We found 9 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Great-West Healthcare HMO near Geneva, IL.

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

Dr. David Giangreco works as an adult rheumatologist in Geneva, IL and Elgin, IL. His areas of expertise include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. Dr. Giangreco is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Giangreco is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, Vasculitis, Osteoporosis, Ankylosing ... (Read more)

Dr. Angelica Kathleen Gierut, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
302 Randall Road; Suite 307b
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Angelica Gierut is a rheumatologist. She is especially interested in connective tissue disorders and autoimmune disorders. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gierut honors. She attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Autoimmune Disorders, Connective Tissue Disorders

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

Dr. Subhash Patel's medical specialty is neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Before performing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Patel attended Rush Medical College and the University College London (UCL) Medical School. These areas are among Dr. Patel's clinical interests: dizziness, migraine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Patel welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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

Dr. Katherine Jelinek is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Geneva, IL and Winfield, IL. Dr. Jelinek's areas of expertise consist of celiac disease, crohn's disease, and colorectal cancer screening. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare HSA. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Jelinek has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Kathleen Ann Remlinger, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
2900 Foxfield Road; Suite 307
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Kathleen Remlinger practices dermatology (skin disorders). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Remlinger include phototherapy (light therapy), psoriasis, and eczema. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Remlinger accepts. Dr. Remlinger has an open panel. She attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Issues, Psoriasis, Phototherapy

Dr. Michelle Pamplona Tabao-Lee, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
296 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Michelle Tabao works as a rehabilitation physician in Geneva, IL and Elgin, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Tabao include concussion, spinal cord injuries, and trigger point injections. Dr. Tabao is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Our Lady of Fatima University, Fatima College of Medicine. Dr. Tabao's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. She is professionally affiliated with Delnor Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Holistic Approaches, Herniated Disc, Fibromyalgia, Cancer ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Heliodoro Medina specializes in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His areas of clinical interest consist of ulcers, celiac disease, and stomach cancer. Dr. Medina's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, Dr. Medina completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Ulcers, Stomach Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gunilla Carlsson Thorn, who practices in Saint Charles, IL, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Her clinical interests include rosacea, psoriasis, and skin infection. Dr. Carlsson Thorn is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She welcomes new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Sharif Zubair's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Zubair average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Zubair's clinical interests include ulcers, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Zubair graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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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.
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