We found 14 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Detroit, MI.

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Dr. Ilyes Benchaala, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4160 John R.; Suite 917
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Ilyes Benchaala specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Taylor, MI, Detroit, MI, and Dearborn, MI. For his residency, Dr. Benchaala trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. His areas of expertise include myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Benchaala (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He is affiliated with Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Karmanos Cancer Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Myositis

Dr. Jose Luis Granda, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Harper Professional Building, Suite 917; 4160 John R
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Jose Granda specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Detroit, MI. His areas of expertise include the following: disc problems, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and lupus. Dr. Granda takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Sinai-Grace Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Disc Problems, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Crystal Renee Gardner-Martin, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
7633 Jefferson; Suite 180
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Crystal Gardner-Martin is a nephrologist. These areas are among her clinical interests: chronic kidney failure, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. She is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Gardner-Martin graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and Garden City Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Nephrotic Syndrome, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Avery Amit Arora, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, General Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
311 Mack Avenue
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Avery Arora is a hand surgeon, general surgeon, and orthopedist. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Arora include arthroscopic surgery, amputees, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Dr. Arora's hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and Botsford Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Arora attended Medical College of Wisconsin and then went on to complete his residency at Beaumont Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Wrist Surgery, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Fractures, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Darius Ray Mehregan, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
4100 John R
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Darius Mehregan is a specialist in dermatopathology. His clinical interests include contact dermatitis, laser hair removal, and lupus. Dr. Mehregan takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Mehregan has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Karmanos Cancer Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Birthmarks, Laser Treatment, Skin Issues, Lupus, Cutaneous T-Cell ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter Jerome Aronson, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
4646 John R
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Peter Aronson's area of specialization is dermatopathology. Clinical interests for Dr. Aronson include acne. His professional affiliations include Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Children's Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Aronson is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Aronson's residency was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the University of Chicago Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Issues, Psoriasis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis, Acne

Dr. Alexandros Constantine Tselis, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
4201 St Antoine; Suite 8a & 8b
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Alexandros Tselis is a pediatric neurologist in Detroit, MI. In his practice, he is particularly interested in multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Tselis honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Children's Hospital of Michigan.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Evanthia Bernitsas, MD
Specializes in Neurology
4201 St Antoine; Suite 8a & 8b
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Evanthia Bernitsas specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Detroit, MI and Southfield, MI. Dr. Bernitsas (or staff) speaks Greek and French. Clinical interests for Dr. Bernitsas include multiple sclerosis (MS). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Karmanos Cancer Center. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Alfred Eugene Baylor III, MD
Specializes in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, Wound Care, Trauma Surgery, Critical Care
4160 John R; Suite 615
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Alfred Baylor is a medical specialist in undersea and hyperbaric medicine, wound care, and trauma surgery. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Baylor include intensive care, colon cancer, and graves disease. Dr. Baylor honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Sinai-Grace Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Thoracic Problems, Endoscopic Surgery, Cirrhosis, Colon Cancer, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Lawrence N Diebel, MD
Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Critical Care
Harper Professional Building, Suite 615; 4160 John R
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Lawrence Diebel's areas of specialization are trauma surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine); he sees patients in Detroit, MI. Dr. Diebel's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Diebel include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and heart problems. His professional affiliations include Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Sinai-Grace Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Lower Extremity Bypass Surgery, Thoracic Problems, Endoscopic Surgery, Cirrhosis, Sarcoma, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Philip Lisak, MD
Specializes in Neurology
4201 St Antoine; Suite 8a & 8b
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Robert Lisak practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Detroit, MI. His professional affiliations include Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Harper University Hospital. Dr. Lisak is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Lisak has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors.

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

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis

Dr. Frank M Clark, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
3130 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Frank Clark works as a family medicine practitioner in Detroit, MI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clark include colposcopy, depression, and adolescent gynecology. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Clark is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and St. John Hospital and Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), Graves disease, Guillain-Barre syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Colposcopy, Depression, Adolescent Gynecology, Graves Disease, Guillain-Barre ... (Read more)

Dr. James Franklin Selwa, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Neurology
4201 St Antoine; Suite 8a & 8b
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. James Selwa works as a neurophysiologist, neurologist, and neuromuscular medicine specialist. Dr. Selwa is conversant in German. He is affiliated with Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Children's Hospital of Michigan. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Electromyography, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4201 St. Antoine; Suite 8a
Detroit, MI
 

Ms. Christina Caon practices general internal medicine. In her practice, Ms. Caon focuses on multiple sclerosis (MS). She is professionally affiliated with Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG). Ms. Caon is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: 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.
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