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We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Simplicity near Highlands Ranch, CO.

Dr. Richard Thomas Meehan, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
8671 S Quebec Street; Suite 120
Highlands Ranch, CO
 

Dr. Richard Meehan's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include autoimmune disorders. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After attending the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school, Dr. Meehan completed his residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University Physicians and National Jewish Health.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Polymyositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Interstitial Lung Disease, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Joel Aaron Friedlander, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1811 Plaza Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO
 

Dr. Joel Friedlander works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Parker, CO, Aurora, CO, and Highlands Ranch, CO. He is conversant in Hebrew. Dr. Friedlander's areas of expertise include obesity, heartburn, and celiac disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado and the University Physicians. Dr. Friedlander attended Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for residency. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Friedlander include: Endoscopy Prize, NASPGHAN; Teddy Bedrossian Compassionate Care Award, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; and Sigma Sigma Phi Osteopathic Honor Soceity, Sigma Sigma Phi.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Metabolism, Nutrition Issues, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Esophagitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Elliot Kramer, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1811 Plaza Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO
 

Dr. Robert Kramer's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include heartburn, celiac disease, and vomiting. His professional affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and the University Physicians. Dr. Kramer accepts United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Kramer has received the following distinctions: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors in AMerica (2005) 2005-present and Best Doctors in America 2005 - 2005-present Best Doctors in AMerica. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Metabolism, Nutrition Issues, Heartburn, Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Irritable ... (Read more)

Dr. Craig Hogan, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
9218 Kimmer Drive
Lone Tree, CO
 

Dr. Craig Hogan's area of specialization is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in emergency care. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hogan attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Hogan's professional affiliations include the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), the University Physicians, and Veterans Health Administration (VA).

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fractures, Knee Problems, Leg Problems, Hip Injury, Arthritis, Joint ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurology
7400 E Arapahoe Road; Suite 100
Centennial, CO
 

Dr. Eric Kelts specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). After attending the University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Strong Memorial Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Kelts include scoliosis, leg problems, and cancer. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kelts is affiliated with Wesley Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Tumor, Sleep Problems, Multiple Sclerosis, Scoliosis, Parkinson's Disease, Brain Problems, Lower ... (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.