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We found 21 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 specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Saint Louis, MO. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brasington include arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Brasington graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa. On average, patients gave Dr. Brasington a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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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. In addition to English, Dr. Parks speaks German. She is especially interested in psoriatic arthritis, vasculitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Parks's patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Parks is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

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

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 works as a rheumatologist. Her areas of expertise include lupus, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. Her professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Gonzalez-Mayda takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Gonzalez-Mayda speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Prabha Ranganathan is an adult rheumatology specialist. In her practice, she is particularly interested in arthritis. Dr. Ranganathan's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She graduated from Kilpauk Medical College and the University of Madras and then she performed her residency at Government General Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Saint Louis, MO. Her clinical interests encompass lupus. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Seth G.S. Medical College and Grant Medical College, Dr. Sen performed her residency at King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth G.S. Medical College and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. Dr. Sen is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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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 sees patients in Chesterfield, MO and Saint Louis, MO. His medical specialties are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Gelberman's clinical interests 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. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin.

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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 specialist in foot & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Saint Louis, MO and Chesterfield, MO. His clinical interests include foot problems, reconstructive surgery, and ankle problems. Dr. McCormick's professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. McCormick completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. He is conversant in Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Elsa Diannette Gutierrez, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology
522 N. New Ballas Road; Suite 180
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Elsa Gutierrez practices pediatric dermatology. Patients rated Dr. Gutierrez highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and residency at the University District Hospital, Puerto Rico and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Gutierrez's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Mercy Hospital - St. Louis, MO, and Missouri Baptist Medical Center. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (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, who practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO, is a medical specialist in uveitis and ocular immunology. Clinical interests for Dr. Karacal include glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Karacal accepts. She is a graduate of Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Karacal completed a residency program at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. She speaks Turkish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Implant Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Laser Surgery, Diabetic ... (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 sees patients in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. His medical specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: spinal cord tumor and cervical spine surgery. Dr. Ray 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. Ray accepts. Dr. Ray attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Joseph Anthony Muccini Jr., MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
222 S Woods Mill Road; Suite 475n
Chesterfield, MO
 

Dr. Joseph Muccini specializes in surgical dermatology. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Muccini completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. His clinical interests include phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Muccini is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His professional affiliations include Missouri Baptist Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Psoriasis, ... (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 works as a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. He is conversant in Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Santiago focuses on spinal cord tumor and cervical spine surgery. Dr. Santiago's hospital/clinic affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Santiago accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 & ankle surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Dr. Johnson's areas of expertise include the following: foot reconstruction and ankle reconstruction. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Mayo Clinic. 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. 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). Dr. Sommerville is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Sommerville graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

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

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

Dr. David Sheinbein is a dermatologist in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. Dr. Sheinbein graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sheinbein is in-network for 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 Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer

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

Dr. Becky Parks is a psychiatrist and neurologist in Saint Louis, MO. Clinical interests for Dr. Parks include multiple sclerosis (MS). She is affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Before performing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Loma Linda University Medical Center, Dr. Parks attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

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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.