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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mc A41
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Joseph Iannotti's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before completing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Iannotti attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: shoulder arthritis, shoulder revision, and shoulder arthroscopy. The average patient rating for Dr. Iannotti is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Iannotti takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Cleveland Super Doctors; Graduated c um laude, Fordham University; and Biology Achievement Award, Fordham University. Dr. Iannotti (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Hebrew, and Arabic. His professional affiliations include Marymount Hospital and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Shoulder Revision, Shoulder Dislocation, Revision Surgery, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Wael Kamal Barsoum, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; Desk A41
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Wael Barsoum practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. He trained at Cleveland Clinic for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Barsoum include knee ligament injuries, joint aspiration (arthrocentesis), and knee arthroscopy. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Barsoum honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholar; Reviewer for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and Journal of Arthroplasty; and Grant support from Orthopaedic Operating Room of the Future Program (Co-Investigator). He is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Knee Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Revision Arthroplasty, Total Hip Replacement, Hip Revision, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Vascular Neurology, Neurophysiology
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code S80
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Mei Lu works as a vascular neurologist and neurophysiologist in Cleveland, OH. After attending Peking University Health Science Center for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Her areas of expertise include post-polio syndrome (PPS), thoracic outlet syndrome, and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). Patient ratings for Dr. Lu average 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lu is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Dermatomyositis, Spinal AVM, Radiculopathy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurology
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code S80
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Gwendolyn Lynch, who practices in Cleveland, OH, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among Dr. Lynch's clinical interests: brain aneurysm, guillain-barre syndrome, and neurocritical care. She is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lynch is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Lynch completed residency programs at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Ohio State University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Hemorrhage, Pneumonia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Brain Aneurysm, Carotid ... (Read more)

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9500 Euclid Avenue; Mail Code S80
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Dhimant Dani's clinical interests include spinal cord injuries, brain aneurysm, and central line placement. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Dr. Dani attended Medical College Baroda for medical school and subsequently trained at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Euclid Hospital, South Pointe Hospital, and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Bronchoscopy, Hemorrhage, Hemorrhagic Stroke, Trachea Problems, Stroke, ... (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.