We found 12 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare Advantage near Washington, DC.

Dr. Victoria Kate Shanmugam, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2150 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 2b
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Victoria Shanmugam's specialty is adult rheumatology. She takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is a graduate of Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and Oxford University Medical School and a graduate of Georgetown University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Shanmugam is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health and GW Medical Faculty Associates. She is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Chronic Wounds, Hidradenitis Suppurativa, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Anastasia Markopoulou specializes in general practice and adult rheumatology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Markopoulou takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Albany Medical Center, Dr. Markopoulou attended the University of Crete Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Markopoulou (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. She is affiliated with MedStar Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Markopoulou's office for an appointment.

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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)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
102 Irving Street Nw; Room 2141
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Robert Bunning's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Bunning graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Washington Hospital Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Bunning include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is affiliated with MedStar Health. Dr. Bunning is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, Replacement Arthroplasty, Osteoarthritis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3800 Reservoir Road
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Carol Mitnick, who practices in Washington, DC, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. After attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, she completed her residency training at Georgetown University Hospital. These areas are among her clinical interests: lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Patients gave Dr. Mitnick an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mitnick is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
110 Irving Street Nw; Suite 2a66
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Arthur Weinstein practices adult rheumatology. In Dr. Weinstein's practice, he is particularly interested in lupus, lyme disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. He honors several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Wellesley Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, and Toronto General Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, Lyme Disease

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 6th Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Emily Myers is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Washington, DC. Dr. Myers is rated highly by her patients. She is especially interested in myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Summa Akron City Hospital, Dr. Myers attended Northeast Ohio Medical University for medical school. She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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

Dr. Thomas Faust is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. Dr. Faust offers interpreting services for his patients. His clinical interests include hepatitis, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and autoimmune disorders. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Faust completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Faust honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received professional recognition including the following: Best Doctors in America and Multiple teaching awards. 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)

Specializes in General Practice, Neurology
3800 Reservoir Road N W; 7 Phc Georgetown University Hos
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Benjamin Osborne is a physician who specializes in general practice and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among Dr. Osborne's clinical interests: multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri). He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Georgetown University Hospital. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Osborne accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Osborne's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Intracranial Hypertension, Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Eye Problems

Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
110 Irving Street Nw; #2a44
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Mark Lin is a neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lin include spinal cord injuries, parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Lin's professional affiliations include MedStar Health and Washington DC VA Medical Center. Dr. Lin accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency. He speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Movement Disorders, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Department of Neurology 7 Phc
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Carlo Tornatore specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Tornatore is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tornatore include multiple sclerosis (MS). He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tornatore honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. Tornatore attended Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

Specializes in Neurology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw - 7phc
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Carlos Mora works as a neurologist. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cancer, and brain cancer. Dr. Mora is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Mora accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Mora attended Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school. Dr. Mora is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Brain Cancer, Spinal Cancer, Neurological Disorders

Specializes in Dermatopathology
3800 Reservoir Road North West
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Elizabeth Dugan is a medical specialist in dermatopathology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include lymphoma, autoimmune disorders, and melanoma. She accepts several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Dugan's education and training includes medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Dugan is affiliated with MedStar Health. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Lymphoma, Autoimmune Disorders, Melanoma

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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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