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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 medical specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Stoffel's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He trained at Lahey Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. Dr. Stoffel has received distinctions including Pfizer Scholar in Urology Award, .; Assistant Professor of Urology, Tufts University; and School of Medicine, .. He offers interpreting services for his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) and the University of Michigan (U-M) Health System. He is accepting new 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). Clinical interests for Dr. Valentini include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. Dr. Valentini takes Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Valentini attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Valentini is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Hurley Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. David Green specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include disc problems, myasthenia gravis, and polymyositis. On average, patients gave Dr. Green a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He honors Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Green completed a residency program at Oakland General Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Green (or staff) speaks Hebrew and French. Dr. Green is professionally affiliated with 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.