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 specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in North Bethesda, MD. She attended medical school at Saba University School of Medicine. Dr. Sharma is in-network for Medicare insurance. She has received the following distinctions: 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. Dr. Sharma is affiliated with 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 pediatric rheumatologist and rheumatologist. She is affiliated with Suburban Hospital. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Greene 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 specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Zhang graduated from Third Military Medical University. For her professional training, Dr. Zhang completed a residency program at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. She is especially interested in lupus. Dr. Zhang is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She is professionally 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 medical specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His areas of clinical interest consist of uveitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Heffez takes Medicare insurance. He attended Temple University School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chief Resident, Tulane University. Dr. Heffez (or staff) is conversant in Telephone Interpretation and Spanish. He is affiliated with Suburban Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, and Inova Fairfax Hospital. His practice 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. David Michael Katz, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
3202 Tower Oaks Boulevard; 330
N Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. David Katz specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Katz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Howard University Hospital and Suburban Hospital. He honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Katz attended medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Katz include: 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. Roger Joseph Packer, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neuropsychiatry
Montgomery County Outpatient Center
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. Roger Packer is a pediatric neuropsychiatrist. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Packer's areas of expertise include myasthenia gravis and brain tumor. He is affiliated with Children's National Health System, Inova Fairfax Hospital, and the University of Virginia Medical Center. Dr. Packer is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance.

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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 practices vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His average patient rating is 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. He graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine and then he 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. In addition to English, Dr. Parver (or staff) speaks Amharic, Arabic, and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Suburban Hospital, and Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Parver has an open panel.

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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. Before completing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Rabin attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His clinical interests encompass myasthenia gravis, tourette syndrome, and cerebral palsy. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. His professional affiliations include Children's National Health System and MedStar Health. He 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. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gazdag has a special interest in rheumatoid arthritis, sports health, and surgical procedures. He is affiliated with Suburban Hospital. Dr. Gazdag honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency.

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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' area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Wills Eye Institute. Dr. Stephens's areas of expertise include diabetic retinopathy, vitreous problems, and laser surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stephens honors Medicare insurance. His 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. Dr. Stephens's professional affiliations include MedStar Health and Suburban Hospital. He is accepting 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; Suite 201
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Alison Ehrlich's area of specialization is surgical dermatology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ehrlich include allergic contact dermatitis and psoriasis. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Ehrlich graduated from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then she performed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is professionally 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 specializes in neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mandler takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Mandler (or staff) is conversant in 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 is a specialist in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Rockville, MD. His clinical interests include peripheral neuropathy, parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Yan is professionally affiliated with Suburban Hospital and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and residency at George Washington University Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Yan has received the distinction of Honor Roll, Healthgrades.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include obesity, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Badurdeen is professionally affiliated with Howard University Hospital. Before completing her residency at Howard University Hospital, Dr. Badurdeen attended medical school at Manipal College of Medical Sciences. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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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 is an optometrist. Dr. Gire is professionally affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine. She takes Medicare insurance.

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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 specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. For his professional training, Dr. Friedman completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Friedman include acne, lupus, and psoriasis. He accepts Medicare insurance. He is affiliated with 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

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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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