We found 16 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 works as an adult rheumatologist. She honors Medicare insurance. She attended medical school at Saba University School of Medicine. Dr. Sharma has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Her professional affiliations include Suburban Hospital and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

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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; Suite 305
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Madalene Greene is a specialist in pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology. She is professionally affiliated with Suburban Hospital. Dr. Greene graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She honors Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Yingxue Zhang's specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zhang include lupus. Dr. Zhang is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She is a graduate of Third Military Medical University. Dr. Zhang completed her residency training at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. She is affiliated with Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus

Dr. David Michael Katz, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
3202 Tower Oaks Boulevard; 330
N Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. David Katz is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Howard University Hospital and Suburban Hospital. Dr. Katz is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Katz has received distinctions including Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors; Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors; and Clinical Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology, Georgetown University Hospital.

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

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

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

Dr. Jordan Heffez practices vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Heffez (or staff) is conversant in Telephone Interpretation and Spanish. In Dr. Heffez's practice, he is particularly interested in uveitis and rheumatoid arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with Suburban Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and Inova Fairfax Hospital. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Heffez honors Medicare insurance. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chief Resident, Tulane University. He 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)

Specializes in Pediatric Neuropsychiatry
Montgomery County Outpatient Center
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. Roger Packer's area of specialization is pediatric neuropsychiatry. In his practice, he is particularly interested in myasthenia gravis and brain tumor. Dr. Packer honors 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. Dr. Packer speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's National Health System, Holy Cross Hospital (Silver Spring, MD), and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Learning Disabilities, Brain Tumor

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

Dr. Leonard Parver's area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Patient ratings for Dr. Parver average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Parver include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cataract surgery. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. After attending McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Parver completed his residency training at Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal. He has received the following distinctions: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors; Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology; and Vicennial Award, Georgetown University. Dr. Parver (or staff) is conversant in Amharic, Arabic, and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Suburban Hospital, and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Parver's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

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

Specializes in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Montgomery County Outpatient Center
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. Jeffrey Rabin's medical specialty is pediatric rehabilitation medicine. His clinical interests include myasthenia gravis, tourette syndrome, and cerebral palsy. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Rabin completed his residency training at Temple University Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Children's National Health System and MedStar Health. Dr. Rabin is accepting 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 specializes in orthopedic trauma. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gazdag include rheumatoid arthritis, sports health, and surgical procedures. Dr. Gazdag is affiliated with Suburban Hospital. After attending Duke University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Gazdag has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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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). Patient ratings for Dr. Stephens average 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass diabetic retinopathy, vitreous problems, and laser surgery. Dr. Stephens is professionally affiliated with Suburban Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Stephens accepts Medicare insurance. He has an open panel. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Wills Eye Institute. Dr. Stephens's distinctions 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.

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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; Suite 201
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Alison Ehrlich is a medical specialist in surgical dermatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ehrlich include allergic contact dermatitis and psoriasis. She is affiliated with GW Medical Faculty Associates. Before completing her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Ehrlich attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ehrlich is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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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 specializes in neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in North Bethesda, MD and Rockville, MD. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Mandler attended medical school at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mandler (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and French. He is professionally 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 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. James Yan is a specialist in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Yan's areas of expertise include peripheral neuropathy, parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Yan performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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)

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

Dr. Anisa Gire's specialty is optometry (primary eye care). She 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 dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Friedman include acne, lupus, and psoriasis. He honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Friedman attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine and GW Medical Faculty Associates.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, psoriasis

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

Specializes in Dermatopathology
10313 Georgia Avenue; Suite 309
Silver Spring, MD
 

Dr. Elizabeth Dugan practices dermatopathology in Chevy Chase, MD, Silver Spring, MD, and Bethesda, MD. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Dugan attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Dugan include lymphoma, autoimmune disorders, and melanoma. Dr. Dugan accepts several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Lymphoma, Autoimmune Disorders, Melanoma

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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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