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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 sees patients in Westlake Village, CA and Santa Monica, CA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Martin attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Martin's areas of expertise include myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. His hospital/clinic 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. 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 a gastroenterologist in Westlake Village, CA, Glendale, CA, and Thousand Oaks, CA. She attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Shaposhnikov include bleeding, ulcers, and cancer. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Shaposhnikov (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Russian. Her professional affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and UCLA Health. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Foreign Body Removal, Bleeding, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Hepatobiliary ... (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 is a physician who specializes in osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Sengupta include back pain, tremors, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Sengupta takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school and subsequently trained at Parkland Health & Hospital System for residency. 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. Anita Susan Pakula, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1250 La Venta Drive; 105
Westlake Village, CA
 

Dr. Anita Pakula's specialty is surgical dermatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pakula include psoriasis, laser treatment, and surgical procedures. Patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pakula takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pakula attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency. She is 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 physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. 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). 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Certificate for Excellence in Tutoring - Harvard Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Health.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Bleeding, Pancreatic Cysts, 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 works as a surgical dermatologist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Chiu attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His clinical interests encompass psoriasis and skin cancer. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He is 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.