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

Dr. Jenny Murase is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is especially interested in skin issues. Dr. Murase's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She welcomes new patients. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Murase attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Japanese.

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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 specializes in pediatric dermatology. In Dr. Ahmad's practice, she is particularly interested in skin issues. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Ahmad trained at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital for her residency. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally 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, 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, who practices in Mountain View, CA and San Jose, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Huang takes. Dr. Huang welcomes new patients. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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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. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Simpson include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Simpson takes. Before completing his residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Dr. Simpson attended medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Simpson's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice 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's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests encompass neurological disorders. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Liu accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at Stanford University Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Liu is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Robin Lewallen's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). She has a special interest in skin issues. Dr. Lewallen accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and a graduate of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Lewallen's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting 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. 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). She has a special interest in skin issues. Dr. Farsani honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard University. Dr. Farsani (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Farsani's 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. Ellen Chieko De Coninck, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
401 Old San Francisco Road; 2nd Floor
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Ellen Deconinck's medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). She has indicated that her clinical interests include skin issues. Dr. Deconinck's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Deconinck is professionally 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: Injectable Fillers, Rosacea, Skin Issues, Cancer Screening, Moles, Psoriasis, Botox Injection, ... (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. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She has indicated that her clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Shetler's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Shetler honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Her practice is open to new patients. Her residency was performed at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Shetler speaks Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Jerry Lai works as an ophthalmologist. His clinical interests include eye problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lai honors. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. Dr. Lai (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin and Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Lai welcomes 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 sees patients in Mountain View, CA, Sunnyvale, CA, and Los Gatos, CA. His medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Cho's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass skin issues. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, 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 and then he performed his residency 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. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Leland Greenwald sees patients in Mountain View, CA. His medical specialties are neurosurgery and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include neurological disorders. Dr. Greenwald has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. He is professionally affiliated with 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. Lara Lyn An Wong, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
701 E. El Camino Real; South Wing, 3rd Floor
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Lara Wong sees patients in Mountain View, CA. Her medical specialty is adult endocrinology. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Wong has a special interest in diabetes and metabolism. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wong honors. After completing medical school at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Wong welcomes new patients.

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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 practices dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Kanada speaks Spanish. In her practice, Dr. Kanada focuses on skin issues. Her professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Kanada's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. 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. Tan Michael Nguyen, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
301 Old San Francisco Road; Level 2
Sunnyvale, CA
 

Dr. Tan Nguyen's area of specialization is general internal medicine. He is especially interested in general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nguyen honors. Before performing his residency at Jacobi Medical Center, Dr. Nguyen attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school. He is professionally 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: , 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 works as a dermatologist in Sunnyvale, CA and Mountain View, CA. Dr. Krulig is conversant in Spanish. She has indicated that her clinical interests include skin issues. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Krulig's practice is open to 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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