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We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare near Flint, MI.

Dr. Scott Baxter Karlene, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
1352 S Linden Road
Flint, MI
 

Dr. Scott Karlene's medical specialty is pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Dr. Karlene's areas of expertise include the following: phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and hair problems. He is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), McLaren Health Care, and Hurley Medical Center. He obtained his medical school training at Dartmouth Medical School and performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Karlene accepts Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Kevin James Gaffney, MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Other
1352 S Linden Road
Flint, MI
 

Dr. Kevin Gaffney is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist in Flint, MI. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is especially interested in psoriasis and skin of color. Dr. Gaffney accepts Medicare insurance. Before performing his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Gaffney attended Brown University, Alpert Medical School. He is professionally affiliated with Henry Ford Hospital, McLaren Health Care, and Hurley Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Issues, Skin of Color

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

Dr. John Stoffel specializes in urology (urinary tract disease). Dr. Stoffel's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After attending Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Lahey Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Stoffel's distinctions include: Pfizer Scholar in Urology Award, .; Assistant Professor of Urology, Tufts University; and School of Medicine, .. He offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) and the University of Michigan (U-M) Health System. He has an open panel.

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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's specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for residency. Dr. Valentini's areas of expertise include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and lupus. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Valentini is professionally 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

Dr. Walter Francis Barkey, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology
2303 Stone Bridge Drive
Flint, MI
 

Dr. Walter Barkey is a Flint, MI physician who specializes in dermatopathology. His areas of expertise include the following: cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, psoriasis, and birthmark. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Genesys Health System and McLaren Regional Medical Center. Dr. Barkey is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and a graduate of North Carolina Memorial Hospital's residency program. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Barkey is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Cutaneous ... (Read more)

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

Dr. David Green's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Green (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and French. These areas are among his clinical interests: disc problems, myasthenia gravis, and polymyositis. Dr. Green is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Garden City Hospital, and McLaren Health Care. He attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Oakland General Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Green is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Green is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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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.