We found 17 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare near North Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Anu Sharma, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6001 Montrose Road; Suite 702
North Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Anu Sharma is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Sharma's professional affiliations include Suburban Hospital and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. She graduated from Saba University School of Medicine. She accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Sharma's distinctions include: Nominated as a new "up and coming doc to watch", Washington Magazine; Best Physicians in Washington, Washington Magazine, 2012 - 2014; and Treasurer, Rheumatism Society of the District of Columbia, 2012 - 2013.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

Dr. Madalene K Greene, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology, Adult Rheumatology
10401 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Madalene Greene specializes in pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology. Dr. Greene is professionally affiliated with Suburban Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Joint Aspiration, Gout, Lupus

Dr. Yingxue Zhang, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
9031 Shady Grove Court
Gaithersburg, MD
 

Dr. Yingxue Zhang's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. She has a special interest in lupus. Dr. Zhang is affiliated with Inova Fairfax Hospital. She honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before performing her residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Zhang attended Third Military Medical University for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus

Dr. Jordan Lawrence Heffez, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
6410 Rockledge Drive; 400
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Jordan Heffez is a physician who specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Heffez's areas of expertise consist of uveitis and rheumatoid arthritis. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He has received the distinction of Chief Resident, Tulane University. Dr. Heffez (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telephone Interpretation and Spanish. Dr. Heffez's professional affiliations include Suburban Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, and Inova Fairfax Hospital. Dr. Heffez is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cataracts, Hypertension, Crohn's Disease, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Roger Packer is a specialist in pediatric neuropsychiatry. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Packer include myasthenia gravis and brain tumor. Dr. Packer accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Packer is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally 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. David Michael Katz, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
3202 Tower Oaks Boulevard; 330
N Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. David Katz is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Katz is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Katz's education and training includes medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and residency at Duke University Medical Center. His distinctions include: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors; Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors; and Clinical Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology, Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Katz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Howard University Hospital and Suburban Hospital.

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

All Interests: Intracranial Hypertension, Graves Disease, Meningioma, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Dizziness, ... (Read more)

Dr. Leonard Marvin Parver, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
6410 Rockledge Drive; Suite 400
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Leonard Parver's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). These areas are among his clinical interests: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cataract surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Parver is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Parver obtained his medical school training at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal. He has received professional recognition including the following: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors; Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology; and Vicennial Award, Georgetown University. Dr. Parver (or staff) speaks Amharic, Arabic, and Spanish. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Suburban Hospital, and Washington Hospital Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Hypertension, Crohn's Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Rabin specializes in pediatric rehabilitation medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rabin include myasthenia gravis, tourette syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Dr. Rabin accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. His professional affiliations include Children's National Health System and MedStar Health. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

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

Dr. Andre Robert Gazdag, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Other
10215 Fernwood Road; The Camalier Building, Suite 506
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Andre Gazdag's specialty is orthopedic trauma. Dr. Gazdag's areas of expertise include the following: rheumatoid arthritis, sports health, and surgical procedures. He is professionally affiliated with Suburban Hospital. He attended Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Musculoskeletal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Ankle Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Frederic Stephens, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
6410 Rockledge Drive; Suite 400
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Robert Stephens specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Stephens's areas of expertise include diabetic retinopathy, vitreous problems, and laser surgery. He accepts Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Wills Eye Institute. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Stephens include: Assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology, George Washington University; Previous vice chairman, Washington National Eye Center at Washington Hospital Center; and Professor of clinical ophthalmology, Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Stephens's hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Health and Suburban Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Allergies, Vascular Disease, Retina Problems, Crohn's Disease, Laser Surgery, Diabetic Retinopathy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Allison Ehrlich Ehrlich, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
6410 Rockledge Drive; #201
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Alison Ehrlich practices surgical dermatology. Her areas of expertise include the following: allergic contact dermatitis and psoriasis. On average, patients gave Dr. Ehrlich a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Ehrlich is a graduate of Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and a graduate of the University of Kansas Medical Center's residency program. She is affiliated with GW Medical Faculty Associates.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Dr. Raul Nestor Mandler, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
6000 Executive Boulevard; Room 302
North Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Raul Mandler is a neurophysiologist, neurologist, and neuromuscular medicine specialist in North Bethesda, MD and Rockville, MD. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mandler accepts Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mandler (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and French. He is affiliated with Suburban Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Peripheral Neuropathy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease

Dr. James Yan, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
11119 Rockvill Pike; Suite 320
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. James Yan's medical specialty is neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Yan include peripheral neuropathy, parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He takes Medicare insurance. Before performing his residency at George Washington University Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. Yan attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Honor Roll, Healthgrades. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Suburban Hospital and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Problems, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's Palsy, Parkinson's Disease, Migraine, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

Dr. Dilhana Sumaiya Badurdeen, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
11240 Watermill Lane
Silver Spring, MD
 

Dr. Dilhana Badurdeen specializes in adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include the following: obesity, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. She accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Badurdeen graduated from Manipal College of Medical Sciences and then she performed her residency at Howard University Hospital. Dr. Badurdeen is affiliated with Howard University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Gastric Ulcer, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Obesity, Inflammatory Bowel ... (Read more)

Anisa I Gire
Specializes in Optometry
7315 Wisconsin Avenue; West Tower, Suite 610
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Anisa Gire practices optometry (primary eye care). Dr. Gire is in-network for Medicare insurance. She is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Dry Eyes, Sjogren's Syndrome, Cornea Problems

Dr. Adam Friedman, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
4920 Elm Street; Suite 250
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Adam Friedman is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Areas of expertise for Dr. Friedman include acne, lupus, and psoriasis. He is affiliated with GW Medical Faculty Associates. He attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for his residency. Dr. Friedman is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Sarcoidosis, Wounds, Hives, Skin Infection, Acne, Hair Loss, Lupus

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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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