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We found 3 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Silver HMO near Tucker, GA.

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1670 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA
 

Dr. Jeanie Park is a specialist in adult nephrology. She works in Atlanta, GA and Decatur, GA. Dr. Park's areas of expertise include renal vascular disease, kidney stones, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. She is conversant in Korean. Dr. Park's professional affiliations include 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. Amy E Kim, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
1670 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA
 

Dr. Amy Kim is a mohs skin cancer surgeon. Dr. Kim obtained her medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Clinical interests for Dr. Kim include photodynamic therapy (PDT), hemangioma, and tattoo removal. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kim is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Her professional affiliations include Atlanta VA Medical Center, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, and Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Botox Injection, Sclerotherapy, Hemangiomas, Plantar Warts, Cosmetic Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2260 Northlake Prkwy; Suite 211
Tucker, GA
 

Dr. Saied Murphy sees patients in Atlanta, GA and Tucker, GA. His medical specialty is adult nephrology. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, renal vascular disease, and kidney stones. Dr. Murphy takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After completing medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is affiliated with Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Nephrotic Syndrome, Renal Vascular Disease, Ultrasound, Kidney Stones, ... (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.