We found 3 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Health Net HSP near Los Angeles, CA.

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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. 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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