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We found 119 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare near Omaha, NE.

Dr. Tina Dewan Mahajan, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
988102 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Tina Mahajan practices adult rheumatology in Omaha, NE and La Vista, NE. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mahajan include leg pain, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. She accepts Medicare insurance. She obtained her medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Baylor University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Mahajan (or staff) speaks Spanish and Hindi. She also offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Nebraska Medicine.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Hip Problems, Scleritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lynell Warren Klassen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4101 Woolworth Avenue
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Lynell Klassen specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Omaha, NE. His clinical interests include leg pain, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. He honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Klassen attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Iowa for residency. Dr. Klassen offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Nebraska Medicine and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Hip Problems, Scleritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gerald Francis Moore, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
988102 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Gerald Moore specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Moore's areas of expertise include the following: leg pain, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. He honors Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Nebraska Medicine.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Hip Problems, Scleritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amy Christine Cannella, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4101 Woolworth Avenue
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Amy Cannella is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include leg pain, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. She honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Cannella is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center's residency program. She offers interpreting services for her patients. She is affiliated with Nebraska Medicine and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Hip Problems, Scleritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ted Richard Mikuls, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4101 Woolworth Avenue
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Ted Mikuls, who practices in Omaha, NE, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Mikuls's education and training includes medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: leg pain, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Mikuls's professional affiliations include Nebraska Medicine and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Hip Problems, Scleritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alan Reuben Erickson, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4101 Woolworth Avenue
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Alan Erickson's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Erickson's areas of expertise include the following: disorders of calcium metabolism, swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy), and leg pain. His professional affiliations include Nebraska Medicine and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Erickson is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He trained at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center for his residency. He offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Dermatomyositis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Bursitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michelene Payne Hearth-Holmes, MA, BA, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
988102 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Michelene Hearth-Holmes' specialty is adult rheumatology. These areas are among her clinical interests: leg pain, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. She honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Hearth-Holmes's education and training includes medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Hearth-Holmes is affiliated with Nebraska Medicine and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Hip Problems, Scleritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Robert ODell, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4101 Woolworth Avenue
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. James O'Dell, who practices in Omaha, NE, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. O'Dell include leg pain, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. Dr. O'Dell's hospital/clinic affiliations include Nebraska Medicine and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. He honors Medicare insurance. Dr. O'Dell graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He offers interpreting services for his patients.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Hip Problems, Scleritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Inaganti Mastan Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
4239 Farnam Street; Suite 701
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Inaganti Shah is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shah include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), intrathecal chemotherapy (into the spinal fluid), and clinical trials. He is professionally affiliated with CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs, Nebraska Medicine, and CHI Health Immanuel. Dr. Shah's education and training includes medical school at Gandhi Medical College Hyderabad and Osmania University and residency at Scott and White Healthcare and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Peoria. He accepts Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

All Interests: Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, Blood Cancers, Intrathecal Chemotherapy, Transplant ... (Read more)

Dr. James William Gigantelli, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3902 Leavenworth Street
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. James Gigantelli works as an ophthalmologist in Omaha, NE. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Dr. Gigantelli's clinical interests include hemifacial spasm, graves disease, and tear duct problems (lacrimal apparatus). He is professionally affiliated with Nebraska Medicine and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. Dr. Gigantelli obtained his medical school training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Hemifacial Spasm, Prosthetics, Thyroid Problems, Graves Disease, Tumor, Botox ... (Read more)

Dr. Philipp Nicolas Streubel Bergenthal, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
4101 Woolworth Avenue
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Philipp Streubel is a specialist in hand surgery and adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. His clinical interests include forearm fracture, second opinions, and elbow pain. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Nebraska Medicine and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. Dr. Streubel honors Medicare insurance. He graduated from Pontifical Xavierian University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Streubel offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Forearm Fracture, Second Opinions, Elbow Pain, Wrist Fracture, Sports Health, Shoulder Fracture, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rebecca Mary Wester, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
989350 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Rebecca Wester is a family medicine physician, internist, and geriatrician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Wester include long term care, prophylaxis (preventive treatment), and psoriatic arthritis. She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dr. Wester attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Wester is affiliated with Nebraska Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Long Term Care, Depression, Eczema, Diabetes Screening, Diabetes Management, Dizziness, Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Americo Maciel Fernandes Filho Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurology
4242 Farnam Street; Suite 650
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Joseph Americo Fernandes' area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Fernandes offers interpreting services for his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: muscle pain, myasthenia gravis, and neuropathic pain. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Nebraska Medicine and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. Dr. Fernandes is a graduate of Federal University of Bahia. He completed his residency training at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. He accepts Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Polymyositis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Myositis, Electromyography, Wrist Problems, Neuromuscular ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Randolph Tibbels, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
988102 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Stephen Tibbels' medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Tibbels's clinical interests include long term care, wrist fracture, and knee fracture. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Tibbels is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center's residency program. He offers interpreting services for his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Nebraska Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, lupus, celiac disease, Graves disease, psoriasis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Ingrown Nails, Lower Back Pain, Back Problems, Lumbar Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Samer Ibrahim Renno, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
4239 Farnam Street; Suite 701
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Samer Renno's medical specialty is adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. His areas of expertise include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), intrathecal chemotherapy (into the spinal fluid), and clinical trials. Dr. Renno is professionally affiliated with CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs, Nebraska Medicine, and CHI Health Immanuel. He accepts Medicare insurance. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas, Dr. Renno attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Renno offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

All Interests: Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, Blood Cancers, Intrathecal Chemotherapy, Transplant ... (Read more)

Dr. Shannon Cathleen Lynch, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3902 Leavenworth Street
Omaha, NE
 

Dr. Shannon Lynch's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her clinical interests include visual evoked potential test, hemifacial spasm, and nystagmus. Dr. Lynch is in-network for Medicare insurance. Before performing her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Lynch attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Dr. Lynch is affiliated with Nebraska Medicine and VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Graves disease

All Interests: Nystagmus, Hemifacial Spasm, Eye Movement Disorders, Thyroid Problems, Intracranial Hypertension, ... (Read more)

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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.