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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 in McKinney, TX and Allen, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Putcha include hepatitis C, celiac disease, and liver tumor. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Putcha has an open panel. After attending the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Ravi Chittajallu is an adult gastroenterology specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: colon polypectomy, hepatitis C, and gallbladder problems. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Medical Center of McKinney. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chittajallu honors. He is accepting new patients. He graduated from Andhra Medical College. Dr. Chittajallu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Bharathy Sundaram's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She is rated highly by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sundaram include multiple sclerosis (MS) and spasticity. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. She is a graduate of Madras Medical College and St. Louis University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Sundaram is affiliated with 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

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

Dr. Gabriel Rendon practices adult gastroenterology in McKinney, TX and Plano, TX. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Rendon's areas of expertise include colon cancer, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC). He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Parkland Community Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rendon accepts. Dr. Rendon has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Easwar Sundaram's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient ratings for Dr. Sundaram average 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and stroke. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sundaram honors. His education and training includes medical school at Madras Medical College and the University of Vermont College of Medicine and residency at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care. Dr. Sundaram's professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health and Medical Center of McKinney.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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

Dr. Heather Bass is a family medicine physician. Dr. Bass's areas of expertise include atrial fibrillation, appendicitis, and heartburn. Her average rating from her patients is 1.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Bass trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Baylor Family Medicine at McKinney.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Overn's areas of expertise include the following: cancer screening, acne, and sleep apnea. He 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 accepts. Dr. Overn is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Overn completed a residency program at Akron General Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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

Dr. Steven Strength's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Strength's areas of expertise include cancer screening, acne, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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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 Dermatology
5236 West University Drive; Suite 2200
Mckinney, TX
 

Dr. Jonathan Richey sees patients in McKinney, TX and Prosper, TX. His medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). His clinical interests include warts, allergic contact dermatitis, and moles. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Richey accepts. Before completing his residency at POH Regional Medical Center, Dr. Richey attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health and Dermatology Specialists.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis, Herpes, Chemical Peels, Skin Infection, Nail Surgery, Viral ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Clyde Collins' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Collins graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. His areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis C, celiac disease, and liver tumor. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Collins 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.