We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare near Novi, MI.

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Dr. Avery Amit Arora, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, General Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
37650 Professional Center; Suite 105a
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Avery Arora practices hand surgery, general surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Arora's areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, amputees, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and St. John Providence Health System. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cofinity, and Health Alliance Plan (HAP). He is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin and a graduate of Beaumont Hospitals' residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Wrist Surgery, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Fractures, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Dermatology
37605 Pembroke Avenue
Livonia, MI
 

Dr. Audrey Bruell is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Bruell include warts, dermabrasion, and spider veins. Dr. Bruell is an in-network provider for AARP, Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Bruell (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Chinese. Her professional affiliations include St. Mary Mercy Livonia and St. John Providence Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Dermabrasion, Psoriasis, Eczema, Botox Injection, Dysport Injection, Nail Fungus, Juvederm, ... (Read more)

Alan Jeffrey Bloch
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, General Podiatry
422 N Center Street; Suite B
Northville, MI
 

Dr. Alan Bloch's specialties are foot & ankle surgery and general podiatry. He practices in Northville, MI, South Lyon, MI, and Farmington, MI. Dr. Bloch's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bloch include contact dermatitis, sports health, and ankle surgery. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bloch is affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Providence Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Foot Surgery, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wounds, Contact Dermatitis, Fractures, Ankle ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce M Silverman, DO
Specializes in Neurology
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 210
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Bruce Silverman's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include seizure disorders, migraine, and dystonia. He is affiliated with St. John River District Hospital, Neurology Associates, and Detroit Medical Center (DMC). Dr. Silverman is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Botsford Hospital's residency program. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Silverman honors Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Rock Raphael, DO
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 510
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Michael Raphael practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Raphael has indicated that his clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, celiac disease, and colorectal cancer screening. He is an in-network provider for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Priority Health, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Botsford Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Imaging ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Russell Hinderer, MD
Specializes in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Neuromuscular Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine
44000 W 12 Mile Road; Suite 205
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Steven Hinderer's areas of specialization are spinal cord injury medicine, neuromuscular medicine, and electrodiagnostic medicine. His areas of expertise consist of spasticity and trauma. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. Dr. Hinderer attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He is affiliated with Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG).

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neck Pain, Musculoskeletal Problems, Back Pain, Brain Injury, Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, ... (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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