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, who practices in Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include lupus and arthritis. Dr. Rubenstein's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rubenstein is a graduate of Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. She is professionally affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center. She welcomes new patients.

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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. Dr. Yamauchi has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: facial problems, acne, and psoriasis. He is professionally affiliated with VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Providence Saint John's Health Center. Dr. Yamauchi is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Yamauchi speaks Japanese.

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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
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Marc Wishingrad is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Wishingrad's areas of expertise include nutrition counseling, gallbladder problems, and celiac disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wishingrad takes. 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). Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Wishingrad (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. His professional affiliations include VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Providence Saint John's Health Center, and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Wishingrad is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, scleroderma

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Scleroderma, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Intestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Martina Wiedau is a neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Wiedau attended medical school at the University of Marburg Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Wiedau trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her areas of expertise include general neurology, myasthenia gravis, and polymyositis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wiedau honors. Dr. Wiedau has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Women Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks German. She is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Providence Saint John's Health Center, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is accepting 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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