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

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

Dr. John Stoffel is a physician who specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Stoffel's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) and the University of Michigan (U-M) Health System. He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Stoffel attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Lahey Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Pfizer Scholar in Urology Award, .; Assistant Professor of Urology, Tufts University; and School of Medicine, .. Dr. Stoffel offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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

Dr. Rudolph Valentini, who practices in Detroit, MI, Flint, MI, and Clinton Township, MI, is a medical specialist in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Valentini include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Hurley Medical Center, and Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Valentini accepts Medicare insurance. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Valentini has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. David Green practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include disc problems, myasthenia gravis, and polymyositis. Dr. Green is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), McLaren Health Care, and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Dr. Green is in-network for Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at Oakland General Hospital and Detroit Osteopathic Hospital, Dr. Green attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Green (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and French.

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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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