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We found 44 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 specialist in adult rheumatology. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Sharma is a graduate of Saba University School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sharma 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. Her hospital/clinic 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
Bethesda, MD
 

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

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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 works as a rheumatologist. Her areas of expertise include lupus. Dr. Zhang accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. Before completing her residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Zhang attended medical school at Third Military Medical University. Dr. Zhang is affiliated with Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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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). His areas of expertise consist of uveitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vitreoretinal surgical procedures. He takes Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University, Dr. Heffez attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Chief Resident, Tulane University. In addition to English, Dr. Heffez (or staff) speaks Telephone Interpretation and Spanish. He is affiliated with Suburban Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, and Inova Fairfax Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

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

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

Dr. Roger Packer is a medical specialist in pediatric neuropsychiatry. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is especially interested in myasthenia gravis. Dr. Packer accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. Dr. Packer is conversant in Spanish. He 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

Dr. Sherry Lynette Henderson Henderson, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
14995 Shady Grove Road; Suite 150
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. Sherry Maragh is a dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Maragh include hair problems, psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Maragh honors Medicare insurance. She has received the distinction of Top Doctors, Washingtonian. Dr. Maragh (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. She is affiliated with Inova Loudoun Hospital, Landsdowne Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Skin ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Alison Ehrlich is a specialist in surgical dermatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ehrlich include academic dermatology, phototherapy (light therapy), and allergic contact dermatitis. She is affiliated with GW Medical Faculty Associates. Dr. Ehrlich attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She trained at the University of Kansas Medical Center for residency. Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ehrlich accepts Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

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

Dr. David Katz's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Katz is professionally affiliated with Suburban Hospital. Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Katz accepts. He is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. He trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. 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: , 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 is a physician who specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Parver's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cataract surgery. He honors Medicare insurance. After attending McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Parver completed his residency training at Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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. Dr. Parver's professional affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Suburban Hospital, and Washington Hospital Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

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

Dr. Purnima Sau, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
8630 Fenton Street; Suite #906
Silver Spring, MD
 

Dr. Purnima Sau specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology and practices in Silver Spring, MD and Towson, MD. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in phototherapy (light therapy), psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. Dr. Sau is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and LifeBridge Health. She honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sau has an open panel. She attended Calcutta National Medical College and Medical College and Hospital Kolkata for medical school and subsequently trained at Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Phototherapy

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

Dr. Andre Gazdag is a specialist in orthopedic trauma. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gazdag include rheumatoid arthritis, sports health, and surgical procedures. Dr. Gazdag accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Gazdag is professionally affiliated with Suburban Hospital.

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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 is a physician who specializes in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Dr. Stephens's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include diabetic retinopathy, vitreous problems, and laser surgery. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed 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. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health and Suburban Hospital. He welcomes 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. Thomas Chizen Yu, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
6410 Rockledge Drive; Suite 201
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Thomas Yu is a physician who specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: skin surgery, psoriasis, and nail surgery. Dr. Yu is in-network for Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Yu attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Rising Stars. Dr. Yu is professionally affiliated with Suburban Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Nail Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Sean Thomas Gunning, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
5530 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD
 

Dr. Sean Gunning's medical specialty is surgical dermatology. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Gunning include contact dermatitis, psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. His hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Health and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Gunning's education and training includes medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Skin of Color

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

Dr. Jeffrey Rabin's specialty is pediatric rehabilitation medicine. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rabin include myasthenia gravis, tourette syndrome, and cerebral palsy. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rabin's hospital/clinic 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. Lawrence Jeffrey Green, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
15005 Shady Grove Road; Suite 440
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. Lawrence Green is a surgical dermatology specialist. He attended New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Green include phototherapy (light therapy), hair problems, and psoriasis. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Green include: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors and Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and GW Medical Faculty Associates.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Skin ... (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.