We found 11 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 is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Shanmugam takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and Oxford University Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at Georgetown University Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health and GW Medical Faculty Associates. Dr. Shanmugam has an open panel.

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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 works as an adult rheumatologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bunning honors. Dr. Bunning is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Bunning trained at Washington Hospital Center. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health. Dr. Bunning has an open panel.

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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 Nw, Suite 3004; Phc 3rd Floor, Div. of Rheum, Georgetown University Hos
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Carol Deane Mitnick specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Washington, DC. Dr. Mitnick is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. In her practice, Dr. Mitnick focuses on lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Mitnick accepts several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is open to new patients. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, she performed her residency at Georgetown University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus

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

Dr. Anastasia Markopoulou is a rheumatologist. Before performing her residency at Albany Medical Center, Dr. Markopoulou attended the University of Crete Faculty of Medicine for medical school. She is especially interested in myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Markopoulou takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Markopoulou (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek. She is affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She is accepting 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)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
110 Irving Street Nw; Room 1a 50b
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Arthur Weinstein is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. After completing medical school at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Weinstein performed his residency at Wellesley Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, and Toronto General Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Weinstein include lupus, lyme disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He is open to 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 practices adult rheumatology in Washington, DC. Dr. Myers's areas of expertise include myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She honors MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University, she performed her residency at Summa Akron City Hospital. She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Myers's practice 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 works as a gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist. Patients gave Dr. Faust an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Faust include hepatitis, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and autoimmune disorders. His professional affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Dr. Faust takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. He attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Faust include: 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)

Specializes in Neurology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 7th Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Benjamin Osborne is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri). Dr. Osborne is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. He attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Georgetown University Hospital for residency. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Osborne is in-network for several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. New patients are welcome to contact his 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

Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
110 Irving Street Nw; Rm 1a-50b
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Mark Lin's medical specialty is neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lin include spinal cord injuries, parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis (MS). The average patient rating for Dr. Lin is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. Dr. Lin is affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Washington DC VA Medical Center. Dr. Lin is accepting new patients.

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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. Carlo Tornatore's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Tornatore is especially interested in multiple sclerosis (MS). On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Tornatore is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Georgetown University Hospital's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

Specializes in Neurology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 7th Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Carlos Mora is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Mora include multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cancer, and brain cancer. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mora has an open panel. He graduated from Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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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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