We found 10 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare Gold near Mckinney, TX.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4510 Medical Center Drive; #318
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Rajesh Putcha is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Putcha's clinical interests include hepatitis C, celiac disease, and liver tumor. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC). He obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Putcha is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Liver Tumor, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hepatectomy, Bowel Resection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ravi Shankar Chittajallu, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4521 Medical Center Drive; Suite 500
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Ravi Chittajallu sees patients in McKinney, TX and Allen, TX. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon polypectomy, hepatitis C, and gallbladder problems. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chittajallu studied medicine at Andhra Medical College. Dr. Chittajallu (or staff) speaks Telugu, Spanish, and Hindi. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Medical Center of McKinney. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chittajallu's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Intestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Pancreatitis, Stent, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bharathy E Kalimuthu, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2517 West Virginia Parkway; Suite 102
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Bharathy Sundaram works as a neurologist. After attending Madras Medical College and St. Louis University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Her areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS) and spasticity. Dr. Sundaram is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Sundaram is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Medical Center of McKinney.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Spasticity

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4510 Medical Center Drive; Suite 318
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Gabriel Rendon is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Rendon attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. These areas are among his clinical interests: colon cancer, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and crohn's disease. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rendon accepts. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Rendon is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Rectal Problems, Gallstones, Enteroscopy, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Easwar Meenakshi Sundaram Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurology
2517 Virginia Parkway; Suite 102
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Easwar Sundaram is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He has indicated that his clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and stroke. Dr. Sundaram is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Medical Center of McKinney. Dr. Sundaram honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care, Dr. Sundaram attended medical school at Madras Medical College and the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Stroke, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease

Dr. Steven Paul Overn, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
5252 West University Drive
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Steven Overn specializes in family medicine and practices in McKinney, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Overn average 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Overn include cancer screening, acne, and sleep apnea. Dr. Overn is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Overn honors. Dr. Overn is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Akron General Medical Center's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Cancer Screening, Atrial Fibrillation, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Appendicitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Heather Ann Bass, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2730 Virginia Parkway; Suite 200
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Heather Bass' specialty is family medicine. These areas are among her clinical interests: wheezing, atrial fibrillation, and appendicitis. Dr. Bass's average rating from her patients is 1.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. She is affiliated with Baylor Family Medicine at McKinney.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Wheezing, Appendicitis, Diabetes Management, Immunization, Bronchitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Craig Strength, MD, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5236 W University Drive; Suite 2300
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Steven Strength practices general internal medicine in McKinney, TX and Plano, TX. These areas are among his clinical interests: cancer screening, acne, and sleep apnea. Dr. Strength is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He graduated from the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Appendicitis, Diabetes Management, Bronchitis, Bursitis, Chronic Fatigue ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan David Richey, DO
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
5236 West University Drive; Suite 2200
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Jonathan Richey sees patients in McKinney, TX and Prosper, TX. His medical specialty is surgical dermatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Richey include warts, allergic contact dermatitis, and moles. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Dermatology Specialists. Dr. Richey accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Richey trained at POH Regional Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Dermabrasion, Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis, Herpes, Juvederm, Chemical Peels, Skin Infection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Clyde Aulgin Collins, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5236 West University Drive; Suite 2200
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Clyde Collins is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Collins's areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis C, celiac disease, and liver tumor. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Liver Tumor, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Gallstones, Gastritis, ... (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.
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