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We found 12 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Fidelis 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. His areas of clinical interest consist of myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Benchaala is professionally affiliated with Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Harper University Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Benchaala trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Benchaala (or staff) speaks Arabic and French.

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

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

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

Dr. Malini Venkatram is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Detroit, MI and Wyandotte, MI. Dr. Venkatram has a special interest in psoriatic arthritis, lupus, and dermatomyositis. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. She attended medical school at JSS Medical College, Mysore. In addition to English, Dr. Venkatram (or staff) speaks Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Harper University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Myositis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, Gout, ... (Read more)

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. He is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Granda's clinical interests: disc problems, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and lupus. He is affiliated with Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Harper University Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Granda takes.

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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 works as a dermatopathologist in Monroe, MI, Dearborn, MI, and Detroit, MI. His areas of expertise include academic dermatology, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Dr. Mehregan is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Mehregan attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Mehregan is affiliated with Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Harper University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Skin Issues, Lupus, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Peter Aronson's medical specialty is dermatopathology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Aronson include academic dermatology, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Children's Hospital of Michigan. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. He graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then he performed his residency 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: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Issues, Psoriasis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis, Acne, Academic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Alexandros Tselis works as a pediatric neurologist in Detroit, MI. He has a special interest in multiple sclerosis (MS). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. Dr. Tselis attended medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic 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 neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Detroit, MI and Southfield, MI. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bernitsas include multiple sclerosis (MS). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Harper University Hospital. Dr. Bernitsas is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. 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, who practices in Detroit, MI, is a medical specialist in undersea and hyperbaric medicine, trauma surgery, and critical care (intensive care medicine). Areas of expertise for Dr. Baylor include intensive care, colon cancer, and graves disease. He is affiliated with Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Harper University Hospital. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Thoracic Problems, Endoscopic Surgery, Cirrhosis, Upper Endoscopy, Colon Cancer, ... (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 practices trauma surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Diebel include cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and heart problems. Patient reviews placed Dr. Diebel at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Diebel accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Harper University 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's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. Dr. Lisak is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Harper University Hospital.

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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 is a neurophysiologist, neurologist, and neuromuscular medicine specialist in Detroit, MI. Dr. Selwa is in-network for 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

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

Ms. Christina Caon works as a general internist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS). She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Ms. Caon's professional affiliations include Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG) and Harper University Hospital.

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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.