We found 11 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Anthem EPO near Los Angeles, CA.

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Dr. Suzanne Kafaja, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1000 Veteran Ave. Ucla Division of Rheumatology; 32-59
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Suzanne Kafaja's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in scleroderma. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kafaja takes. She studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. She trained at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center for her residency. In addition to English, Dr. Kafaja (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. Dr. Kafaja is professionally affiliated with Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma

Dr. Philip J Clements, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Ucla Medical Plaza, Peter Morton Medical Building; Suite 365-b
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Philip Clements' specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clements include scleroderma. Dr. Clements has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Clements accepts. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Clements has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma

Dr. Melanie R Goldfarb, MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology
1441 Eastlake Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Melanie Goldfarb practices surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Her clinical interests include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), cushing's syndrome, and hyperparathyroidism. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Goldfarb accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program. She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Goldfarb (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Providence Medical Institute and Providence Saint John's Health Center. Dr. Goldfarb welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Graves Disease, Thyroid Surgery, Pheochromocytoma, Lymph Node ... (Read more)

Dr. Tommy Ho-Yin Chen, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
50 Bellefontaine Street; #301
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Tommy Chen's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Cantonese. He has a special interest in infections, psoriasis, and skin cancer. Dr. Chen is affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and PIH Health. After attending Emory University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Chen's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Infections

Dr. David Quan-You Shih, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
100 S Alameda Street; Unit 135
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. David Shih is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Shih is conversant in Mandarin. His areas of expertise include gastrointestinal bleeding, immunotherapy, and gastroscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. Before completing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Shih attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Immunotherapy, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Colonoscopy, Gastroscopy

Dr. Jay Moon Lee, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jay Lee is a specialist in thoracic surgery. He works in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Lee is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Lee trained at Georgetown University Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: thoracic outlet syndrome, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and collapsed lung (pneumothorax). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Los Angeles Magazine's "Super Doctors" List; and UCLA Health Leadership Academy, Advisory Board. Dr. Lee's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Pectus Excavatum, Tumor, Stenosis, Pleural Effusion, Thymectomy, Hiatal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Physiatry
1130 S. Flower Street; #412
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jerry Pryde specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, spinal cord injuries, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Pryde is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at VA Long Beach Healthcare System. Dr. Pryde is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Spinal Cord Injuries, Spasticity, Stroke Rehabilitation, Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Neena Kapoor, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology, Pediatric Oncology
4650 Sunset Boulevard; Ms 62
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Neena Kapoor is a pediatric hematology and pediatric oncology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Kapoor include blood and marrow transplant. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She studied medicine at Indira Gandhi Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at Rhode Island Hospital. She has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Kapoor is affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Blood and Marrow Transplant, Transplant Procedures, Autoimmune Disorders, Infections

Dr. Michael Clark Graves, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Michael Graves specializes in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Graves has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: peripheral neuropathy, post-polio syndrome (PPS), and thoracic outlet syndrome. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Dr. Graves has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Post-Polio Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric Esrailian, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
100 Ucla Medical Plaza, Division of Digestive Diseases; Suite 265
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Eric Esrailian is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: bleeding, barrett's esophagus, and ulcers. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Esrailian takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for his residency. Dr. Esrailian has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and The Lincy Foundation Chair in Clinical Gastroenterology. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Foreign Body Removal, Bleeding, Enteroscopy, Acid Reflux, Polypectomy, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan S Tam, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Allergy & Immunology
4650 Sunset Boulevard; Ms 75
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jonathan Tam is a medical specialist in allergy & immunology. Dr. Tam is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Anaphylaxis, Atopic Dermatitis, Asthma, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Primary ... (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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