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We found 7 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 medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. His professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Martin attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Martin honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 207
Westlake Village, CA
 

Dr. Rimma Shaposhnikov, who practices in Westlake Village, CA, Glendale, CA, and Thousand Oaks, CA, is a medical specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). In addition to English, Dr. Shaposhnikov (or staff) speaks Spanish and Russian. Her areas of expertise include bleeding, ulcers, and cancer. She is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and UCLA Health. Dr. Shaposhnikov attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Her practice is open to 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 specialist in osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Sengupta (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Japanese. Her clinical interests include back pain, tremors, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Sengupta graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Her medical residency was performed at Parkland Health & Hospital System. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield.

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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 Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
1250 La Venta Drive; 105
Westlake Village, CA
 

Dr. Anita Pakula sees patients in Thousand Oaks, CA and Westlake Village, CA. Her medical specialty is pediatric dermatology. Dr. Pakula's clinical interests include psoriasis, laser treatment, and cosmetic skin treatment. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She 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. Melvin Weiwen Chiu, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
1250 La Venta Drive; Suite 211
Westlake Village, CA
 

Dr. Melvin Chiu's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). These areas are among Dr. Chiu's clinical interests: academic dermatology, phototherapy (light therapy), and psoriasis. He is affiliated with UCLA Health. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Chiu has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Academic Dermatology, Skin Issues, Phototherapy

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. These areas are among his clinical interests: bleeding, ulcers, and polypectomy (polyp removal). Dr. Nayeb-Hashemi is affiliated with UCLA Health. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Nayeb-Hashemi trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Certificate for Excellence in Tutoring - Harvard Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. James S Weintraub, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
1240 S Westlake Boulevard; Suite 102
Westlake Village, CA
 

Dr. James Weintraub practices pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His clinical interests include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. Dr. Weintraub accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Weintraub completed residency programs at Chestnut Hill Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Skin of Color, ... (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.