We found 45 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare Advantage near Washington, DC.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 4.55 stars (56 ratings)
102 Irving Street Northwest; Room 2141
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Robert Bunning is a rheumatologist in Washington, DC. Dr. Bunning is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a graduate of Washington Hospital Center's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Bunning include osteoporosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bunning is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans. His hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 4.69 stars (48 ratings)
110 Irving Street Northwest
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Christopher Collins' specialty is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include psoriatic arthritis, lupus nephritis, and polymyositis. Dr. Collins is affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Collins attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. Dr. Collins's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Erythema ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 4.87 stars (218 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Sean Whelton is an adult rheumatology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Whelton include psoriatic arthritis, lupus nephritis, and lupus. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Whelton attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Georgetown University Hospital for residency. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), psoriatic arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Ankylosing ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 4.32 stars (42 ratings)
110 Irving Street Nw; Suite 2a-66
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Anastasia Markopoulou specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Washington, DC. Her clinical interests include psoriatic arthritis, lupus, and polymyositis. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Markopoulou is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Crete Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Albany Medical Center for residency. Dr. Markopoulou (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), psoriatic arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.36 stars (97 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest; Main Building 2nd Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Mark Mattar is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Mattar has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Mattar is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Dr. Mattar (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Neurology
average rating 4.71 stars (99 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Robert Shin practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is especially interested in neuromyelitis optica, diplopia (double vision), and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Shin is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Shin attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has received distinctions including National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter, Health Care Professional of the Year; Ophthalmology Lecturer of the Year Award; and Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Shin's hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Maryland Health Care System and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , neuromyelitis optica, multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromyelitis Optica, Optic Neuritis, Diplopia

Jay Lustbader
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 4.77 stars (282 ratings)
110 Irving Street Northwest; Suite 1a-1
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Jay Lustbader is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Lustbader is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Lustbader's clinical interests: eye inflammation, refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), and pterygium. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans. Dr. Lustbader is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Pterygium, Eyelid Problems, Cataracts, Keratoconus, Refractive Surgery, Eye ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.43 stars (100 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest; Main Building, Room 2210
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Stanley Benjamin is a Washington, DC physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Benjamin's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal bleeding, achalasia, and gastric (stomach) ulcer. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Benjamin has received professional recognition including the following: Member, "Academy of Medicine, Washington". He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Benjamin is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Motility Disorders, Gastric Ulcer, Colon Polyps, Esophagitis, Hiatal Hernia, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.73 stars (126 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest; 2 Main
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Thomas Loughney's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Loughney is rated highly by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Loughney include esophageal motility disorders, celiac disease, and gastric (stomach) ulcer. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Loughney accepts. Before performing his residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Dr. Loughney attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: Top Recommended Gastroenterologist, Washington Consumer Checkbook; Washingtonian Magazine Best Doctor, multiple years; and James Leonard Award for Excellence in Teaching Internal Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Loughney's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Esophageal Motility Disorders, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hemorrhage, Colitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.27 stars (9 ratings)
106 Irving Street Northwest; Suite Nw, Physicians Office Building Suite 205 South Tower
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Ira Shocket's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. After attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dr. Shocket completed his residency training at Boston Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shocket include achalasia, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans. Dr. Shocket's hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Motility Disorders, Rectal Problems, Colitis, Bleeding, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.23 stars (115 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest; Pasquerilla Heltchare Center; 2nd Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Caren Palese works as an adult gastroenterologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Palese average 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: achalasia, celiac disease, and anal fissures. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed her residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Palese (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. Dr. Palese is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Achalasia, Esophageal Motility Disorders, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Hemorrhage, Rectal ... (Read more)

Kathy Patricia Bull-Henry
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.56 stars (82 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest; Building 2
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Kathy Bull-Henry specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Washington, DC. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bull-Henry include gastrointestinal bleeding, peptic ulcer, and celiac disease. Dr. Bull-Henry is professionally affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bull-Henry attended Boston University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Harlem Hospital Center.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Small Intestine Disorders, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Dermatopathology
average rating 4.47 stars (45 ratings)
110 Irving Street Northwest; Ci-2149
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Matthew Goldberg practices dermatopathology in Washington, DC. He is especially interested in acne and psoriasis. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Goldberg honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Goldberg trained at Maimonides Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In addition to English, Dr. Goldberg (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Goldberg's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mount Sinai Hospital, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Acne

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.55 stars (103 ratings)
1145 19th Street Nw; Suite 700
Washington, DC
 

Dr. James Frank is a gastroenterologist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: diverticular disease, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Frank is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Frank graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Frank trained at Washington DC VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Diverticular Disease, Rectal Bleeding, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 4.67 stars (152 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest; 2nd Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Aline Charabaty-Pishvaian's specialty is adult gastroenterology. After attending Saint Joseph University of Beirut for medical school, Dr. Charabaty-Pishvaian completed her residency training at Georgetown University Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Charabaty-Pishvaian include anal fistula, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Charabaty-Pishvaian (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. Dr. Charabaty-Pishvaian is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Gastric Ulcer, Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Anal Fistula, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
average rating 4.77 stars (139 ratings)
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest; Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 7th Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Carlos Mora's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Mora speaks Spanish. His areas of clinical interest consist of neuromyelitis optica, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Before performing his residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Mora attended Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school. Dr. Mora's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , neuromyelitis optica, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromyelitis Optica

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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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