 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.