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We found 9 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 specialty is adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. Dr. Giangreco's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Giangreco has an open panel. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for his residency.

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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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in connective tissue disorders and autoimmune disorders. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Gierut graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Gierut's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She is open to 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, who practices in Winfield, IL, Geneva, IL, and Dekalb, IL, is a medical specialist in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include dizziness, migraine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He welcomes new patients. He attended Rush Medical College and the University College London (UCL) Medical School and subsequently trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Jelinek's clinical interests include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and colorectal cancer screening. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and more. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Jelinek attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency.

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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 is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Remlinger has a special interest in phototherapy (light therapy), psoriasis, and eczema. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Remlinger is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She has an open panel.

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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 is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). She works in Geneva, IL and Elgin, IL. Dr. Tabao is a graduate of Our Lady of Fatima University, Fatima College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati for her residency. Her clinical interests include concussion, spinal cord injuries, and trigger point injections. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tabao is professionally affiliated with Delnor Hospital. She 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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Medina's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, celiac disease, and stomach cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Medina speaks Spanish.

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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's medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Areas of expertise for Dr. Carlsson Thorn include rosacea, psoriasis, and skin infection. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Carlsson Thorn attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for residency. Dr. Carlsson Thorn is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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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 specializes in adult gastroenterology. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zubair include ulcers, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Zubair is professionally affiliated with 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.