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

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

Dr. Mehrdad Maz's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He speaks Persian. Clinical interests for Dr. Maz include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and lupus. Dr. Maz is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Maz trained at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University for his residency. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Myositis, Dermatomyositis, Clinical Trials, Tendonitis, ... (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's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Jetanalin (or staff) speaks Taiwanese and Thai. These areas are among her clinical interests: psoriatic arthritis, gout, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Jetanalin is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. She graduated from Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jetanalin honors.

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

Dr. Kent Huston's specialty is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include scleroderma. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Huston honors. He is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Huston has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma

Dr. John D Martinez, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Allergy & Immunology, Adult Rheumatology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. John Martinez is a physician who specializes in adult allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: drug allergy, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. Dr. Martinez is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas, Dr. Martinez attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Martinez is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Psoriatic Arthritis, Wheezing, Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Bursitis, Rheumatoid ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Herbert Lindsley's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lindsley include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and shoulder injury. Dr. Lindsley is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Lindsley completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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

Dr. Selina Gierer practices adult allergy & immunology in Kansas City, KS. She speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include the following: conjunctivitis (pink eye), sinusitis (sinus infection), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Gierer is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. After attending Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Clinical Trials, Wheezing, Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Immunization, Atopic Dermatitis, ... (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's specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Springer include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Springer graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. Dr. Springer takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

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

Dr. Chandrasekhar Chilappa is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Kansas City, MO. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chilappa accepts. He trained at Sound Shore Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Chilappa is professionally affiliated with HCA Midwest Physicians and Carondelet Health.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Injection, Fibromyalgia, Tendon Sheath Injection, Trigger Point ... (Read more)

Dr. Vernita Daniels Hairston-Mitchell, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3599 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 2012
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Vernita Hairston is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Hairston include facial problems, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. She is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital and Maryland General Hospital.

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

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Myositis, Syncope, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Nerve Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rita M Hyde, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2330 Shawnee Mission Parkway; Suite 2201
Westwood, KS
 

Dr. Rita Hyde works as an internist. Patient ratings for Dr. Hyde average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hyde include depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. Her professional affiliations include Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City and The University of Kansas Hospital. She is an in-network provider 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. Hyde completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She 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, Wheezing, Eczema, Dizziness, Bronchitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Deborah M Christie, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2330 Shawnee Mission Parkway; Suite 2201
Westwood, KS
 

Dr. Deborah Hall specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Westwood, KS. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hall include depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. Her professional affiliations include Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City and The University of Kansas Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Hall performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).

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

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

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

Dr. Christopher Larsen is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. Before completing his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Larsen attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Larsen accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic 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: Wheezing, Dizziness, Stenosis, Sinus Headache, Facial Paralysis, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, ... (Read more)

Dr. John McKnight Miles, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. John Miles is an adult endocrinology specialist in Kansas City, KS and Overland Park, KS. His areas of expertise include the following: pituitary disorders, type 2 diabetes, and graves disease. Dr. Miles accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). His professional affiliations include The University of Kansas Hospital and Mayo Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 2 Diabetes, Graves Disease, Metabolic Syndrome, Metabolism, Type 1 Diabetes, ... (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 a physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Clinical interests for Dr. Robinson include graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She 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, Wheezing, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Neck Pain, Sinus Headache, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark David Wetzel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2330 Shawnee Mission Parkway; Suite 2201
Westwood, KS
 

Dr. Mark Wetzel works as a general internist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Wetzel attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wetzel include depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. Dr. Wetzel is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Wetzel is conversant in 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, Wheezing, Eczema, Bone Spurs, Dizziness, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Shelley Bhattacharya sees patients in Kansas City, KS. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Her clinical interests include disc problems, restless leg syndrome, and athlete's foot. Dr. Bhattacharya is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Bhattacharya performed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Bhattacharya (or staff) speaks French and Bengali.

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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, ... (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.
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