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 works as a rheumatologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Benchaala include myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Benchaala takes. Dr. Benchaala (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He is professionally affiliated with DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG).

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

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

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

Dr. Jose Granda is an adult rheumatology specialist in Detroit, MI. These areas are among his clinical interests: disc problems, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and lupus. Dr. Granda is affiliated with DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. He is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Darius Mehregan is a dermatopathology specialist in Monroe, MI, Dearborn, MI, and Detroit, MI. He has indicated that his clinical interests include contact dermatitis, laser hair removal, and lupus. Dr. Mehregan is professionally affiliated with DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Children's Hospital of Michigan. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mehregan graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. He trained at Mayo Clinic for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Crystal Gardner-Martin's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Gardner-Martin's clinical interests include chronic kidney failure, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. Her professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Garden City Hospital, and St. Mary Mercy Livonia. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gardner-Martin takes. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For her residency, Dr. Gardner-Martin trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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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
311 Mack Avenue
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Avery Arora is a hand surgery and general surgery specialist. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Arora's clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, amputees, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Arora accepts. He studied medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Arora completed his residency training at Beaumont Hospitals. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and Providence - Providence Park Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Tumor, Tendonitis, Wrist Surgery, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Elbow Problems, Complex Regional Pain ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Peter Aronson specializes in dermatopathology and practices in Troy, MI, Detroit, MI, and Sterling Heights, MI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aronson include acne. Dr. Aronson honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Aronson's hospital/clinic affiliations include DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG).

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Frank Clark is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Clark's clinical interests include colposcopy, depression, and adolescent gynecology. He is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), St. John's Hospital, and St. John Providence Health System.

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

Dr. Evanthia Bernitsas is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She works in Detroit, MI and Southfield, MI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bernitsas include multiple sclerosis (MS). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bernitsas (or staff) speaks Greek and French. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include DMC Detroit Receiving 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. 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's areas of specialization are undersea and hyperbaric medicine, wound care, and trauma surgery; he sees patients in Detroit, MI. These areas are among his clinical interests: intensive care, colon cancer, and graves disease. Dr. Baylor accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG).

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

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

Dr. Alexandros Tselis specializes in pediatric neurology. In Dr. Tselis's practice, he is particularly interested in multiple sclerosis (MS). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. He is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG).

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

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

Dr. Lawrence Diebel's specialties are trauma surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He practices in Detroit, MI. Dr. Diebel studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Diebel include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and heart problems. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Diebel is affiliated with DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG).

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

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

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

Dr. Robert Lisak is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Detroit, MI. His hospital/clinic affiliations include DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Children's Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Lisak takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis

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 in Detroit, MI. Dr. Selwa is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks German. His professional affiliations include DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG).

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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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Areas of expertise for Ms. Caon include multiple sclerosis (MS). Ms. Caon is affiliated with DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Harper University Hospital. She accepts United Healthcare Navigate, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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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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