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. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. These areas are among Dr. Martin's clinical interests: myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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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 specializes in osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among her clinical interests: back pain, tremors, and multiple sclerosis (MS). She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Dr. Sengupta performed her residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Dr. Sengupta (or staff) speaks the following foreign 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 works as an adult gastroenterologist in Westlake Village, CA and Glendale, CA. Dr. Shaposhnikov's areas of expertise include the following: bleeding, ulcers, and hepatobiliary disorders. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Her training includes a residency program at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Shaposhnikov (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Russian. She is professionally 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 is a specialist in surgical dermatology. She works in Thousand Oaks, CA and Westlake Village, CA. Her areas of expertise include the following: psoriasis, laser treatment, and surgical procedures. The average patient rating for Dr. Pakula is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Pakula attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. She is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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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 medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His areas of expertise include the following: bleeding, ulcers, and polypectomy (polyp removal). Dr. Nayeb-Hashemi takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nayeb-Hashemi has received the following distinction: Certificate for Excellence in Tutoring - Harvard Medical School. He is affiliated with UCLA Health.

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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's specialty is surgical dermatology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in psoriasis and skin cancer. Dr. Chiu is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Chiu trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Health.

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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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