We found 7 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna Open Access Managed Choice near Creve Coeur, MO.

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Dr. Maria Cristina Gonzalez - Mayda, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Office Building 2 Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Maria Gonzalez-Mayda's specialty is adult rheumatology. After completing medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In Dr. Gonzalez-Mayda's practice, she is particularly interested in lupus, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Gonzalez-Mayda speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM) (St. Louis) - South County.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Lupus

Dr. Deepali Prabir Sen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Office Building 2 Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Deepali Sen's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Sen's clinical interests include lupus. She is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sen accepts. After completing medical school at Seth G.S. Medical College and Grant Medical College, she performed her residency at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus

Dr. Humeyra D Karacal, MD
Specializes in Uveitis and Ocular Immunology
10 Barnes West Drive; Suite 201
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Humeyra Karacal is a physician who specializes in uveitis and ocular immunology. Her areas of expertise include glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. Dr. Karacal is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis' residency program. She speaks Turkish. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Implant Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Laser Surgery, Diabetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Benjamin David Kozower, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Building Two
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Benjamin Kozower is a medical specialist in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Kozower's clinical interests: esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). He takes Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, he performed his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Achalasia, Myasthenia Gravis, Lung Problems, Hyperhidrosis, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Cancer ... (Read more)

Dr. Tingting Li, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
10 Barnes West Drive; Building 2 Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Tingting Li is a specialist in adult nephrology. She works in Saint Louis, MO, Ferguson, MO, and Town and Country, MO. Her areas of clinical interest consist of lupus and kidney failure. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Center for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Li accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. For her residency, Dr. Li trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Li is conversant in Mandarin.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Hemodialysis, Lupus, Kidney Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Paetra J Ruddy, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
522 N New Ballas Road; Suite 316
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Paetra Ruddy's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Ruddy has indicated that her clinical interests include skin cancer. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Acne

Dr. Urvi R Patel, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
522 N New Ballas Road; Suite 316
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Urvi Patel's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). In her practice, she is particularly interested in skin cancer. She is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital. Dr. Patel honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee, Dr. Patel attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Acne

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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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