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We found 17 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept MultiPlan near Creve Coeur, MO.

Dr. Richard Douglas Brasington Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Office Building 2 Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Richard Brasington's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Brasington's clinical interests include arthritis. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. He is affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Brasington is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Scleroderma, Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, Osteoporosis

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 is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Gonzalez-Mayda is especially interested in lupus, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Gonzalez-Mayda's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Deborah L Parks, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Building Two
Creve Coeur, MO
 

Dr. Deborah Parks is a rheumatologist in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Parks include psoriatic arthritis, vasculitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Patients gave Dr. Parks an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. She is conversant in German. Dr. Parks is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis

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

Dr. Prabha Ranganathan specializes in adult rheumatology. She graduated from Kilpauk Medical College and the University of Madras. Dr. Ranganathan's medical residency was performed at Government General Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ranganathan include arthritis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ranganathan accepts. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Joint Pain, Joint Aspiration, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, ... (Read more)

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. Clinical interests for Dr. Sen include lupus. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She attended medical school at Seth G.S. Medical College and Grant Medical College. She trained at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston for residency. Dr. Sen is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus

Dr. Richard H Gelberman, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14532 S. Outer; 40 Drive
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. Richard Gelberman is a hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Chesterfield, MO and Saint Louis, MO. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gelberman include hand problems, wrist problems, and musculoskeletal problems. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Gelberman graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Gelberman honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Fractures, Musculoskeletal Problems, Hand ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeremy James McCormick, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14532 S. Outer; 40 Drive
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. Jeremy McCormick is a foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Dr. McCormick is conversant in Italian. In his practice, Dr. McCormick focuses on foot problems, reconstructive surgery, and ankle problems. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. McCormick attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts for residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Hallux Valgus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Neuromuscular Disorders, Arthroscopic Surgery, Ankle Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Wilson Zachary Ray, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
1040 North Mason Road; Medical Office Building 1 Suite 211
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. W. Ray specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Ray include spinal cord tumor and cervical spine surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spinal Instrumentation, Lumbar Spine Problems, Spine Tumor, Cancer, Thoracic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Humeyra Karacal practices uveitis and ocular immunology in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. These areas are among her clinical interests: glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Dr. Karacal attended Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Karacal speaks Turkish. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Paul Santiago, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
1040 North Mason Road; Medical Office Building 1 Suite 211
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Paul Santiago's specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. He practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. These areas are among his clinical interests: spinal cord tumor and cervical spine surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Santiago is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Santiago trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Santiago speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spinal Instrumentation, Lumbar Spine Problems, Spine Problems, Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Einer Johnson, MD
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
14532 S. Outer; 40 Drive
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson is a foot and ankle surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Saint Louis, MO and Chesterfield, MO. Dr. Johnson attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Johnson include foot reconstruction and ankle reconstruction. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Neuromuscular Disorders, Ankle Reconstruction, Diabetes, Sports Injuries, ... (Read more)

Dr. David M Sheinbein, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
969 N Mason Road; Suite 220
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. David Sheinbein is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Patients rated Dr. Sheinbein highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sheinbein honors. He obtained his medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer

Dr. Richard Brian Sommerville, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
1600 S. Brentwood Boulevard; Suite 600, Center 40 Building
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. R. Sommerville's areas of specialization are neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease); he sees patients in Saint Louis, MO. His areas of expertise include myasthenia gravis, nerve disorders, and electromyography (EMG). Dr. Sommerville is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Sommerville attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Sommerville's professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Fatigue, Muscular Dystrophy, Polymyositis, Mitochondrial Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Becky Jo Parks, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1600 S. Brentwood Boulevard; Suite 600, Center 40 Building
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Becky Parks' specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Before performing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Loma Linda University Medical Center, Dr. Parks attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She is especially interested in multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Parks's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

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

Dr. Tingting Li works as an adult nephrologist in Saint Louis, MO. These areas are among her clinical interests: lupus and kidney failure. Dr. Li is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Li takes. She is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Her residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Li speaks 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). Her areas of expertise include skin cancer. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Ruddy attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Ruddy's 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

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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.