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 medical specialty is adult rheumatology. She is in-network for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Shanmugam's education and training includes medical school at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and Oxford University Medical School and residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Health and GW Medical Faculty Associates. She welcomes 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 Adult Rheumatology
102 Irving Street Nw; Room 2141
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Robert Bunning is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. He is affiliated with MedStar Health. Dr. Bunning attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Bunning trained at Washington Hospital Center. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. 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)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3800 Reservoir Road
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Carol Mitnick, who practices in Washington, DC, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Her education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Mitnick's clinical interests encompass lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. The average patient rating for Dr. Mitnick is 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Mitnick is accepting 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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include lupus, lyme disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weinstein honors. Dr. Weinstein's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed 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

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

Dr. Anastasia Markopoulou specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Markopoulou (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. Dr. Markopoulou's clinical interests include myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She is affiliated with MedStar Health. Dr. Markopoulou is a graduate of the University of Crete Faculty of Medicine. She trained at Albany Medical Center for her residency. She accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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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
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 6th Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Emily Myers' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She is especially interested in myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Myers is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University and then she performed her residency at Summa Akron City Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Myers is 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Myers is open to new patients.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: hepatitis, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and autoimmune disorders. Dr. Faust's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Faust honors. Before performing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Faust attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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. He 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 Neurophysiology, Neurology
110 Irving Street Nw; #2a44
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Mark Lin's medical specialty is neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). For his professional training, Dr. Lin completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His clinical interests include spinal cord injuries, parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis (MS). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. Dr. Lin is affiliated with MedStar Health and Washington DC VA Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lin's office for an appointment.

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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; Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 7th Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Benjamin Osborne's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Osborne is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Osborne include multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri). He takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Osborne is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and a graduate of Georgetown University Hospital's residency program. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He has an open panel.

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

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

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

Dr. Carlo Tornatore is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Dr. Tornatore studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Georgetown University Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tornatore include multiple sclerosis (MS). His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tornatore is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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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 practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Washington, DC. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cancer, and brain cancer. Dr. Mora is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Before completing his residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Mora attended medical school at Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Mora is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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 sees patients in Chevy Chase, MD, Silver Spring, MD, and Bethesda, MD. Her medical specialty is dermatopathology. Clinical interests for Dr. Dugan include lymphoma, autoimmune disorders, and melanoma. She is affiliated with MedStar Health. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dugan takes. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Dugan attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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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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