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We found 122 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Bronze near Westwood, KS.

Dr. Mehrdad Mazlumazdeh III, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Mehrdad Maz is a rheumatologist in Overland Park, KS and Kansas City, KS. Dr. Maz graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. His areas of expertise include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and lupus. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Maz speaks Persian. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Myositis, Dermatomyositis, Clinical Trials, Tendonitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Herbert Benzinger Lindsley, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; 5026 Wescoe, Mail Stop 2026
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Herbert Lindsley is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Kansas City, KS. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and shoulder injury. Dr. Lindsley is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Lindsley is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 Washington.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, scleroderma

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Myositis, Clinical Trials, Tendonitis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid ... (Read more)

Dr. Kent Kwasind Huston, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4330 Wornall Road; Suite 40
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Kent Huston is an adult rheumatology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Huston include scleroderma. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine. He trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Huston has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma

Dr. Selina A Gierer, DO
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Selina Gierer sees patients in Kansas City, KS. Her medical specialty is adult allergy & immunology. These areas are among her clinical interests: conjunctivitis (pink eye), sinusitis (sinus infection), and contact dermatitis. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gierer graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Gierer trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas for her residency. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Clinical Trials, Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Immunization, Atopic Dermatitis, Research, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Michael Springer, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; 5026 Wescoe, Mail Stop 2026
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Jason Springer is an adult rheumatology specialist in Overland Park, KS and Kansas City, KS. Clinical interests for Dr. Springer include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. Dr. Springer is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After attending the University of Louisville School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Dermatomyositis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pim Jetanalin, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Medical Office Building - Level 4 Pod A, The University of Kansas P.
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Pim Jetanalin practices adult rheumatology. In addition to English, Dr. Jetanalin (or staff) speaks Taiwanese and Thai. Her areas of expertise include the following: psoriatic arthritis, gout, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. She attended medical school at Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Jetanalin is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Joint Aspiration, Gout, Lupus, ... (Read more)

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. Shelley Banerjee Bhattacharya, DO, MPH
Specializes in Family Medicine
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 4017
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Shelley Bhattacharya is a family practice physician in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Bhattacharya (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Bengali. These areas are among Dr. Bhattacharya's clinical interests: disc problems, restless leg syndrome, and athlete's foot. She is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Before performing her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Bhattacharya attended Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bhattacharya honors.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, psoriasis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Warts, Disc Problems, Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas Joseph Whittaker, JD, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Ophthalmology
7400 State Line Road; Suite 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
2330 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
2330 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
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, 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
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck, Ms 3010
Kansas City, KS
 

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. Sheila Maureen McGreevy-Barry, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 1020, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Sheila McGreevy practices general internal medicine. Dr. McGreevy studied medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University for residency. Her areas of expertise include the following: disc problems, restless leg syndrome, and athlete's foot. She honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), Graves disease, lupus, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Warts, Disc Problems, Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome, Athlete's Foot, Atrial Fibrillation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mazen Mohammad Chaab Dimachkie, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
3599 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 2012
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Mazen Dimachkie's areas of specialization are neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease); he sees patients in Kansas City, KS. These areas are among his clinical interests: facial problems, myasthenia gravis, and myositis. He honors United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dimachkie graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Dimachkie (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. Dr. Dimachkie is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myositis, Electromyography, Intraoperative Monitoring, Neuromuscular Disorders, Biopsy, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher Gene Larsen, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
4320 Wornall Road; Suite 512
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Christopher Larsen is an otolaryngologist. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Larsen's areas of expertise include graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Larsen takes. He is professionally 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, Stenosis, Neck Pain, Sinus Headache, ... (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.