We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Detroit, MI.

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Dr. Ilyes Benchaala, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
4160 John R; Suite 917
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Ilyes Benchaala's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Benchaala has indicated that his clinical interests include myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Benchaala (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic and French. His professional affiliations include DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG).

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

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

Dr. Peter Jerome Aronson, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
4646 John R
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Peter Aronson is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). He is affiliated with DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG). His education and training includes medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Aronson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Dr. Robert Philip Lisak, MD
Specializes in Neurology
4201 St Antoine; Suite 8a & 8b
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Robert Lisak is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Detroit, MI. He attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Lisak accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. He has received professional recognition including the following: Detroit Super Doctors. Dr. Lisak's professional affiliations include DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Children's Hospital of Michigan.

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

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Muscle Diseases

Dr. Evanthia Bernitsas, MD
Specializes in Neurology
4201 St Antoine; Suite 8a & 8b
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. Evanthia Bernitsas sees patients in Detroit, MI and Southfield, MI. Her medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Bernitsas (or staff) is conversant in Greek and French. She has indicated that her clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Bernitsas is affiliated with DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Children's Hospital of Michigan. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. James Franklin Selwa, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Neurology
4201 St Antoine; Suite 8a & 8b
Detroit, MI
 

Dr. James Selwa is a neurophysiologist, neurologist, and neuromuscular medicine specialist. In addition to English, he speaks German. Dr. Selwa is affiliated with DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Electromyography, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Muscle Diseases

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4201 St. Antoine; Suite 8a
Detroit, MI
 

Ms. Christina Caon's specialty is general internal medicine. She has indicated that her clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS). Ms. Caon accepts United Healthcare Navigate, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Harper University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

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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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