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, who practices in Overland Park, KS and Kansas City, KS, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Maz include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and lupus. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Maz is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Maz performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. He is conversant in Persian.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Myositis, Dermatomyositis, Clinical Trials, Tendonitis, ... (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, who practices in Overland Park, KS and Kansas City, KS, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. Dr. Springer is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. Dr. Springer accepts 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, Dermatomyositis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, ... (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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Lindsley include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and shoulder injury. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lindsley accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Lindsley is professionally 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. 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 is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Jetanalin studied medicine at Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Jetanalin include psoriatic arthritis, gout, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana HMO, and more. Dr. Jetanalin (or staff) is conversant in Taiwanese and Thai. She is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include scleroderma. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Huston attended Yale School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Huston 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, who practices in Kansas City, KS, is a medical specialist in adult allergy & immunology and adult rheumatology. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Martinez's clinical interests include drug allergy, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. His 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. Dr. Martinez is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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

Dr. Selina Gierer is an adult allergy & immunology specialist in Kansas City, KS. Clinical interests for Dr. Gierer include conjunctivitis (pink eye), sinusitis (sinus infection), and contact dermatitis. She is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Gierer takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. 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 is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Clinical Trials, Wheezing, Eczema, Immunodeficiency, Immunization, Atopic Dermatitis, ... (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. His medical residency was performed at Sound Shore Medical Center. Dr. Chilappa takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is professionally affiliated with 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 neurologist. Dr. Hairston's areas of expertise include facial problems, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include The University of Kansas Hospital and Maryland General Hospital. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Hairston attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hairston takes.

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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. Thomas Joseph Whittaker, JD, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
7400 State Line Road; Suite 100
Prairie Village, KS
 

Dr. Thomas Whittaker is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). 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. These areas are among his clinical interests: blepharospasm, diplopia (double vision), and multiple sclerosis (MS). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Whittaker takes. 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

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

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

Dr. John Miles, who practices in Kansas City, KS and Overland Park, KS, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. Dr. Miles's areas of expertise include the following: pituitary disorders, type 2 diabetes, and graves disease. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Dr. Miles's hospital/clinic 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. Rita M Hyde, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2330 Shawnee Mission Parkway; Suite 2201
Westwood, KS
 

Dr. Rita Hyde is a general internist in Westwood, KS. Dr. Hyde's clinical interests include depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. Her professional affiliations include Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City and The University of Kansas Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hyde honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. 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, 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 is an internist in Westwood, KS. These areas are among her clinical interests: depression, drug allergy, and graves disease. Dr. Hall honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, she completed her residency training 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, Wheezing, Eczema, Bone Spurs, Dizziness, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason Aaron Sokol, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
7400 State Line Road; Suite 100
Prairie Village, KS
 

Dr. Jason Sokol specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Sokol include eye injuries, blepharospasm, and blepharoplasty. Dr. Sokol is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Sokol speaks 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. Mazen Mohammad Chaab Dimachkie, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
3599 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 2012
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Mazen Dimachkie's medical specialty is neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He studied medicine at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. His clinical interests include facial problems, myasthenia gravis, and myositis. Dr. Dimachkie takes United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, Humana HMO, and more. 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's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Larsen's areas of expertise include the following: graves disease, thyroid cancer, and thyroid surgery. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. His residency was performed at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Larsen 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: Wheezing, Dizziness, Stenosis, Sinus Headache, Facial Paralysis, Sinus Problems, Nasal Polyps, ... (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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