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We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare near Montgomery Village, MD.

Dr. Yingxue Zhang, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
16009 Comprint Circle
Gaithersburg, MD
 

Dr. Yingxue Zhang's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. She graduated from Third Military Medical University. Dr. Zhang's medical residency was performed at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Her clinical interests encompass lupus. Dr. Zhang is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She is affiliated with Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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All Interests: Lupus

Dr. Roger Joseph Packer, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neuropsychiatry
Montgomery County Outpatient Center
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. Roger Packer's specialty is pediatric neuropsychiatry. Dr. Packer has indicated that his clinical interests include myasthenia gravis and brain tumor. He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Packer attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Packer is affiliated with Children's National Health System, Inova Fairfax Hospital, and the University of Virginia Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Learning Disabilities, Brain Tumor

Dr. Jeffrey Philip Rabin, MD, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Montgomery County Outpatient Center
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. Jeffrey Rabin is a pediatric rehabilitation medicine specialist. Dr. Rabin's areas of expertise include the following: myasthenia gravis, tourette syndrome, and cerebral palsy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's National Health System and MedStar Health. Before performing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Rabin attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rabin honors. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Cerebral Palsy, Spine Problems, Tourette Syndrome, Neuromuscular Disorders

Dr. Henry John Kaminski, MD
Specializes in Neurology
9715 Medical Center Drive; Suite 230
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. Henry Kaminski is a neurologist. His clinical interests include myasthenia gravis. He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Kaminski's education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. He is professionally affiliated with GW Medical Faculty Associates.

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All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis

Dr. Ted Laurence Rothstein, MD
Specializes in Neurology
9715 Medical Center Drive; Suite 230
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. Ted Rothstein is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rothstein's areas of clinical interest consist of general neurology, multiple sclerosis (MS), and movement disorders. He is affiliated with GW Medical Faculty Associates. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Rothstein attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology, Dementia, Movement Disorders, Deep Brain Stimulation

Dr. Amanda Grace Michael, MD
Specializes in Neurology
9715 Medical Center Drive; Suite 230
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. Amanda Michael practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her areas of expertise consist of multiple sclerosis (MS) and headache. She accepts Medicare insurance. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU), Dr. Michael attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Michael is professionally affiliated with GW Medical Faculty Associates.

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All Interests: Headache, Multiple Sclerosis

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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.