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We found 41 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Cigna 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 area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise consist of arthritis and scleroderma. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Richman 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. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Richman's office for an appointment.

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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 specialty is adult rheumatology. Her clinical interests encompass rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Rhew is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School, she performed her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Pin Lin, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
430 Pennsylvania Avenue; Suite 310
Glen Ellyn, IL
 

Dr. Pin Lin is an adult rheumatology specialist. In addition to English, Dr. Lin speaks Mandarin. Her clinical interests include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Lin studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Kamran A Chaudhary, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2340 South Highland Avenue; Suite 160
Lombard, IL
 

Dr. Kamran Chaudhary practices adult rheumatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Chaudhary average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chaudhary's areas of expertise include the following: vitamin D deficiency, nutrition counseling, and psoriatic arthritis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Chaudhary is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for his residency.

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

Dr. Anna Stanislaus' medical specialty is adult rheumatology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in osteoporosis, lupus, and arthritis. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Stanislaus accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She welcomes new patients. She attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Arthritis, Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, Vascular Disease

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

Dr. Michael Sams' areas of specialization are physical therapy and adult rheumatology. Dr. Sams's areas of expertise include lupus, arthritis, and sjogren's syndrome. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Sams is accepting new patients.

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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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Joshi include knee problems, trigger point injections, and lupus. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Joshi has an open panel. She studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Joshi trained at Advocate Lutheran General 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. Diana Segalite Sandler, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
911 N. Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Diana Sandler's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Before completing her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Sandler attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Her clinical interests encompass joint pain, autoimmune disorders, and gout. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA) are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sandler honors. In addition to English, she speaks Russian. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and NorthShore Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Joint Pain, Gout, Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders

Dr. G Wendell Richmond, MD
Specializes in Allergy, Immunology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 205
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. G. Richmond works as an allergist and immunologist. His areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. Dr. Richmond is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare PPO. He studied medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, autoimmune disorders, Sjogren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Allergies, Hives, HIV/AIDS, Sinusitis, Hay Fever, Lupus, Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Eric Munn is an adult rheumatology specialist. He graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Munn include joint pain, osteoporosis, and lupus. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Munn 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 MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
8110 S Cass Avenue
Darien, IL
 

Dr. Clarence Brown's area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Brown (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Greek, and Russian. 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. After completing medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Brown's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Donald Hoscheit is a gastroenterologist in Naperville, IL, Lisle, IL, and Geneva, IL. His clinical interests include colorectal surgery procedures, colon cancer, and celiac disease. Dr. Hoscheit is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Hoscheit's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Hoscheit has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Manish Kapadia is a neurophysiologist and neurologist in Naperville, IL, Glen Ellyn, IL, and Plainfield, IL. Dr. Kapadia attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for his residency. His areas of expertise include the following: cerebrovascular disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), and parkinson's disease. Dr. Kapadia takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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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. 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). These areas are among his clinical interests: amputee rehabilitation, prosthetics, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Aliga accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of the Philippines and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Aliga attended medical school at the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Aliga (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Ilocano. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. Dr. Aliga is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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

Dr. Vassilios Dimitropoulos, who practices in Darien, IL and Skokie, IL, is a medical specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, chemical peels, and moles. Dr. Dimitropoulos's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Dimitropoulos (or staff) speaks Spanish, Greek, and Russian.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Jennifer Rubin is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. After completing medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Dr. Rubin performed her residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She has indicated that her clinical interests include neurological disorders. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology, Neurological Disorders

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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.