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We found 15 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 practices neurosurgery and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Mountain View, CA. His clinical interests encompass neurological disorders. Dr. Greenwald's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Temple University. The average patient rating for Dr. Greenwald is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Greenwald accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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 in Mountain View, CA and San Jose, CA. He is especially interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Huang is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Huang is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Upper Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Cancer, ... (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, who practices in Mountain View, CA, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Clinical interests for Dr. Murase include skin issues. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Murase takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Murase graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. In addition to English, she speaks 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. Peter William Simpson, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
701 E. El Camino Real; North Wing, 1st Floor
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Peter Simpson specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Mountain View, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Simpson average 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Simpson honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program 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
701 E El Camino Real; Department of Dermatology
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Regina-Celeste Ahmad sees patients in Mountain View, CA and Los Gatos, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric dermatology. In her practice, Dr. Ahmad focuses on skin issues. Dr. Ahmad accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Ahmad is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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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's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Farsani (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Her clinical interests encompass skin issues. Dr. Farsani's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Farsani performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. She 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 is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In his practice, Dr. Liu focuses on neurological disorders. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Liu accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Liu is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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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 an adult gastroenterology specialist in Mountain View, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Shetler speaks Russian. Her areas of expertise include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Shetler completed her residency training at California Pacific Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Shetler is 5.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Robin Lewallen specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). In her practice, Dr. Lewallen focuses on skin issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lewallen takes. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She trained at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Lewallen is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She 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. Ellen Chieko De Coninck, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
401 Old San Francisco Road; 2nd Floor
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Ellen Deconinck practices dermatology (skin disorders) in Mountain View, CA and Sunnyvale, CA. Dr. Deconinck's clinical interests include skin issues. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency. 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

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 specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Cho include skin issues. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Cho is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to 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. Kimberly Natee Kanada, MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Internal Medicine
401 Old San Francisco Road
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Kimberly Kanada sees patients in Sunnyvale, CA and Mountain View, CA. Her medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Kanada obtained her medical school training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her clinical interests encompass skin issues. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kanada accepts. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Kanada's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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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's specialty is adult endocrinology. Her clinical interests include diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Wong's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine. She trained at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Wong has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wong takes. She has an open panel.

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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 specializes in general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nguyen include general care. Dr. Nguyen is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at Jacobi Medical Center for residency. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Nguyen is open to new patients.

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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 is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. Dr. Krulig speaks Spanish. Her clinical interests encompass skin issues. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She graduated from Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Krulig accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She is accepting 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.