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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
110 Irving Street Nw; Suite 2a-66
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Anastasia Markopoulou is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. Markopoulou's practice, she is particularly interested in myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She is affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Markopoulou is a graduate of the University of Crete Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Albany Medical Center's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Markopoulou (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal Problems, Gout, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

Dr. David Michael Katz, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
2041 Georgia Avenue Nw; Towers Building 2100
Washington, DC
 

Dr. David Katz works as a neurologist. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Katz is in-network for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Katz has received the following distinctions: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors; Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors; and Clinical Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology, Georgetown University Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Howard University Hospital and Suburban Hospital (Bethesda, MD).

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Relevant Interests: , neuromyelitis optica, multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Graves disease

All Interests: Intracranial Hypertension, Graves Disease, Meningioma, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Dizziness, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lawrence Kwok Leung Jung, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
111 Michigan Avenue, Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Lawrence Jung is a physician who specializes in pediatric rheumatology. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Jung's areas of clinical interest consist of psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and kawasaki disease. He is affiliated with Children's National Health System. He attended medical school at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at The Hospital for Sick Children and a hospital affiliated with McMaster University. Dr. Jung takes Medicaid insurance. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Jung has received include Earl Brewer Award for Physician Leadership, American Juvenile Arthritis Organization; Health Professional of the Year, Arthritis Foundation, Neb Chapter; and Top Doctors in Washington.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Dermatomyositis, Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Roger Joseph Packer, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neuropsychiatry
111 Michigan Avenue, Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Roger Packer specializes in pediatric neuropsychiatry. Dr. Packer has a special interest in myasthenia gravis and brain tumor. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Packer's training includes a residency program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Children's National Health System, Holy Cross Hospital (Silver Spring, MD), and Shady Grove Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Learning Disabilities, Brain Tumor

Dr. Tova Ronis, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
111 Michigan Avenue Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Tova Ronis is a pediatric rheumatology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ronis include psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and kawasaki disease. Dr. Ronis is affiliated with Children's National Health System and Inova Fairfax Hospital. She takes Medicaid insurance. Before performing her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Ronis attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Ronis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telephone Interpretation and French.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Dermatomyositis, Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
2-phc, Room P2022; 3800 Reservoir Road, Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Thomas Faust's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. His areas of expertise include hepatitis, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and autoimmune disorders. Patient reviews placed Dr. Faust at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Faust honors. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Faust has received professional recognition including the following: Best Doctors in America and Multiple teaching awards. He offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Dr. Henry John Kaminski, MD
Specializes in Neurology
22nd & I Street, Nw; 7th Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Henry Kaminski's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests encompass myasthenia gravis. Dr. Kaminski is professionally affiliated with GW Medical Faculty Associates. He honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Kaminski is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis

Dr. Oyije Susannah Iheagwara, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2041 Georgia Avenue Nw; Office Locations
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Oyije Iheagwara's area of specialization is adult nephrology. Dr. Iheagwara's clinical interests include obesity, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. She is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Jos Faculty of Medical Sciences and Manipal College of Medical Sciences and residency at Howard University Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with Howard University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Gastric Ulcer, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Obesity, Inflammatory Bowel ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
106 Irving Street Nw; Physicians Office Building Suite 2500 North Tower
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Kevin Griffiths practices adult nephrology. In Dr. Griffiths's practice, he is particularly interested in kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health, VA New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCS), and Washington Adventist Hospital. Dr. Griffiths has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Hemodialysis, Lupus, Kidney Problems

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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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