We found 7 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Westlake Village, CA.

William Joshua Martin MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1250 La Venta Drive; Suite 207
Westlake Village, CA

Dr. William Martin practices adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include the following: myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Martin's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Martin trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington.

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Relevant Interests: , Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

All Interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, Osteoar ... (Read more)

Dr Anita Susan Pakula MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
Average rating 4.83 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
1250 La Venta Drive; 105
Westlake Village, CA

Dr. Anita Pakula is a surgical dermatology specialist in Thousand Oaks, CA and Westlake Village, CA. These areas are among Dr. Pakula's clinical interests: psoriasis, laser treatment, and surgical procedures. She is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Patient ratings for Dr. Pakula average 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Botox Injection, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Surgical Procedures ... (Read more)

Dr Rimma Shaposhnikov MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Average rating 3.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
1250 La Venta Drive; Suite 211, Westlake Village - Specialty Care, Suite 211
Westlake Village, CA

Dr. Rimma Shaposhnikov's specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: bleeding, ulcers, and hepatobiliary disorders. Dr. Shaposhnikov is professionally affiliated with UCLA Health. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, she performed her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Shaposhnikov (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , Celiac Disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Foreign Body Removal, Bleeding, Enteroscopy, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Hepatob ... (Read more)

Melvin Weiwen Chiu MD
Specializes in Dermatology
Average rating 4.12 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
1250 La Venta Drive; Suite 100, Westlake Village - Specialty Care, Suite 100
Westlake Village, CA

Dr. Melvin Chiu sees patients in Santa Monica, CA, Westlake Village, CA, and Thousand Oaks, CA. His medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). His clinical interests include psoriasis and skin cancer. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Chiu performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Chiu's professional affiliations include UCLA Health and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , Psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer

Veena V Sengupta MD
Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology
Average rating 1.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
29525 Canwood Drive; Suite 202, 29525 Canwood Drive Suite 202
Agoura Hills, CA

Dr. Veena Sengupta is a specialist in osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She works in West Hills, CA and Agoura Hills, CA. Dr. Sengupta graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and then she performed her residency at Parkland Health & Hospital System. Her areas of expertise include the following: back pain, tremors, and nerve conduction studies (NCS). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Sengupta (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Japanese. Dr. Sengupta is affiliated with West Hills Hospital & Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Multiple Sclerosis

All Interests: Headache, Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Nerve Cond ... (Read more)

Dr Hamed NayebHashemi
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
100 Moody Court; Suite 200
Thousand Oaks, CA

Dr. Hamed Nayeb-Hashemi's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include bleeding, ulcers, and polypectomy (polyp removal). He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Nayeb-Hashemi attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Certificate for Excellence in Tutoring - Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nayeb-Hashemi is affiliated with UCLA Health.

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Relevant Interests: , Celiac Disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Bleeding, Pancreatic Cyst, Acid Reflux, Liver Biopsy, Polypectomy, Hepatobiliary Dis ... (Read more)

Jenna Trubschenck PAC
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
32144 Agoura Road; Suite 112
Westlake Village, CA

These areas are among Ms. Jennifer Trubschenck's clinical interests: rosacea, allergic reaction, and acne. Ms. Trubschenck is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , Psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Laser Resurfacing, Wounds, IPL Photofacial, Laser Hair Removal, Chemica ... (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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