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

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

Dr. Ilyes Benchaala's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Benchaala is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. For his residency, Dr. Benchaala trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. In addition to English, Dr. Benchaala (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. Dr. Benchaala's professional affiliations include 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 is an adult rheumatology specialist. His clinical interests include disc problems, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and lupus. Dr. Granda is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with 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 medical specialist in adult nephrology. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Gardner-Martin's areas of expertise include chronic kidney failure, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. She takes Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gardner-Martin's professional 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 specialist in hand surgery, general surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Southfield, MI, Livonia, MI, and Detroit, MI. These areas are among Dr. Arora's clinical interests: arthroscopic surgery, amputees, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Arora performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and Botsford Hospital.

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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 sees patients in Monroe, MI, Dearborn, MI, and Detroit, MI. His medical specialty is dermatopathology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mehregan include contact dermatitis, laser hair removal, and lupus. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Mehregan completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Mehregan's hospital/clinic 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 specializes in dermatopathology. Clinical interests for Dr. Aronson include acne. Dr. Aronson honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the University of Chicago Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Children's Hospital of Michigan.

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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' specialty is pediatric neurology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in multiple sclerosis (MS). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tselis is a graduate of 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 is a neurologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Bernitsas include multiple sclerosis (MS). Her professional affiliations include Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Karmanos Cancer Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bernitsas honors. Dr. Bernitsas (or staff) speaks the following languages: Greek and French.

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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 trauma surgeon, intensive care specialist, and undersea and hyperbaric medicine specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: intensive care, colon cancer, and graves disease. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Baylor attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. 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: , 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 specialties are trauma surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He practices in Detroit, MI. Patient ratings for Dr. Diebel average 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and heart problems. Dr. Diebel takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Diebel graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Sinai-Grace Hospital.

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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 specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Detroit, MI. Dr. Lisak's hospital/clinic affiliations include Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Harper University Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has received the distinction of 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's areas of specialization are neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine, and electrodiagnostic medicine. Dr. Selwa honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. He is conversant in German. 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: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Electromyography, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy

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

Dr. Frank Clark practices family medicine. He attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Clark include colposcopy, depression, and adolescent gynecology. Dr. Clark is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Clark's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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)

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

Ms. Christina Caon's area of specialization is general internal medicine. She is especially interested in multiple sclerosis (MS). Ms. Caon takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. She is professionally affiliated with Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG).

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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.