We found 11 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare Advantage near Washington, DC.

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Dr. Victoria Kate Shanmugam, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2150 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 2b
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Victoria Shanmugam's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shanmugam takes. Dr. Shanmugam studied medicine at Imperial College London Faculty of Medicine and Oxford University Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at Georgetown University Medical Center. She is affiliated with MedStar Health and GW Medical Faculty Associates. Dr. Shanmugam is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Chronic Wounds, Hidradenitis Suppurativa, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
102 Irving Street Nw; Room 2141
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Robert Bunning practices adult rheumatology in Washington, DC. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bunning include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Bunning takes MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and performed his residency at Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Bunning is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, Replacement Arthroplasty, Osteoarthritis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw, Suite 3004; Phc 3rd Floor, Div. of Rheum, Georgetown University Hos
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Carol Deane Mitnick practices adult rheumatology in Washington, DC. After completing medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, she performed her residency at Georgetown University Hospital. She has a special interest in lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Mitnick's average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mitnick is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 6th Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Emily Myers is a specialist in adult rheumatology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. After completing medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Dr. Myers performed her residency at Summa Akron City Hospital. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Myers has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
110 Irving Street Nw; Room 1a 50b
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Arthur Weinstein's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Weinstein's areas of expertise include the following: lupus, lyme disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Wellesley Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, and Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Weinstein honors several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, Lyme Disease

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
110 Irving Street Nw; Suite 2a-66
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Anastasia Markopoulou is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Markopoulou is rated highly by her patients. She is especially interested in myositis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Markopoulou graduated from the University of Crete Faculty of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Albany Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Markopoulou (or staff) speaks Spanish and Greek. She is affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal Problems, Gout, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
2-phc, Room P2022; 3800 Reservoir Road, Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Thomas Faust works as an adult gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Faust average 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: hepatitis, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and autoimmune disorders. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Faust takes. Before performing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Faust attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for medical school. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Faust include: Best Doctors in America and Multiple teaching awards. He offers interpreting services for his patients. His professional affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Esophagus Problems, Hepatobiliary ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
110 Irving Street Nw; Rm 1a-50b
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Mark Lin's medical specialty is neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). For his professional training, Dr. Lin completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: spinal cord injuries, parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Mandarin and Cantonese. Dr. Lin is professionally affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Washington DC VA Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, Movement Disorders, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 7th Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Carlo Tornatore is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Georgetown University Hospital's residency program. His clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS). Patients gave Dr. Tornatore an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Tornatore is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

Specializes in Neurology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 7th Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Benjamin Osborne works as a neurologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Osborne is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri). Dr. Osborne is in-network for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed his residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Osborne's hospital/clinic affiliations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Intracranial Hypertension, Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Eye Problems

Specializes in Neurology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 7th Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Carlos Mora works as a neurologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Mora is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mora include multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cancer, and brain cancer. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He honors MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Mora obtained his medical school training at Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences and performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Brain Cancer, Spinal Cancer, Neurological Disorders

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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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