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We found 69 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 specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Kansas City, MO. He is professionally affiliated with Carondelet Health. Dr. Chilappa trained at Sound Shore Medical Center for residency. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 specializes in general practice and ophthalmology (eye disease) and practices in Prairie Village, KS. The average patient rating for Dr. Whittaker is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Whittaker's areas of expertise include blepharospasm, diplopia (double vision), and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Whittaker has received the following distinction: 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 works as a general internist. Her areas of expertise include depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Hall is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Hall's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She is affiliated with 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 works as a general internist in Westwood, KS and Shawnee Mission, KS. These areas are among her clinical interests: depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. Patients rated Dr. Hyde highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Hyde attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Hyde is professionally affiliated with 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. Ann Bailey Robinson, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1004 Carondelet Drive; Suite 450
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Ann Robinson works as an ear, nose and throat specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Robinson include graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as 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. She is affiliated with 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. Brennen Leigh Seifers, DO
Specializes in Neurology
10777 Nall Avenue; Suite 140
Overland Park, KS
 

Dr. Brennen Bittel is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. She obtained her medical school training at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Bittel's areas of expertise include facial problems, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is affiliated with 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. Mark D Wetzel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2650 Shawnee Mission Parkway; Suite 2201
Westwood, KS
 

Dr. Mark Wetzel practices general internal medicine in Westwood, KS. Dr. Wetzel's areas of expertise include depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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 following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is conversant in German. Dr. Wetzel 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. Jason Aaron Sokol, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
7400 State Line Road
Prairie Village, KS
 

Dr. Jason Sokol specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sokol include eye injuries, blepharospasm, and blepharoplasty. Dr. Sokol is professionally affiliated with Kansas City VA Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, and The University of Kansas Hospital. He attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sokol has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Graves Disease, Tumor, Botox Injection, Blepharospasm, Eyelid Problems, Cosmetic ... (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 a Westwood, KS physician who specializes in oncology (cancer care) and adult hematology. His clinical interests include platelet disorders, swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy), and clinical trials. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Ganguly accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Ganguly is a graduate of Medical College and Hospital Kolkata. For his residency, Dr. Ganguly trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Ganguly (or staff) is conversant in Bengali and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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

Dr. Steven Owens is a specialist in adult cardiology. He works in Kansas City, KS, Atchison, KS, and Overland Park, KS. These areas are among his clinical interests: rheumatic heart disease, syncope (fainting), and ventricular tachycardia. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Owens honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Owens'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 Kansas. He has received the distinction of 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. Elena Igorevna Sidorenko, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Leawood, KS
 

Dr. Elena Sidorenko is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: esophageal manometry, achalasia, and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). Dr. Sidorenko's professional affiliations include Kansas City VA Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After completing medical school at Novosibirsk State Medical University, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. She is conversant in Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Achalasia, Celiac Disease, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Carnie Nulton sees patients in Westwood, KS. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. These areas are among Dr. Nulton's clinical interests: depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Stacy Younger specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Overland Park, KS. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Younger completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. Her areas of expertise include evoked potential test, bell's palsy, and migraine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Younger is professionally affiliated with Menorah Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Electromyography, Botox Injection, Dizziness, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's Palsy, ... (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. These areas are among Dr. Langholz's clinical interests: depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Langholz takes. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Langholz attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Langholz has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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

Dr. Elizabeth Pitts works as a general pediatrician in Kansas City, KS and Prairie Village, KS. Her clinical interests include drug allergy, trichotillomania, and amenorrhea (missed periods). Dr. Pitts accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Dr. Pitts is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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

Dr. Carrie Lehr's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Lehr's areas of expertise include depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include The University of Kansas Hospital and Carondelet Health. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Lehr completed her residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has received the distinction of 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)

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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.