We found 16 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Spectrum PPO Savings Plan near Sunnyvale, CA.

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Dr. Leland Mark Greenwald, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Neurology
701 E. El Camino Real; North Wing, 2nd Floor
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Leland Greenwald is a neurosurgeon and neurologist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in neurological disorders. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Greenwald studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Greenwald trained at a hospital affiliated with Temple University for his residency. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Greenwald welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Dizziness, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Stroke, Epilepsy, Neurological ... (Read more)

Dr. Jenny Eileen Murase, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
701 E. El Camino Real; North Wing, 3rd Floor
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Jenny Murase is a dermatologist in Mountain View, CA. Dr. Murase is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Her clinical interests include skin issues. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Murase is conversant in Japanese. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Murase welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Contact Dermatitis, Injectable Fillers, Herpes, Allergy ... (Read more)

Dr. Regina-Celeste Shahnaz Ahmad, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
701 E El Camino Real; Department of Dermatology
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Regina-Celeste Ahmad is a specialist in pediatric dermatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Ahmad include skin issues. Dr. Ahmad is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Ahmad attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Contact Dermatitis, Herpes, Rosacea, Laser Treatment, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Shengwen Huang, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
701 East El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Edward Huang is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Mountain View, CA and San Jose, CA. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Huang graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Cancer, Barrett's Esophagus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter William Simpson, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
701 E. El Camino Real; North Wing, 1st Floor
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Peter Simpson is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Simpson takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Simpson graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Chien-Ye Liu, MD
Specializes in Neurology
701 E. El Camino Real; North Wing, 2nd Floor
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Chien-Ye Liu is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Los Gatos, CA and Mountain View, CA. Dr. Liu has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Liu include neurological disorders. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Liu graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Dizziness, Neck Pain, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Nerve Conduction Studies, Stroke, Epilepsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Katerina P Shetler, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
701 E. El Camino Real; North Wing, 1st Floor
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Katerina Shetler's specialty is adult gastroenterology. She has a special interest in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Patient ratings for Dr. Shetler average 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Shetler trained at California Pacific Medical Center for her residency. She is conversant in Russian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fecal Incontinence, Gastrointestinal Problems, Pancreas ... (Read more)

Dr. Robin Schroeder Schroeder, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
401 Old San Francisco Road; Sunnyvale Center (401)
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Robin Lewallen's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Areas of expertise for Dr. Lewallen include skin issues. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Lewallen graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Lewallen has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Rosacea, Skin Issues, Hair Loss, Skin Tag Removal, Skin Surgery, Cancer Screening, Moles, ... (Read more)

Dr. Terry T Farsani, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
701 E El Camino Real; Department of Dermatology
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Terry Farsani practices dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Farsani's clinical interests encompass skin issues. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Farsani completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University. In addition to English, Dr. Farsani (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Contact Dermatitis, Herpes, Allergy Skin Testing, Rosacea, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Ellen Chieko De Coninck, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
401 Old San Francisco Road; 2nd Floor
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Ellen Deconinck works as a dermatologist. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Deconinck is especially interested in skin issues. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She attended Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Deconinck has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Injectable Fillers, Rosacea, Skin Issues, Cancer Screening, Moles, Psoriasis, Botox Injection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jerry Lai, MD
Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
1085 W. El Camino Real; Level 3
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Jerry Lai's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lai include eye problems. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Lai (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Lai is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Skin Cancer, Facial Problems, Eye Problems, Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Problems, Botox ... (Read more)

Dr. Bryan K Cho, PhD, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
401 Old San Francisco Road; Level 2
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Bryan Cho's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cho include skin issues. Dr. Cho takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Cho's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Skin Infection, Allergy Skin Testing, Rosacea, Spider Veins, Mole Removal, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Lara Lyn An Wong, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
701 E. El Camino Real; South Wing, 3rd Floor
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Lara Wong is an adult endocrinology specialist in Mountain View, CA. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Wong is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Wong is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, Dr. Wong attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy, Diabetes, Thyroid Nodules, Metabolism, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kimberly Natee Kanada, MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Internal Medicine
401 Old San Francisco Road
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Kimberly Kanada is a dermatologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kanada include skin issues. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Kanada is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She welcomes new patients. After attending the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, Dr. Kanada completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Scleroderma, Herpes, Nail Surgery, Allergy Skin Testing, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tan Michael Nguyen, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
301 Old San Francisco Road; Level 2
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Tan Nguyen is a Sunnyvale, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. In his practice, Dr. Nguyen focuses on general care. Dr. Nguyen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Nguyen is open to new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and residency at Jacobi Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Diabetes, Arthritis, General Care, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Heart Failure, Asthma, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Eliana Krulig, MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Internal Medicine
401 Old San Francisco Road
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Eliana Krulig specializes in dermatology (skin disorders) and practices in Sunnyvale, CA and Mountain View, CA. She speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Krulig include skin issues. Dr. Krulig's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Krulig completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Krulig honors. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Injectable Fillers, Rosacea, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, ... (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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