We found 11 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Fidelis 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 expertise for Dr. Benchaala include myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Benchaala (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. 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: , 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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Granda include disc problems, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and lupus. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. 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: , 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. He has indicated that his clinical interests include contact dermatitis, laser hair removal, and lupus. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Mehregan completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Mehregan has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. He is affiliated with DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Children's Hospital of Michigan.

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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 area of specialization is dermatopathology. He graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then 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. In Dr. Aronson's practice, he is particularly interested in acne. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Aronson 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: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Evanthia Bernitsas is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS). She is professionally affiliated with DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Children's Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Bernitsas accepts 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 is an undersea and hyperbaric medicine, wound care, and trauma surgery specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: intensive care, colon cancer, and graves disease. He honors 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 professional affiliations include 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 sees patients in Detroit, MI. His medical specialty is pediatric neurology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS). He is professionally affiliated with DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG). Dr. Tselis graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans.

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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 is a trauma surgery and critical care (intensive care medicine) specialist in Detroit, MI. These areas are among Dr. Diebel's clinical interests: cancer surgery, thyroid problems, and heart problems. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. He studied medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. 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 medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Lisak is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Lisak is affiliated with 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), 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 practices in Detroit, MI. In addition to English, he speaks German. Dr. Selwa's professional affiliations include DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Detroit, MI and Southfield, MI. Ms. Caon has indicated that her clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS). She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, 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.
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