We found 23 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 is an adult rheumatology specialist in Westmont, IL. Dr. Richman is especially interested in arthritis and scleroderma. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Richman welcomes new patients.

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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 310
Glen Ellyn, IL
 

Dr. Elisa Rhew's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Before completing her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Rhew attended medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. She has indicated that her clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rhew takes. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, Autoimmune Disorders

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

Dr. Anna Stanislaus' specialty is adult rheumatology. Her clinical interests include osteoporosis, lupus, and arthritis. Dr. Stanislaus accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Stanislaus completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Stanislaus is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Kamran A Chaudhary, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1s450 Summit Oaks; Suite 390
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. Kamran Chaudhary is an adult rheumatologist in Schaumburg, IL and Oak Brook Terrace, IL. After attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Chaudhary's areas of expertise include vitamin D deficiency, nutrition counseling, and psoriatic arthritis. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Chaudhary is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and St. Alexius Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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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 310
Glen Ellyn, IL
 

Dr. Pin Lin specializes in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lin include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. In addition to English, Dr. Lin speaks Mandarin. Dr. Lin is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Michael Sams is a physical therapist and adult rheumatologist in Naperville, IL and Glen Ellyn, IL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in lupus, arthritis, and sjogren's syndrome. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Sams honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sams is open to new patients. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

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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 is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Naperville, IL and Westmont, IL. Her clinical interests include knee problems, trigger point injections, and lupus. Dr. Joshi is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Donald Hoscheit's specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Hoscheit's clinical interests: colorectal surgery procedures, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Hoscheit is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Jennifer Rubin is a specialist in pediatric neurology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rubin include neurological disorders. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and performed her residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Rubin is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), transverse myelitis

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology, Transverse Myelitis, 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 is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Klein-Gitelman's clinical interests include lupus, vasculitis, and arthritis. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Klein-Gitelman takes. She welcomes new patients. She attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital for residency. She has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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

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

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

Dr. John Maddalozzo is a pediatric otolaryngologist. Dr. Maddalozzo studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Maddalozzo has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Autoimmune Disorders, Tonsillectomy, Inflammation

Dr. James W Schroeder II, Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. James Schroeder practices pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Westchester, IL. Patient reviews placed Dr. Schroeder at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: tonsilitis, hearing loss, and psoriatic arthritis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice. Before performing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Schroeder attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Schroeder's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Hearing Loss, Arthritis, Tonsil ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Norman Aliga sees patients in Wheaton, IL. His medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). His areas of expertise include the following: amputee rehabilitation, prosthetics, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Aliga is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Aliga (or staff) speaks the following languages: Filipino and Ilocano. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. Dr. Aliga has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Dr. Manish Prabhakar Kapadia, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
430 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 180
Glen Ellyn, IL
 

Dr. Manish Kapadia is a neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Naperville, IL, Plainfield, IL, and Glen Ellyn, IL. His clinical interests include cerebrovascular disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), and parkinson's disease. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Before completing his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Kapadia attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Electrophysiological Study, Autoimmune Disorders, Epilepsy, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Andelka D Djordjevic, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
430 Warrenville Road; Suite 310
Lisle, IL
 

Dr. Andelka Losavio is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Her areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Losavio is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Losavio is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Rafi Mohammed Ali, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3825 Highland Avenue; Suite 310
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Rafi Ali is a gastroenterologist. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for residency. These areas are among Dr. Ali's clinical interests: heartburn, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu and Hindi. Dr. Ali is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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