We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept BlueOptions Essential Health S1401 near Cleveland, OH.

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Dr. Joseph Patrick Iannotti, PhD, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; Mc A41
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Joseph Iannotti, who practices in Cleveland, OH and Garfield Heights, OH, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Iannotti's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Iannotti include shoulder arthritis, shoulder revision, and shoulder arthroscopy. He is professionally affiliated with Marymount Hospital and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Iannotti accepts. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has received professional recognition including the following: Cleveland Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Shoulder Revision, Shoulder Dislocation, Revision Surgery, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shoulder Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Wael K Barsoum, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9500 Euclid Avenue; Desk A41
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Wael Barsoum is an orthopedic surgeon. Before performing his residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Barsoum attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Barsoum include knee arthritis, knee ligament injury, and joint aspiration (arthrocentesis). Patients gave Dr. Barsoum an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barsoum accepts. He is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Fairview Health Services.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Knee Arthritis, Knee Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Revision Arthroplasty, Total Hip Replacement, Hip ... (Read more)

Dr. Chetan R Malpe, MD
Specializes in Neurology
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Chetan Malpe's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Malpe include migraine, carpal tunnel syndrome, and electromyography (EMG). His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Malpe accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Malpe is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston and Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Dizziness, Radiculopathy, Neuromuscular Disorders, Status Epilepticus, Migraine, Dementia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gwendolyn Faye Lynch, MD
Specializes in Neurology
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Gwendolyn Lynch's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Lynch include brain aneurysm, atherosclerosis, and guillain-barre syndrome. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Lynch is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Lynch is professionally affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Hemorrhage, Pneumonia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Meningitis, Encephalitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mei Lu, PhD, MD
Specializes in Vascular Neurology, Neurophysiology
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
 

Dr. Mei Lu is a specialist in vascular neurology and neurophysiology. Her areas of expertise include post-polio syndrome (PPS), thoracic outlet syndrome, and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). Patient reviews placed Dr. Lu at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Peking University Health Science Center and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Lu is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Second Opinions, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Dermatomyositis, Spinal AVM, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dhimant Dani, MD
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
 

These areas are among Dr. Dhimant Dani's clinical interests: spinal cord injuries, brain aneurysm, and central line placement. Dr. Dani's hospital/clinic affiliations include Euclid Hospital, South Pointe Hospital, and Medina Hospital. He attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. He trained at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for residency. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dani takes.

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Relevant Interests: , Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Bronchoscopy, Hemorrhage, Hemorrhagic Stroke, Trachea Problems, Stroke, ... (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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