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We found 8 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Great-West Healthcare HMO near Geneva, IL.

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

Dr. Angelica Gierut works as an adult rheumatologist in Maywood, IL, Winfield, IL, and Geneva, IL. Her clinical interests include connective tissue disorders and autoimmune disorders. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Gierut attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Autoimmune Disorders, Connective Tissue Disorders

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

Dr. David Giangreco's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Giangreco include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Giangreco's education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Giangreco has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Subhash Patel's areas of specialization are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease); he sees patients in Winfield, IL, Geneva, IL, and Dekalb, IL. His clinical interests include dizziness, migraine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Patel attended Rush Medical College and the University College London (UCL) Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Patel is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is open to 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 a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for her residency. Dr. Jelinek's areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, crohn's disease, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Jelinek is in-network for United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Michelle Tabao is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Areas of expertise for Dr. Tabao include concussion, spinal cord injuries, and trigger point injections. She is affiliated with Delnor Hospital. She 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. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart. Dr. Tabao's practice is open to 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. Patient ratings for Dr. Medina average 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Medina include ulcers, celiac disease, and stomach cancer. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Medina speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. His practice is open to 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 is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). She works in Saint Charles, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Carlsson Thorn include rosacea, psoriasis, and skin infection. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Carlsson Thorn's education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Carlsson Thorn is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She has an open panel.

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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 is an adult gastroenterology specialist. After completing medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Dr. Zubair performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Zubair is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Zubair is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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.