We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Westlake Village, CA.

Dr. William Joshua Martin, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1250 La Venta Drive; Suite 207
Westlake Village, CA
 

Dr. William Martin's specialty is adult rheumatology. These areas are among Dr. Martin's clinical interests: myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Martin is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Veena Venkatesh Sengupta, MD
Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology
29525 Canwood Drive, Suite 202; 29525 Canwood Drive Suite 202
Agoura Hills, CA
 

Dr. Veena Sengupta's specialties are osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She practices in West Hills, CA and Agoura Hills, CA. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. For her professional training, Dr. Sengupta completed a residency program at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Dr. Sengupta's clinical interests include back pain, tremors, and multiple sclerosis (MS). She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sengupta (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Japanese.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Rimma Shaposhnikov, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1250 La Venta Drive; Suite 211, Westlake Village - Specialty Care, Suite 211
Westlake Village, CA
 

Dr. Rimma Shaposhnikov is a gastroenterologist in Westlake Village, CA and Glendale, CA. Her areas of expertise include the following: bleeding, ulcers, and hepatobiliary disorders. Dr. Shaposhnikov accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Shaposhnikov (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Russian. She is affiliated with UCLA Health.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Foreign Body Removal, Bleeding, Enteroscopy, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anita Susan Pakula, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1250 La Venta Drive; 105
Westlake Village, CA
 

Dr. Anita Pakula specializes in surgical dermatology and practices in Thousand Oaks, CA and Westlake Village, CA. Her clinical interests include psoriasis, laser treatment, and surgical procedures. She is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Pakula attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Dermatomyositis, Eczema, Botox Injection, Injectable Fillers, Chemical Peels, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Hamed Nayeb-Hashemi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
100 Moody Court; Suite 200
Thousand Oaks, CA
 

Dr. Hamed Nayeb-Hashemi is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Nayeb-Hashemi's clinical interests include bleeding, ulcers, and polypectomy (polyp removal). He is affiliated with UCLA Health. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received professional recognition including the following: Certificate for Excellence in Tutoring - Harvard Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Bleeding, Pancreatic Cyst, Acid Reflux, Liver Biopsy, Polypectomy, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Melvin Weiwen Chiu, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1250 La Venta Drive; Suite 100, Westlake Village - Specialty Care, Suite 100
Westlake Village, CA
 

Dr. Melvin Chiu specializes in surgical dermatology. He has a special interest in psoriasis and skin cancer. Dr. Chiu is professionally affiliated with UCLA Health. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Chiu attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chiu accepts. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer

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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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