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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 a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Shanmugam attended medical school at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and Oxford University Medical School. Her training includes a residency program at Georgetown University Medical Center. She takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Shanmugam's hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Health and GW Medical Faculty Associates. She is accepting 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 General Practice, Adult Rheumatology
110 Irving Street Nw; Suite 2a-66
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Anastasia Markopoulou specializes in general practice and adult rheumatology. Before completing her residency at Albany Medical Center, Dr. Markopoulou attended medical school at the University of Crete Faculty of Medicine. She is especially interested in myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Markopoulou accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Markopoulou (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. She is affiliated with MedStar Health. Dr. Markopoulou 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)

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

Dr. Robert Bunning is an adult rheumatology specialist. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Bunning's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing his residency at Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Bunning attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Bunning is affiliated with MedStar Health. He is open to 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 works as a rheumatologist. In Dr. Mitnick's practice, she is particularly interested in lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Mitnick's medical residency was performed at Georgetown University Hospital. She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Mitnick 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; Suite 2a66
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Arthur Weinstein is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Washington, DC. Dr. Weinstein obtained his medical school training at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Wellesley Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, and Toronto General Hospital. These areas are among his clinical interests: lupus, lyme disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. He accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Weinstein is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

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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 gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology specialist. Dr. Faust's areas of expertise include hepatitis, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and autoimmune disorders. The average patient rating for Dr. Faust is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. His residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Faust include: Best Doctors in America and Multiple teaching awards. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Faust 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)

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

Dr. Benjamin Osborne specializes in general practice and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Osborne is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and a graduate of Georgetown University Hospital's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Osborne include multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Osborne is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Mark Lin is a specialist in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Washington, DC. He speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lin include spinal cord injuries, parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is affiliated with MedStar Health and Washington DC VA Medical Center. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Lin accepts several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He 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)

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

Dr. Carlo Tornatore is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tornatore include multiple sclerosis (MS). He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Tornatore is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is accepting 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 Nw - 7phc
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Carlos Mora's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). 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. Clinical interests for Dr. Mora include multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cancer, and brain cancer. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mora honors. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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
3800 Reservoir Road North West
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Elizabeth Dugan's specialty is dermatopathology. She attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. She has indicated that her clinical interests include lymphoma, autoimmune disorders, and melanoma. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dugan accepts. She is affiliated with MedStar Health. Dr. Dugan has an open panel.

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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.