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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 specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Benchaala (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French. Dr. Benchaala's areas of expertise include the following: myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. He is affiliated with Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Karmanos Cancer Center. Dr. Benchaala trained at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University for his residency. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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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 in Detroit, MI. His areas of expertise include disc problems, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and lupus. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Granda 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. 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. In his practice, he is particularly interested in contact dermatitis, laser hair removal, and lupus. Dr. Mehregan is professionally affiliated with Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Karmanos Cancer Center. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at Mayo Clinic. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Peter Jerome Aronson, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
4646 John R
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Peter Aronson's specialty is dermatopathology. His clinical interests encompass acne. Dr. Aronson 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 Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the University of Chicago Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans.

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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 neurology specialist in Detroit, MI. In Dr. Tselis's practice, he is particularly interested in multiple sclerosis (MS). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Tselis's 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' specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Bernitsas is especially interested in multiple sclerosis (MS). She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. Dr. Bernitsas (or staff) speaks the following languages: Greek and French. Her professional affiliations include Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Karmanos Cancer Center.

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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 intensive care, colon cancer, and graves disease. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Baylor studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with 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 is a medical specialist in trauma surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine). 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. Dr. Diebel attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He 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 honors.

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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, who practices in Detroit, MI, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is professionally affiliated with Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Harper University Hospital. Dr. Lisak accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He 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. 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 medical specialist in neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine, and electrodiagnostic medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Selwa speaks German. 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: , 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. Her areas of expertise include 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.