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We found 28 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept CIGNA POS near Downers Grove, IL.

Dr. Nicole Cara Richman, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
801 N Cass Avenue; Suite 150
Westmont, IL
 

Dr. Nicole Richman's specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Richman include arthritis and scleroderma. Dr. Richman is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders, scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma, Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Elisa Yang Mee Rhew, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
430 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 240
Glen Ellyn, IL
 

Dr. Elisa Rhew's specialty is adult rheumatology. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Rhew is a graduate of Brown University, Alpert Medical School and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Kamran A Chaudhary, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2340 South Highland Avenue; Suite 160
Lombard, IL
 

Dr. Kamran Chaudhary is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among Dr. Chaudhary's clinical interests: vitamin D deficiency, nutrition counseling, and psoriatic arthritis. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Depression, Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Back Problems, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

Dr. Pin Lin, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
430 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 240
Glen Ellyn, IL
 

Dr. Pin Lin's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Her average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Lin's clinical interests: osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Lin attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. She is conversant in Mandarin. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, Autoimmune Disorders, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anna Adenine Stanislaus, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
801 N Cass Avenue; Suite 150
Westmont, IL
 

Dr. Anna Stanislaus is an adult rheumatology specialist in Westmont, IL. After attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Stanislaus is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Vascular Disease, Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Michael L Sams, MD
Specializes in Physical Therapy, Adult Rheumatology
430 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 340
Glen Ellyn, IL
 

Dr. Michael Sams specializes in physical therapy and adult rheumatology and practices in Naperville, IL and Glen Ellyn, IL. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Sams's areas of clinical interest consist of lupus, arthritis, and sjogren's syndrome. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Arthritis, Lupus, Sjogren's Syndrome, Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Brinda P Joshi, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
801 N Cass Avenue; Suite 150
Westmont, IL
 

Dr. Brinda Joshi specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Joshi attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, psoriasis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma, Osteopathic Medicine, Knee Problems, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Women's Health ... (Read more)

Dr. James John Herrmann, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
199 Town Square, Suite A; 2nd Floor
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. James Herrmann works as a pediatric dermatologist, dermatopathologist, and surgical dermatologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and psoriasis. Dr. Herrmann has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Herrmann completed his residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Herpes, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Facial Problems, Hair Problems, Tattoo Removal, Birthmark, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald C Hoscheit II, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
430 Warrenville Road; Suite 310
Lisle, IL
 

Dr. Donald Hoscheit is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Hoscheit is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Hoscheit takes 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. Manish Prabhakar Kapadia, MD
Specializes in Neurology
430 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 180
Glen Ellyn, IL
 

Dr. Manish Kapadia works as a neurologist. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kapadia completed a residency program at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Kapadia is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Electrophysiological Study, Epilepsy, Alzheimer's Disease, Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Peak Rubin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Rubin is a pediatric neurologist in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. Her areas of expertise include neurological disorders. Dr. Rubin is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. Before performing her residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Rubin attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology, Neurological Disorders

Dr. Marisa Sue Klein-Gitelman, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Marisa Klein-Gitelman is a specialist in pediatric rheumatology. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. In her practice, she is particularly interested in lupus, vasculitis, and arthritis. Dr. Klein-Gitelman honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Klein-Gitelman obtained her medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed her residency at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. She has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Klein-Gitelman has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Arthritis, Lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Melanie L Zahner, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
Elm Plaza 908 N Elm Street; Suite 300
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Melanie Zahner is a pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist. Dr. Zahner's patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. These areas are among her clinical interests: academic dermatology, nail issues, and hair problems. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Delnor Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Cosmetic Surgery, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Mohs Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Nail ... (Read more)

Dr. Norman A Aliga, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic; 26w171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Norman Aliga's specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Areas of expertise for Dr. Aliga include prosthetics, amputee rehabilitation, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of the Philippines and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Aliga attended the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center for medical school. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Aliga (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino and Ilocano. Dr. Aliga is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Prosthetics, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Amputee ... (Read more)

Dr. John Maddalozzo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. John Maddalozzo's area of specialization is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). Dr. Maddalozzo's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Autoimmune Disorders, Tonsillectomy, Inflammation

Dr. Laura A Oswald, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
7 Blanchard Circle; Suite 200
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Laura Oswald works as a family practitioner in Wheaton, IL. She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Oswald honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at MacNeal Hospital. Dr. Oswald is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hypertension, Osteopathic Medicine, Diabetes, Sinusitis, High Cholesterol, Women's Health Issues, ... (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.