We found 3 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare near Flint, MI.

Dr. Rudolph Peter Valentini, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
300 East 1st Street; Suite 201
Flint, MI
 

Dr. Rudolph Valentini works as a pediatric nephrologist in Detroit, MI, Flint, MI, and Clinton Township, MI. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. Dr. Valentini is in-network for Medicare insurance. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Valentini's professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Hurley Medical Center, and Henry Ford Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Nephrotic Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Lupus, Dialysis, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant

Dr. John Thomas Stoffel, MD
Specializes in Urology
2900 N Saginaw Street
Flint, MI
 

Dr. John Stoffel is a medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Stoffel's hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) and the University of Michigan (U-M) Health System. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Lahey Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Urge Incontinence, Reconstructive Surgery, Urologic Surgery, Spinal Cord ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
3230 Beecher Road; Suite 1
Flint, MI
 

Dr. David Green practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patients gave Dr. Green an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Green include disc problems, myasthenia gravis, and polymyositis. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Green graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and then he performed his residency at Oakland General Hospital and Detroit Osteopathic Hospital. Dr. Green (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), McLaren Health Care, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Disc Problems, Polymyositis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Brain Injury ... (Read more)

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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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