We found 40 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 is an adult rheumatologist in Westmont, IL. Her areas of clinical interest consist of arthritis and scleroderma. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Richman is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Richman is accepting new patients. She is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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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. Dr. Rhew's clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Rhew attended medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Rhew's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Rheumatic Diseases

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

Dr. Kamran Chaudhary works as an adult rheumatologist. His areas of expertise include the following: vitamin D deficiency, nutrition counseling, and psoriatic arthritis. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Chaudhary attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chaudhary honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. His practice 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. Dr. Lin has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Lin include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. She 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. Anna Adenine Stanislaus, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
801 N Cass Avenue; Suite 150
Westmont, IL
 

Dr. Anna Stanislaus works as a rheumatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Stanislaus include osteoporosis, lupus, and arthritis. Dr. Stanislaus is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Stanislaus attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Stanislaus is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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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 works as a physical therapist and rheumatologist in Naperville, IL and Glen Ellyn, IL. His clinical interests encompass lupus, arthritis, and sjogren's syndrome. Dr. Sams is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is accepting new patients. He attended medical school 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. Before performing her residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Dr. Joshi attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Joshi include knee problems, trigger point injections, and lupus. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Joshi's practice is open to 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. G Wendell Richmond, MD
Specializes in Allergy, Immunology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 205
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. G. Richmond's areas of specialization are allergy and immunology; he sees patients in Hinsdale, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Richmond include sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare PPO, and more. Dr. Richmond is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Richmond has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise consist of joint pain, osteoporosis, and lupus. Patient reviews placed Dr. Munn at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and CIGNA Plans. He graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Munn trained at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center for his residency. 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. Donald C Hoscheit II, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
430 Warrenville Road; Suite 310
Lisle, IL
 

Dr. Donald Hoscheit's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: colorectal surgery procedures, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). Dr. Hoscheit takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Hoscheit has received the distinction of 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. Clarence William Brown Jr., MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
8110 S Cass Avenue
Darien, IL
 

Dr. Clarence Brown is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist in Darien, IL, Skokie, IL, and Chicago, IL. In addition to English, Dr. Brown (or staff) speaks Spanish, Greek, and Russian. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, moles, and acne. He is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Brown's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Manish Kapadia is a physician who specializes in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Kapadia include cerebrovascular disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), and parkinson's disease. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Kapadia is 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's area of specialization is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Aliga's clinical interests include amputee rehabilitation, prosthetics, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of the Philippines and a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Aliga has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Aliga (or staff) is conversant in Filipino and Ilocano. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Aliga's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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

Dr. Jennifer Rubin works as a pediatric neurologist. Her clinical interests include neurological disorders. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rubin is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She trained at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for residency. Dr. Rubin is 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

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

Dr. Laura Oswald sees patients in Wheaton, IL. Her medical specialty is family medicine. Dr. Oswald attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at MacNeal Hospital. Her areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), newborn care, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). The average patient rating for Dr. Oswald is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Oswald 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. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Andelka Losavio practices adult gastroenterology in Lisle, IL, Naperville, IL, and Winfield, IL. Her clinical interests include ulcers, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Losavio studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Losavio's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Her practice is open to 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)

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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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