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We found 13 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 area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Shanmugam's professional affiliations include MedStar Health and GW Medical Faculty Associates. 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. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shanmugam honors. Her practice 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)

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

Dr. Robert Bunning is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Bunning attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Bunning completed a residency program at Washington Hospital Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Bunning include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Bunning is in-network for several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3800 Reservoir Road
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Carol Mitnick's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Patients gave Dr. Mitnick an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mitnick include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. She honors MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Mitnick's education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at Georgetown University Hospital. She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus

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

Dr. Arthur Weinstein is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Washington, DC. His clinical interests include lupus, lyme disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Weinstein is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Weinstein welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Weinstein trained at Wellesley Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, and Toronto General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Anastasia Markopoulou's specialty is adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Markopoulou takes. Dr. Markopoulou graduated from the University of Crete Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Albany Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Markopoulou (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health. Dr. Markopoulou welcomes new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Thomas Faust is an adult gastroenterologist and adult transplant hepatologist. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Faust include hepatitis, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and autoimmune disorders. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Dr. Faust accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Best Doctors in America and Multiple teaching awards. He offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
2233 Q Street Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Monte Meltzer is a surgical dermatology specialist. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Meltzer include academic dermatology, nail issues, and contact dermatitis. He is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dr. Meltzer attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has received distinctions including "A" Proficiency Designator (Dermatology), U. S. Army Health Services Command; Marie T. Bonazinga Award for Excellence in Leukocyte Biology Research, Society for Leukocyte Biology; and Honorary Life Member of the Society for Leukocyte Biology, Society for Leukocyte Biology. Dr. Meltzer's professional affiliations include Greater Baltimore Medical Center and MedStar Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Meltzer's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Dermatology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Pasquerilla Health Center 6th Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Christine Dewitt is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Dewitt's areas of expertise include academic dermatology, psoriasis, and skin cancer. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dewitt attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Dewitt completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Carlo Tornatore is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Washington, DC. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tornatore include multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Tornatore's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He honors MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Tornatore welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

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

Dr. Benjamin Osborne's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has indicated that his clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri). He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Osborne graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Osborne's office for an appointment.

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

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

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Specializes in Dermatology
110 Irving Street Nw; Suite 2b44
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Alan Moshell's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Areas of expertise for Dr. Moshell include academic dermatology, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Moshell is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Allergies, Contact Dermatitis, Academic Dermatology, Skin Issues, Phototherapy

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

Dr. Carlos Mora's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Mora focuses on multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cancer, and brain cancer. Dr. Mora is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. After attending Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, Dr. Mora completed his residency training at George Washington University Medical Center. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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Specializes in Dermatopathology
110 Irving Street Nw; Room Bcw17, Department of Path & Dermatology
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Elizabeth Dugan's specialty is dermatopathology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include academic dermatology, lymphoma, and autoimmune disorders. She is affiliated with MedStar Health. Dr. Dugan is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Dugan attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Academic Dermatology, Skin Issues, 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.