We found 12 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Dr. Kuntal Mihir Thaker, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2850 Commercial Crossing
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kuntal Thaker works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Thaker is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, Dr. Thaker focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Thaker completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Thaker (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Thaker has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Josh P Novic, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; #d
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Josh Novic works as a neurologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Novic is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Novic has indicated that his clinical interests include neurological disorders. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Novic (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, French, and Dutch. Dr. Novic's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Novic's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Radiculopathy, Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Brain Hemorrhage, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc H Levin, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neuro-Ophthalmology
2025 Soquel Avenue; Level 3
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Marc Levin is a specialist in neuro-ophthalmology. He works in San Francisco, CA, Palo Alto, CA, and San Carlos, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Levin include eye problems. Dr. Levin accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Scheie Eye Institute, Dr. Levin attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, and San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). Dr. Levin welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Eye Movement Disorders, Graves Disease, Strabismus Surgery, Facial Problems, Eye Problems, Botox ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael A Gansaeuer, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; Suite F
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Michael Gansaeuer is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. He is rated highly by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: peripheral neuropathy, stroke, and neurological disorders. Dr. Gansaeuer accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gansaeuer attended medical school at the University of Cologne Faculty of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis for residency. Dr. Gansaeuer (or staff) speaks the following languages: German and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Stroke, Epilepsy, Neurological Disorders, Memory Loss, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Brandon Donald Culver, MD
Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
2025 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Brent Culver is a medical specialist in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). Dr. Culver has indicated that his clinical interests include rheumatic diseases. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Before performing his residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, Dr. Culver attended the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Culver is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Sjogren's Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kourosh F Ghassemi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1662 Dominican Way
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Kourosh Ghassemi is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Santa Cruz, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Ghassemi accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Ghassemi attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He speaks Persian. Dr. Ghassemi's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Interventional Endoscopy, Gallstones, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary M. Morrill Morrill, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Mary Chuba sees patients in Soquel, CA and Los Gatos, CA. Her medical specialty is dermatological immunology. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Chuba's areas of expertise include skin issues. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Chuba's education and training includes medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Injectable Fillers, Rosacea, Laser Treatment, Skin Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Grant Andrew De La Motte, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; Suite D
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Grant Delamotte specializes in neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Santa Cruz, CA. He has a special interest in neurological disorders. Dr. Delamotte's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His education and training includes medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Delamotte is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, Dementia, Brain Hemorrhage, Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian T Brunelli, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1661 Soquel Drive; #d
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Brian Brunelli is a neurologist. Dr. Brunelli has indicated that his clinical interests include neurological disorders. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Brunelli is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Radiculopathy, Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Myasthenia Gravis, Evoked Potential Test, Nerve Conduction ... (Read more)

Dr. Marin S Muller, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Marin Muller's specialty is general internal medicine. He has indicated that his clinical interests include internal medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Muller honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Muller's office for an appointment. After attending the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. Dr. Muller (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, German, and French.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Men's Health Issues, Heart Problems, Internal Medicine, Celiac Disease, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Issues

Dr. Gilbert Goodman, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1301 Mission Street; 1st Floor
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Gilbert Goodman's specialty is general internal medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in internal medicine. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Goodman completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Low Testosterone, Sleep Disorders, Bone Diseases, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Back Problems, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Margaret Jacqueline Mioduszewski, MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Other
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Margaret Mioduszewski is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. In her practice, she is particularly interested in skin issues. Dr. Mioduszewski accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa. Dr. Mioduszewski (or staff) is conversant in French and Polish. Dr. Mioduszewski is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Herpes, Rosacea, Scabies, Shingles, Mole Removal, Skin ... (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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