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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.

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

Dr. Leland Greenwald's areas of specialization are neurosurgery and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Greenwald is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass neurological disorders. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Temple University for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Greenwald's practice 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 practices adult gastroenterology. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Huang's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Huang attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Cancer, Barrett's Esophagus, ... (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 Mountain View, CA physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). She is conversant in Japanese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Murase include skin issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Dr. Murase completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting 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. Peter William Simpson, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
701 E. El Camino Real; North Wing, 1st Floor
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Peter Simpson's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Simpson include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Simpson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After attending the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Dr. Simpson has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Simpson accepts. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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
701 E El Camino Real; Department of Dermatology
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Regina-Celeste Ahmad's specialty is pediatric dermatology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include skin issues. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ahmad attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Ahmad is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting 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. Terry T Farsani, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
701 E El Camino Real; Department of Dermatology
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Terry Farsani is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. Dr. Farsani (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Dr. Farsani's clinical interests include skin issues. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University. Dr. Farsani accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Chien-Ye Liu's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Liu's practice, he is particularly interested in neurological disorders. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Liu attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 is a gastroenterologist in Mountain View, CA. She has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Shetler has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She completed her residency training at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Shetler speaks Russian. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Shetler welcomes new patients.

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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 is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Her clinical interests include skin issues. Dr. Lewallen takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and a graduate of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center's residency program. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Lewallen's practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Ellen Deconinck works as a dermatologist. Dr. Deconinck's clinical interests include skin issues. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Her education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Deconinck is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Bryan Cho's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). In his practice, he is particularly interested in skin issues. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Cho accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Cho is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Jerry Lai is an ophthalmologist in Sunnyvale, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Lai include plastic surgery procedures and eye problems. Dr. Lai is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Lai (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Lai is accepting 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. Kimberly Natee Kanada, MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Internal Medicine
401 Old San Francisco Road
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Kimberly Kanada's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Her areas of expertise include skin issues. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Kanada graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, Dr. Kanada speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Lara Wong specializes in adult endocrinology. In her practice, Dr. Wong focuses on diabetes and metabolism. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine and performed her residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wong takes. Dr. Wong is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

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

Dr. Tan Nguyen's specialty is general internal medicine. In his practice, Dr. Nguyen focuses on general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen honors. He attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Nguyen trained at Jacobi Medical Center for residency. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Cancer Screening, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Education, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Eliana Krulig practices dermatology (skin disorders) in Sunnyvale, CA and Mountain View, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Krulig include skin issues. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She is open to new patients. She graduated from Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to English, Dr. Krulig speaks Spanish.

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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.