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We found 4 immunologists who accept Humana Gold 2250/HMO Premier near Chicago Heights, IL.

Dr. James R Hunter Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
1423 Chicago Road
Chicago Heights, IL
 

Dr. James Hunter's specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Hunter is especially interested in asthma and allergies. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Viant, TRICARE, and Humana HMO. His professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, MetroSouth Medical Center, and Franciscan Alliance. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Allergies, Asthma

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Allergy & Immunology
1423 Chicago Road
Chicago Heights, IL
 

Dr. Richard Fitzsimons specializes in allergy & immunology. His professional affiliations include Palos Community Hospital, Franciscan Alliance, and Associated Allergists & Asthma Specialists. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Viant, and Community Care Network (CCN). Dr. Fitzsimons's practice is open to new patients. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Dr. James A Thompson, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Allergy & Immunology
1423 Chicago Road
Chicago Heights, IL
 

Dr. James Thompson is an allergist/immunologist. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Thompson is an in-network provider for Coventry, Viant, and Community Care Network (CCN), in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Thompson trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital, MetroSouth Medical Center, and Franciscan Alliance. He is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Allergy & Immunology
1423 Chicago Road
Chicago Heights, IL
 

Dr. Michael Flais is an allergy & immunology specialist. Viant, TRICARE, and Humana HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Flais honors. He graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. Dr. Flais is professionally affiliated with Franciscan Alliance. He is open to new patients.

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What is Immunology?

Immunology is the study and treatment of the immune system. This system is a complex arrangement that protects the body from foreign material and disease. If cells, viruses, or bacteria get past your skin and into your body where they can cause damage, the immune system works to find and destroy them.

If your immune system does not work effectively due to a disorder or infection, you may be treated by a clinical immunologist. Immunologists work to keep immune systems functioning as well as possible and to keep patients with weakened immune systems healthy. Some of the conditions an immunologist might treat include:
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Organ transplants, where the immune system must be suppressed to prevent infection
  • Primary immunodeficiencies, a number of rare disorders that make patients unusually susceptible to infections

The field of immunology has a great deal of overlap with other specialties that deal with the immune system. Specialists in immunology may, for example, treat patients with allergies or autoimmune disorders and vice-versa. The specialties related to clinical immunology are rheumatology, allergy-immunology, and infectious disease:
  • If the immune system is overreacting and attacking one’s own body instead of foreign material, the result can be inflammation and autoimmune disorders. Some diseases caused by an overactive immune system include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and fibromyalgia. Overactive immune disorders are most often treated by a rheumatologist.
  • If the immune system is misfiring and reacting to harmless material, the result is allergies or asthma. Sometimes these immune responses are so extreme that they can be life-threatening. Severe allergies can be treated by an allergist-immunologist.
  • Sometimes infections overwhelm the immune system. A physician who studies how the immune system responds to infection and how infections spread is called an infectious disease specialist. Infectious disease specialists may treat such serious illnesses as MRSA, lyme disease, or tuberculosis. Of all the immunology-related specialties, there is the most overlap between infectious disease management and clinical immunology because patients with weakened immune systems are more likely to catch diseases.

Immunologists treat and protect your body’s own defense system so that you can stay as healthy as possible.