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We found 10 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Great-West Healthcare HMO near Geneva, IL.

Dr. David Thomas Giangreco, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
302 Randall Road; Suite 307b
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. David Giangreco's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Giangreco attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Giangreco is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, Vasculitis, Osteoporosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Subhash Kanubhai Patel, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
302 Randall Road; Suite 104a
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Subhash Patel works as a neurophysiologist and neurologist in Winfield, IL, Geneva, IL, and Dekalb, IL. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He graduated from Rush Medical College and the University College London (UCL) Medical School. Dr. Patel's medical residency was performed at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Dizziness, Migraine, Dementia, Nerve Conduction Studies, Epilepsy, Electromyography, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine Anne Jelinek, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Katherine Jelinek works as an adult gastroenterologist in Geneva, IL and Winfield, IL. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Jelinek trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. She honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare HSA. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening

Dr. Scott L Zahner, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2435 Dean Street; Suite 2e
Saint Charles, IL
 

Dr. Scott Zahner, who practices in Hinsdale, IL and Saint Charles, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Zahner's clinical interests: contact dermatitis, hair problems, and acne. The average patient rating for Dr. Zahner is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Delnor Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Sclerotherapy, Contact Dermatitis, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, Ear Problems, Hair Problems, Tattoo ... (Read more)

Dr. Melanie L Zahner, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2435 Dean Street; Suite 2e
St Charles, 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. Michelle Pamplona Tabao-Lee, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
296 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Michelle Tabao practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). She is affiliated with Delnor Hospital. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tabao graduated from Our Lady of Fatima University, Fatima College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Herniated Disc, Fibromyalgia, Cancer Pain, Lower Back Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gunilla Sigrid Carlsson-Thorn, MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Internal Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Gunilla Carlsson-Thorn practices dermatology (skin disorders) in Saint Charles, IL and Glen Ellyn, IL. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she performed her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Carlsson-Thorn is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Injectable Fillers, Skin Infection, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Laser Treatment, Psoriasis, Botox ... (Read more)

Dr. Heliodoro Medina, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Heliodoro Medina is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Medina's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Ulcers, Stomach Cancer, Celiac Disease, Pancreatic Cancer, Biliary Disorders, Acid Reflux

Dr. Rany Jazayerli, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
2560 Foxfield Road :; Suite 100
St. Charles, IL
 

Dr. Rany Jazayerli is a specialist in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jazayerli include phototherapy (light therapy), psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. Dr. Jazayerli's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Jazayerli accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Psoriasis, Skin of Color, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sharif Zubair, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Sharif Zubair works as a gastroenterologist in Geneva, IL and Winfield, IL. Dr. Zubair has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Zubair is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Ulcers, Celiac Disease, Acid ... (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.