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We found 59 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Silver 04/100 near Leawood, KS.

Dr. Chandrasekhar S Chilappa, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2330 East Meyer Boulevard; #101
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Chandrasekhar Chilappa is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Chilappa is professionally affiliated with Carondelet Health. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. His training includes a residency program at Sound Shore Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Injection, Fibromyalgia, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Joint ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Joseph Whittaker, JD, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Ophthalmology
7400 State Line Road; #100
Prairie Village, KS
 

Dr. Thomas Whittaker sees patients in Prairie Village, KS. His medical specialties are general practice and ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Whittaker include blepharospasm, diplopia (double vision), and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Whittaker is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Whittaker attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for residency. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Dry Eye Syndrome, Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Deborah M Christie, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2650 Shawnee Mission Parkway; Suite 2201
Westwood, KS
 

Dr. Deborah Hall practices general internal medicine in Westwood, KS. Clinical interests for Dr. Hall include depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. Dr. Hall is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Bone Spurs, Dizziness, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rita M Hyde, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2650 Shawnee Mission Parkway; Suite 2201
Westwood, KS
 

Dr. Rita Hyde's specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Hyde include depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hyde is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Hyde has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Dizziness, Bronchitis, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brennen Leigh Seifers, DO
Specializes in Neurology
10777 Nall Avenue; Suite 140
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Brennen Bittel's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Bittel include facial problems, visual evoked potential test, and migraine. Dr. Bittel is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before performing her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Bittel attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Her professional affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Neck Pain, Nerve Pain, Neuromuscular Disorders, Facial Problems, Migraine, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ann Bailey Robinson, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1004 Carondelet Drive; Suite 450
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Ann Robinson is an otolaryngologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Robinson include graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Kansas Medical Center's residency program. Her professional affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Deviated Septum, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Neck Pain, Sinus Headache, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Aaron Sokol, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
7400 State Line Road
Prairie Village, KS
 

Dr. Jason Sokol practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Sokol include eye injuries, blepharospasm, and blepharoplasty. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Sokol attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Sokol is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, and The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Graves Disease, Tumor, Botox Injection, Blepharospasm, Eyelid Problems, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven D Owens, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
10787 Nall Avenue; Suite 300
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Steven Owens practices adult cardiology in Kansas City, KS, Atchison, KS, and Overland Park, KS. His areas of expertise include the following: rheumatic heart disease, syncope (fainting), and ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Owens is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Owens has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Men's Health Issues, Renal Vascular Disease, Women's Heart Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark D Wetzel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2650 Shawnee Mission Parkway; Suite 2201
Westwood, KS
 

Dr. Mark Wetzel specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Westwood, KS. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Wetzel trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Wetzel include depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. Dr. Wetzel is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks German. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), Graves disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Bone Spurs, Dizziness, ... (Read more)

Dr. Siddhartha Ganguly, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Adult Hematology
2650 Shawnee Mission Parkway; Ms 5003, Westwood Medical Pavilion and The Richard and Annette Bloc.
Westwood, KS
 

Dr. Siddhartha Ganguly is an oncology (cancer care) and adult hematology specialist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Ganguly attended Medical College and Hospital Kolkata for medical school. His clinical interests include platelet disorders, swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy), and clinical trials. Dr. Ganguly is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ganguly has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Ganguly (or staff) speaks Bengali and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Platelet Disorders, Clinical Trials, Immunization, Myeloproliferative Disorders, Research, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carnie C Nulton, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2650 Shawnee Mission Parkway; Suite 2201
Westwood, KS
 

Dr. Carnie Nulton is a Westwood, KS physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nulton include depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. Dr. Nulton honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), Graves disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Bone Spurs, Dizziness, ... (Read more)

Dr. Janice K Langholz, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2650 Shawnee Mission Parkway; Suite 2201
Westwood, KS
 

Dr. Janice Langholz's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Langholz include depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. She is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Langholz is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Langholz completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, psoriasis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Dizziness, Bronchitis, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stacy Dawn Whitaker, MD
Specializes in Neurology
12140 Nall; Suite 230
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Stacy Younger is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Overland Park, KS. Dr. Younger's areas of expertise include evoked potential test, bell's palsy, and migraine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Younger's education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. She is affiliated with Menorah Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Dizziness, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's Palsy, Parkinson's Disease, Migraine, Neuropathy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Carrie Woods Lehr, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1010 Carondelet Drive; #105
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Carrie Lehr's specialty is general internal medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Lehr include depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include The University of Kansas Hospital and Carondelet Health. Dr. Lehr honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Lehr has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Dizziness, Bronchitis, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth Anne Porter, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
7301 Mission Road; Suite 350
Prairie Village, KS
 

Dr. Elizabeth Pitts specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Kansas City, KS and Prairie Village, KS. These areas are among her clinical interests: drug allergy, trichotillomania, and amenorrhea (missed periods). Dr. Pitts is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pitts obtained her medical school training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Warts, Drug Allergy, Trichotillomania, Amenorrhea, Athlete's Foot, Developmental Disabilities, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Lewis Rosamond, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
10787 Nall Avenue; Suite 300
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Thomas Rosamond is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. After attending the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Minneapolis VA Health Care System and a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. His clinical interests include rheumatic heart disease, syncope (fainting), and ventricular tachycardia. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rosamond takes. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Men's Health Issues, Dizziness, Cardiomyopathy, Research, Nuclear Stress Test, ... (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.