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We found 9 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 80/2000 near Alpharetta, GA.

Dr. Michael Lance Smitherman, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1305 Hembree Road; Suite 101
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Michael Smitherman's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Smitherman attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His clinical interests include fibromyalgia, lupus, and osteoarthritis. The average patient rating for Dr. Smitherman is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Smitherman is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include WellStar and North Fulton Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Vasculitis, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Marcus Brian Goodman, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2500 Hospital Boulevard; Suite 280
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Marcus Goodman's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery; he sees patients in Roswell, GA. Clinical interests for Dr. Goodman include warts, rosacea, and acne. His hospital/clinic affiliations include WellStar and North Fulton Hospital. He studied medicine at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Goodman's residency was performed at Broward Health and Largo Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Contact Dermatitis, Cosmetic Surgery, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles Jacob Douchy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
420 Brook Manor Court
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Charles Douchy specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology and practices in Duluth, GA, Buford, GA, and Alpharetta, GA. Dr. Douchy graduated from Albany Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Douchy completed a residency program at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. These areas are among his clinical interests: nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He has received professional recognition including the following: Atlanta Super Doctors. Dr. Douchy speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Judith Lila Silverstein, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
1265 Upper Hembree Road; Suite 100
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Judith Silverstein's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. She is rated highly by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Silverstein include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Skin of Color, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
1265 Upper Hembree Road; Suite 100
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. David Levine works as a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist in Roswell, GA and Atlanta, GA. Dr. Levine's areas of expertise include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and hair problems. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Levine attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
1265 Upper Hembree Road; Suite 100
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Michael Fisher's medical specialty is pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. His clinical interests include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. The average patient rating for Dr. Fisher is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Fisher is professionally affiliated with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and North Fulton Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Tiffani King Hamilton, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
11800 Atlantis Place
Alpharetta, GA
 

Dr. Tiffani Hamilton, who practices in Alpharetta, GA, is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatological immunology, and dermatopathology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: nail issues, psoriasis, and birthmark. Dr. Hamilton accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah, Dr. Hamilton attended the University of Utah School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
11685 Alpharetta Highway; Suite 200
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Richard Krakow's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. After attending Boston University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. Areas of expertise for Dr. Krakow include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. Dr. Krakow is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Krakow is professionally affiliated with WellStar, North Fulton Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Skin of Color

Dr. Chynna Lynn Steele, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
1825 Old Alabama Road; Suite 201
Roswell, GA
 

Dr. Chynna Steele is a pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology specialist. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Steele's areas of expertise include hair problems, psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Skin ... (Read more)

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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.