We found 31 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Silver 3800/HMO Premier near Decatur, GA.

Dr. Ignacio E Sanz, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1365 Clifton Road Ne; 3rd Floor
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Ignacio Sanz's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Sanz is a graduate of Spain. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sanz include lupus. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Sanz speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus

Dr. Aliza R Lipson, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1365 Clifton Road Ne
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Aliza Lipson's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Lipson's areas of expertise include the following: lupus, osteoarthritis, and vasculitis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. She attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, scleroderma

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Vasculitis, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Jonathan Waltuck, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1365 Clifton Road, Ne
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Jonathan Waltuck practices adult rheumatology in Atlanta, GA. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include lupus, vasculitis, and arthritis. Dr. Waltuck takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Waltuck has received professional recognition including the following: Atlanta Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Atlanta VA Medical Center, Emory Clinic, and Emory University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma, Arthritis, Lupus, Vasculitis

Dr. Arezou Khosroshahi, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1365 Clifton Road Ne; 3rd Floor
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Arezou Khosroshahi's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Khosroshahi's clinical interests encompass vasculitis, gout, and scleroderma. Her professional affiliations include Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. She takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Her medical residency was performed at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma, Gout, Arthritis, Vasculitis

Dr. Robert Andrew Swerlick, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology
1365 Clifton Road Ne; Building A
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Robert Swerlick is an Atlanta, GA physician who specializes in dermatological immunology. Dr. Swerlick obtained his medical school training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. These areas are among his clinical interests: vasculitis, autoimmune disorders, and eczema. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Swerlick is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He has received the following distinction: Atlanta Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Atlanta VA Medical Center, Emory Clinic, and Emory University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Eczema, Autoimmune Disorders, Vasculitis

Dr. Samuel Byron Milton III, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Rehabilitative Services
1365 Clifton Road, Ne
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Samuel Milton's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and rehabilitative services. Clinical interests for Dr. Milton include post-polio syndrome (PPS), trigger point injections, and stroke. His professional affiliations include Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. His education and training includes medical school at Howard University College of Medicine and residency at National Rehabilitation Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Sports Health, Botox Injection, Hip Problems, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Suephy C Chen, MS, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
101 Woodruff Circle
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Suephy Chen is an Atlanta, GA physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Chen's areas of expertise include the following: psoriasis, melanoma, and eczema. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Chen trained at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Cancer Development Award, K23 Patient-Oriented Research, Presented by National Institutes of Health; Dermatology Foundation, Dermatology Foundation Health Care Policy Clinical career Development Award; and Helena Anna Henzl-Gabor, Young Women in Science Award. Dr. Chen is conversant in Taiwanese. Dr. Chen is affiliated with Atlanta VA Medical Center, Emory Clinic, and Emory University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Skin Cancer, Melanoma

Dr. Dinesh K Bhatia, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
550 Peachtree Street; Suite 1625
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Dinesh Bhatia is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Before performing his residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Bhatia attended Government Medical College and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College for medical school. His areas of expertise include benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), renal vascular disease, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bhatia (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, WellStar Paulding Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Nephrotic Syndrome, Renal Vascular Disease, Hypertension, Kidney Cancer, Benign Prostatic ... (Read more)

Dr. Neil S Lava, MD
Specializes in Neurology
12 Executive Park Drive Ne; 5th Floor
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Neil Lava is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. For his professional training, Dr. Lava completed a residency program at Albany Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lava include general neurology, bell's palsy, and migraine. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is professionally affiliated with Emory Clinic and Emory University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Botox Injection, Radiculopathy, Multiple Sclerosis, Hydrocephalus, Sarcoidosis, General ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas J Lawley, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
1365 Clifton Road Ne; B1400
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Thomas Lawley's specialties are dermatological immunology and osteopathic manipulative medicine. After attending SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school, Dr. Lawley completed his residency training at Buffalo General Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital. His clinical interests include autoimmune disorders. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lawley is affiliated with Emory Clinic and Emory University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Autoimmune Disorders

Dr. William Randolph Tyor, MD
Specializes in Neurology
12 Executive Park Drive Ne; 5th Floor
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. William Tyor's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Tyor is especially interested in general neurology, migraine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). His professional affiliations include Atlanta VA Medical Center, Emory Clinic, and Emory University Hospital. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Tyor attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Migraine, Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology, Neurological Disorders

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1365 Clifton Road Ne; 3rd Floor
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Jeanie Park works as a nephrologist. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Her clinical interests include renal vascular disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Park is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Park speaks Korean. She is professionally affiliated with Atlanta VA Medical Center, Emory Clinic, and Emory University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Nephrotic Syndrome, Renal Vascular Disease, Sarcoidosis, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Gregory Jacob Esper, MBA, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
1365 Clifton Road Ne; Clinic A, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Gregory Esper sees patients in Atlanta, GA. His medical specialties are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. These areas are among Dr. Esper's clinical interests: migraine, myasthenia gravis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Esper accepts. Dr. Esper is professionally affiliated with Emory Clinic, Emory University Hospital, and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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

All Interests: Headache, Botox Injection, Radiculopathy, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Hydrocephalus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michel D Brathwaite, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1987 Candler Road
Decatur, GA
 

Dr. Michel Brathwaite's area of specialization is adult nephrology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, hypertension (high blood pressure), and nephrotic syndrome. He is affiliated with WellStar, Atlanta Medical Center, and Emory University Hospital Midtown. Dr. Brathwaite is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Mail Handlers Benefit Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Brathwaite performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He speaks French.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Nephrotic Syndrome, Hyperkalemia, Hypertension, Lupus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Diana Lucia Vargas Vives, MD
Specializes in Neurology
12 Executive Park Drive Ne
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Diana Vargas Vives' area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She is especially interested in general neurology, migraine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vargas Vives accepts. Before performing her residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Vargas Vives attended Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Vargas Vives speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Emory Clinic and Emory University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Migraine, Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology

Dr. Stephen O Pastan, MD
Specializes in Adult Transplant Hepatology, Adult Nephrology
1365 Clifton Road Ne
Atlanta, GA
 

Dr. Stephen Pastan is an adult transplant hepatologist and nephrologist in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Pastan's areas of expertise include nephrotic syndrome. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory Clinic, and Emory University Hospital. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Harvard Medical School. His training includes residency programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Beth Israel Medical Center, New York. Dr. Pastan has received the distinction of Atlanta Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Nephrotic Syndrome, Lupus, Kidney Problems

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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.