We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Catastrophic HMO near Lees Summit, MO.

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Dr. Mohd Iqbal Boda, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
3490 Ne Ralph Powell Road; Suite B
Lees Summit, MO
 

Dr. Mohd Boda works as an internal medicine hospitalist. His areas of expertise include ear pain, celiac disease, and ankle sprain. The average patient rating for Dr. Boda is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Boda accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Government Medical College, Srinagar. Dr. Boda's hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Carondelet Health.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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Dr. John Woody Harlan, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Suite 270 A
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. J. Harlan is a neurologist in Lees Summit, MO and Lexington, MO. His clinical interests include bell's palsy, seizure disorders, and migraine. Patients gave Dr. Harlan an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Duke University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at National Naval Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Harlan is professionally affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Electromyography, Botox Injection, Dizziness, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathryn A Hedges, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Suite 270 A
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Kathryn Hedges is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her clinical interests include tremors, bell's palsy, and blepharospasm. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hedges accepts. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Hedges has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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Dr. Aruna Rokkam, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Internal Medicine, Hematology
2000 Se Blue Parkway; Suite 165
Lee's Summit, MO
 

Dr. Aruna Rokkam's specialties are oncology (cancer care) and hematology (blood disorders). She practices in Independence, MO and Lees Summit, MO. Dr. Rokkam is a graduate of NTR University of Health Sciences and Siddhartha Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Rokkam completed residency programs at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Clinical interests for Dr. Rokkam include cancer surgery, colon cancer, and thyroid cancer. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Rokkam's hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, and Menorah Medical Center.

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

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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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