We found 16 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare near North Bethesda, MD.

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Dr. Anu Sharma, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6001 Montrose Road; Suite 702
North Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Anu Sharma works as an adult rheumatologist in North Bethesda, MD. Dr. Sharma attended medical school at Saba University School of Medicine. She honors Medicare insurance. She has received distinctions including Nominated as a new "up and coming doc to watch", Washington Magazine; Best Physicians in Washington, Washington Magazine, 2012 - 2014; and Treasurer, Rheumatism Society of the District of Columbia, 2012 - 2013. She is professionally affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Spondylosis, Carpal ... (Read more)

Dr. Madalene K Greene, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10401 Old Georgetown Road; Suite 305
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Madalene Greene works as a rheumatologist. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Greene is professionally affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Joint Aspiration, Gout, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia

Dr. Yingxue Zhang, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
9031 Shady Grove Court
Gaithersburg, MD
 

Dr. Yingxue Zhang's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zhang include lupus. Dr. Zhang is professionally affiliated with Inova Fairfax Hospital. She trained at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center for residency. Dr. Zhang takes Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus

Dr. David Michael Katz, MD
Specializes in Other, Neurology
3202 Tower Oaks Boulevard; 330
N Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. David Katz's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Katz is an in-network provider for Coventry, Coventry Bronze, Coventry Silver, and more. He is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Katz's medical residency was performed at Duke University Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors; Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors; and Clinical Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology, Georgetown University Hospital. His professional affiliations include Howard University Hospital and Suburban Hospital (Bethesda, MD).

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Relevant Interests: , neuromyelitis optica, multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Graves disease

All Interests: Intracranial Hypertension, Graves Disease, Meningioma, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Dizziness, ... (Read more)

Dr. Leonard Marvin Parver, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
6410 Rockledge Drive; Suite 400
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Leonard Parver's specialty is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). In addition to English, Dr. Parver (or staff) speaks Amharic, Arabic, and Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Parver include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and cataract surgery. Dr. Parver is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Suburban Hospital (Bethesda, MD), and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Parver trained at Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal for residency. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Parver has received professional recognition including the following: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors; Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology; and Vicennial Award, Georgetown University. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Hypertension, Crohn's Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Roger J Packer, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
Montgomery County Outpatient Center
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. Roger Packer's specialty is pediatric neurology. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Packer is especially interested in myasthenia gravis and brain tumor. He honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Packer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's National Health System, Shady Grove Medical Center, and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Learning Disabilities, Brain Tumor

Dr. Jordan Lawrence Heffez, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
6410 Rockledge Drive; 400
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Jordan Heffez is a specialist in vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). He attended Temple University School of Medicine and St. George's University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He has indicated that his clinical interests include uveitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Heffez accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Heffez has received the distinction of Chief Resident, Tulane University. Dr. Heffez (or staff) speaks Telephone Interpretation and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Suburban Hospital (Bethesda, MD), MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and Inova Fairfax Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cataracts, Hypertension, Crohn's Disease, Surgical Procedures, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Philip Rabin, MD, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Montgomery County Outpatient Center
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. Jeffrey Rabin is a pediatric rehabilitation medicine specialist. His areas of expertise consist of myasthenia gravis, tourette syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Dr. Rabin accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's National Health System and MedStar Health. Dr. Rabin welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Cerebral Palsy, Spine Problems, Tourette Syndrome, Neuromuscular Disorders

Dr. Andre Robert Gazdag, MD
Specializes in Other
10215 Fernwood Road; The Camalier Building, Suite 506
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Andre Gazdag has indicated that his clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis, sports health, and surgical procedures. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gazdag is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Gazdag's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is professionally affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Sports Health, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Musculoskeletal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Ankle Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Frederic Stephens, MD
Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
6410 Rockledge Drive; Suite 400
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Robert Stephens' area of specialization is vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). Clinical interests for Dr. Stephens include diabetic retinopathy, vitreous problems, and laser surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Stephens is in-network for Medicare insurance. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Stephens completed a residency program at Wills Eye Institute. His distinctions include: Assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology, George Washington University; Previous vice chairman, Washington National Eye Center at Washington Hospital Center; and Professor of clinical ophthalmology, Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Stephens is professionally affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Allergies, Vascular Disease, Retina Problems, Crohn's Disease, Laser Surgery, Diabetic Retinopathy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Allison Ehrlich Ehrlich, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
6410 Rockledge Drive; Suite 201
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Alison Ehrlich is a surgical dermatologist. Dr. Ehrlich's average rating from her patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ehrlich include allergic contact dermatitis and psoriasis. She is affiliated with GW Medical Faculty Associates. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Ehrlich attended medical school at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Allergic Contact Dermatitis, Psoriasis

Dr. Raul Nestor Mandler, MD
Specializes in Neurology
6000 Executive Boulevard
North Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Raul Mandler is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Dr. Mandler has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mandler (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew, Spanish, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Peripheral Neuropathy, Alzheimer's Disease

Anisa I Gire
Specializes in Optometry
7315 Wisconsin Avenue; West Tower, Suite 610
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Anisa Gire is an optometrist in Bethesda, MD and Baltimore, MD. She is affiliated with Wilmer Eye Institute. Dr. Gire is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Dry Eyes, Sjogren's Syndrome, Cornea Problems

Dr. James Yan, MD
Specializes in Neurology
11119 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. James Yan practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). After completing medical school at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Yan include peripheral neuropathy, parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis (MS). His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Yan has received the distinction of Honor Roll, Healthgrades. He is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sleep Problems, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's Palsy, Parkinson's Disease, Migraine, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

Dr. Adam Friedman, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
4920 Elm Street; Suite 250
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Adam Friedman works as a dermatologist. Dr. Friedman attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: acne, lupus, and psoriasis. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Friedman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Albert Einstein College of Medicine and GW Medical Faculty Associates.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Sarcoidosis, Wounds, Hives, Skin Infection, Acne, Hair Loss, Lupus

Specializes in Dermatopathology
10313 Georgia Avenue; Suite 309
Silver Spring, MD
 

Dr. Elizabeth Dugan is a dermatopathology specialist in Silver Spring, MD, Bethesda, MD, and Baltimore, MD. She has indicated that her clinical interests include lymphoma, autoimmune disorders, and melanoma. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Dugan completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Dugan's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Lymphoma, Autoimmune Disorders, Melanoma

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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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