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

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

Dr. William Martin is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Martin's areas of expertise include myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency.

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

Dr. Anita Pakula works as a surgical dermatologist. Dr. Pakula's clinical interests include psoriasis, laser treatment, and surgical procedures. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Pakula completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. 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. Melvin Weiwen Chiu, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
1250 La Venta Drive; Suite 100, Westlake Village - Specialty Care, Suite 100
Westlake Village, CA
 

Dr. Melvin Chiu practices dermatology (skin disorders) in Santa Monica, CA, Westlake Village, CA, and Thousand Oaks, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: psoriasis and skin cancer. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chiu honors. 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. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He is affiliated with UCLA Health and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer

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

Dr. Veena Sengupta practices osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Sengupta graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and then she performed her residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Her clinical interests include back pain, tremors, and multiple sclerosis (MS). She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Sengupta (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Japanese. Dr. Sengupta is affiliated with West Hills Hospital & Medical Center.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. Before completing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Shaposhnikov attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shaposhnikov include bleeding, ulcers, and hepatobiliary disorders. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Shaposhnikov (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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. Hamed Nayeb-Hashemi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
100 Moody Court; Suite 200
Thousand Oaks, CA
 

Dr. Hamed Nayeb-Hashemi's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Nayeb-Hashemi include bleeding, ulcers, and polypectomy (polyp removal). Dr. Nayeb-Hashemi is professionally affiliated with UCLA Health. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Nayeb-Hashemi's training includes a residency program 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)

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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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