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We found 16 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, who practices in Saint Louis, MO, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Brasington's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include arthritis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is not accepting new patients at this time. Dr. Brasington attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa.

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

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

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

Dr. Deborah Parks practices adult rheumatology. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and performed her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Parks has indicated that her clinical interests include psoriatic arthritis, vasculitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Parks speaks German. She 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 and practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. She studied medicine at Kilpauk Medical College and the University of Madras. Her training includes residency programs at Government General Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In her practice, Dr. Ranganathan focuses on arthritis. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with 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. 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 area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Gonzalez-Mayda include lupus, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gonzalez-Mayda accepts. She attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Gonzalez-Mayda speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with 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. Deepali Prabir Sen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10 Barnes West Drive; Medical Office Building 2 Suite 200
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Deepali Sen practices adult rheumatology in Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Sen has a special interest in lupus. She is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She studied medicine at Seth G.S. Medical College and Grant Medical College. She completed her residency training at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. Dr. Sen honors 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 surgeon and orthopedist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Gelberman attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school. His areas of clinical interest consist of hand problems, wrist problems, and musculoskeletal problems. Dr. Gelberman accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Gelberman welcomes new patients.

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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's areas of specialization are foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: foot problems, reconstructive surgery, and ankle problems. Dr. McCormick accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. He speaks Italian. Dr. McCormick's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Hallux Valgus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Neuromuscular Disorders, External Fixation, Reconstructive ... (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 and practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Dr. Ray has a special interest in spinal cord tumor and cervical spine surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Ray is professionally 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, 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 is a physician who specializes in uveitis and ocular immunology. She graduated from Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Karacal include glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Karacal accepts. She is conversant in Turkish. She is affiliated with 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 areas of specialization are spine surgery and neurosurgery; he sees patients in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Dr. Santiago is especially interested in spinal cord tumor and cervical spine surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He obtained his medical school training at Yale School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Santiago speaks Spanish. He is 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. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Johnson attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His clinical interests include foot reconstruction and ankle reconstruction. Dr. Johnson takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Dr. Sheinbein is rated highly by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Sheinbein's training includes a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His 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

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 is a medical specialist in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include the following: myasthenia gravis, nerve disorders, and electromyography (EMG). He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Sommerville accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sommerville's education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Polymyositis, Mitochondrial Disease, Electromyography, Myasthenia Gravis, Amyotrophic Lateral ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Tingting Li works as a nephrologist. After attending SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school, Dr. Li completed her residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Her clinical interests encompass lupus and kidney failure. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Li honors. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin. Dr. Li's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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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 area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Clinical interests for Dr. Ruddy include skin cancer. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ruddy takes. Before completing her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Ruddy attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. 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 area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Patel include skin cancer. She is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital. She studied medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Patel trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee for residency. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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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.