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We found 20 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Bronze HMO near Bolingbrook, IL.

Dr. Francis Stanley Lichon, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10 W Martin Avenue; Suite 40
Naperville, IL
 

Dr. Francis Lichon is an adult rheumatologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and lupus. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, Dr. Lichon completed his residency training at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Humana HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, scleroderma

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Scleroderma, Rheumatic Diseases, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Eric J Munn, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
7425 Janes Avenue; Suite 202
Woodridge, IL
 

Dr. Eric Munn specializes in adult rheumatology. These areas are among Dr. Munn's clinical interests: joint pain, osteoporosis, and lupus. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and residency at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center. He is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Joint Pain, Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Clarence William Brown Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
8110 S. Cass Avenue
Darien, IL
 

Dr. Clarence Brown is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, moles, and acne. Dr. Brown's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Brown accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. After attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Brown (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Greek, and Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Chemical Peels, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vassilios Athanasios Dimitropoulos, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
8110 S. Cass Avenue
Darien, IL
 

Dr. Vassilios Dimitropoulos' area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Dimitropoulos include warts, moles, and acne. Dr. Dimitropoulos's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He graduated from Rush Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Dimitropoulos (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Serbian, Spanish, and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Mohs Surgery, Skin Cancer ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald C Hoscheit II, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
100 Spalding Drive; Suite 208
Naperville, IL
 

Dr. Donald Hoscheit is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. Hoscheit completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Celiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Joshua Oliver Podjasek, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
8110 S Cass Avenue
Darien, IL
 

Dr. Joshua Podjasek sees patients in Darien, IL and Skokie, IL. His medical specialties are pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Podjasek include biopsy, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Podjasek completed a residency program at Mayo Clinic. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Atopic Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Skin Issues, Allergy Testing, Psoriasis, Biopsy, Dermatitis

Dr. Tamer Atassi, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
Lemont, IL
 

Dr. Tamer Atassi is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Joliet, IL and Lemont, IL. His clinical interests include ulcers, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Atassi is professionally affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Heartburn, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colon Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bharati Chittineni, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
550 E Boughton Road; Suite 170
Bolingbrook, IL
 

Dr. Bharati Chittineni is a pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology specialist. Dr. Chittineni's patients gave Dr. Chittineni an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Chittineni's clinical interests include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. Dr. Chittineni accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chittineni attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Chittineni's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Chittineni speaks Telugu. Dr. Chittineni is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Rosacea, Birthmark, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail ... (Read more)

Dr. Alwyn Dalvester Harriott, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
420 Schmidt Road; #235
Bolingbrook, IL
 

Dr. Alwyn Harriott works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit. Areas of expertise for Dr. Harriott include thyroid problems, celiac disease, and inguinal hernia repair. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Harriott's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Umbilical Hernia, Breast Biopsy, Bronchoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Abdominal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafael Piedra, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
100 Spalding Drive; Suite 208
Naperville, IL
 

Dr. Rafael Piedra practices adult gastroenterology. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Piedra's clinical interests include heartburn, colon cancer, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Piedra graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Piedra average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease, Heartburn, ... (Read more)

Dr. Harold L Mozwecz, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
100 Spalding Drive; Suite 208
Naperville, IL
 

Dr. Harold Mozwecz is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Mozwecz honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Colitis, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc A Fallah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
100 Spalding Drive; Suite 208
Naperville, IL
 

Dr. Marc Fallah's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Fallah (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Fallah is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Fallah is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Liver Disease, Celiac Disease, Heartburn, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andelka D Djordjevic, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
100 Spalding Drive; Suite 208
Naperville, IL
 

Dr. Andelka Losavio is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Losavio include ulcers, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Incontinence, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Ulcers, Swallowing Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. William Asad Mourad, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
100 Spalding Drive; Suite 208
Naperville, IL
 

Dr. William Mourad is an adult gastroenterologist in Naperville, IL and Downers Grove, IL. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at the University Hospitals, Cleveland for residency. Dr. Mourad is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Colon Cancer, Gallbladder Problems, Liver Disease, Celiac Disease, Heartburn, Pancreatic ... (Read more)

Dr. Elena Gogoneata, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
3510 Hobson Road; Suite 304
Woodridge, IL
 

Dr. Elena Gogoneata is a rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases) specialist. Her areas of expertise consist of osteoporosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Gogoneata's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare PPO, Aetna, and more. Dr. Gogoneata attended medical school at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. For her residency, Dr. Gogoneata trained at Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Gogoneata (or staff) is conversant in Romanian, French, and Russian. She is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

Dr. Rafi Mohammed Ali, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
100 Spalding Drive; Suite 208
Naperville, IL
 

Dr. Rafi Ali is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Ali accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Ali is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Liver Disease, Swallowing Problems, ... (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.