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We found 12 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Spectrum PPO Savings Plan near Sunnyvale, CA.

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. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She is especially interested in academic dermatology, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Murase honors. After completing medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. In addition to English, Dr. Murase speaks Japanese. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Leland Greenwald practices neurosurgery and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Greenwald is 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in neurological disorders. He takes Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Temple University. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Greenwald is open to 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. Edward Shengwen Huang, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
701 East El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Edward Huang works as an adult gastroenterologist. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Huang's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Huang welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Huang completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Cancer, ... (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 works as a gastroenterologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Simpson average 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Simpson include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Simpson honors. He is open to new patients. After attending the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Dr. Simpson completed his residency training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Regina-Celeste Shahnaz Ahmad, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
401 Old San Francisco Road; Level 2
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Regina-Celeste Ahmad is a physician who specializes in pediatric dermatology. Dr. Ahmad speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ahmad include skin issues. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Ahmad's training includes a residency program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She is in-network for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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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. 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 physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Liu's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Liu focuses on neurological disorders. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Liu attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency.

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

Dr. Terry Farsani sees patients in Mountain View, CA. Her medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). In her practice, Dr. Farsani focuses on skin issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University, Dr. Farsani attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. 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
401 Old San Francisco Road; 2nd Floor
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Clinical interests for Dr. Ellen Deconinck include skin issues. Dr. Deconinck has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Deconinck is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Rosacea, Skin Issues, Cancer Screening, Moles, Psoriasis, Botox Injection, Basal Cell Carcinoma, ... (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 practices adult gastroenterology. She is rated highly by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shetler include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shetler honors. She has an open panel. She trained at California Pacific Medical Center for residency. She speaks Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Nina Kaur Hansra, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
401 Old San Francisco Road
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Nina Hansra's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). In her practice, Dr. Hansra focuses on skin issues. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for her residency. Dr. Hansra is conversant in Punjabi. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Herpes, Rosacea, Scabies, Shingles, Mole Removal, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Bryan Cho is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist in Mountain View, CA, Sunnyvale, CA, and Los Gatos, CA. His clinical interests include skin issues. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Cho accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Cho completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Cho is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Chemical Peels, Skin Infection, Allergy Skin Testing, Rosacea, Spider Veins, Mole ... (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 a Mountain View, CA physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Wong is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Wong honors Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Diabetes, Thyroid Nodules, Fine Needle Aspiration, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, ... (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.