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We found 11 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 is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Benchaala (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. His areas of expertise include myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Benchaala is professionally affiliated with Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Karmanos Cancer Center. His residency was performed at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Dr. Benchaala is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 rheumatologist in Detroit, MI. Clinical interests for Dr. Granda include disc problems, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and lupus. Dr. Granda honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Granda's 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. Darius Ray Mehregan, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
4100 John R
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Darius Mehregan is a physician who specializes in dermatopathology. His areas of clinical interest consist of contact dermatitis, laser hair removal, and lupus. Dr. Mehregan honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Mehregan's medical residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. He is affiliated with 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, Birthmark, 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 medical specialty is dermatopathology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Aronson include acne. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and subsequently 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 is a specialist in pediatric neurology. He is especially interested in multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Tselis's professional affiliations include Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Children's Hospital of Michigan. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. Dr. Tselis graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

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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 practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Detroit, MI and Southfield, MI. Her clinical interests encompass multiple sclerosis (MS). She is affiliated with Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Karmanos Cancer Center. Dr. Bernitsas is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Bernitsas (or staff) speaks 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 sees patients in Detroit, MI. His medical specialties are undersea and hyperbaric medicine, wound care, and trauma surgery. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His clinical interests include 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. 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, 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 is a Detroit, MI physician who specializes in trauma surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). Dr. Diebel's areas of expertise 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 graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Diebel has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Diebel takes.

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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 is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Lisak's hospital/clinic affiliations include Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Harper University Hospital. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lisak 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's specialties are neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine, and electrodiagnostic medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Selwa is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. He speaks 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 is a general internist. Areas of expertise for Ms. Caon include multiple sclerosis (MS). She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Ms. Caon 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.