We found 12 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept CIGNA POS near Hoffman Estates, IL.

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Dr. Kamran A Chaudhary, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
80 W. Hillcrest Boulevard; Suite 208
Schaumburg, IL
 

Dr. Kamran Chaudhary's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: vitamin D deficiency, nutrition counseling, and psoriatic arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and St. Alexius Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Dr. Chaudhary performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chaudhary's 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. Jennifer Peak Rubin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
880 W. Central
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Rubin is a specialist in pediatric neurology. Clinical interests for Dr. Rubin include neurological disorders. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. She studied medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Rubin trained at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), transverse myelitis

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology, Transverse Myelitis, Neurological Disorders

Dr. Marisa Sue Klein-Gitelman, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
800 W. Central Road; Box 152
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Marisa Klein-Gitelman is a specialist in pediatric rheumatology. Dr. Klein-Gitelman graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. She is especially interested in lupus, vasculitis, and arthritis. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Klein-Gitelman is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Arthritis, Lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Megan L Curran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
800 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Megan Curran specializes in pediatric rheumatology. She speaks Spanish. She has a special interest in rheumatic diseases. Dr. Curran is professionally affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Curran attended Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Miami Children's Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Curran accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Rheumatic Diseases, Arthritis, Medical Education, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Dr. Bonita S Peterson Alexander, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
800 Biesterfield Road; Eberle Building, Suite 635
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Bonita Alexander is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). She works in Elk Grove Village, IL. She studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago. Dr. Alexander honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Alexander's distinctions include: US News Top Doctor; Golden Apple Award, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital (Chicago, Illinois); and Abby Prince Award for Outstanding Resident Contribution. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and Alexian Brothers Medical Center. Dr. Alexander welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Spinal Stenosis, Low Vision, Stroke, Vertigo, Muscular ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael L Miller, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Pediatric Rheumatology
880 W. Central Road, Suite 6400; Box 77
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Michael Miller is a pediatric allergist and immunologist and pediatric rheumatologist in Chicago, IL, Arlington Heights, IL, and Heights, IL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatoid arthritis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Miller honors. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Miller performed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Miller is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Miller's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

Dr. Laura G Goldstein, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2260 West Higgins Road; Suite 201
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Laura Goldstein's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. Goldstein attended the University of Michigan Medical School. Her clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and stroke. The average patient rating for Dr. Goldstein is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Goldstein is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Neuromuscular Disorders, Dementia, Stroke, ... (Read more)

Dr. Prashant Singri, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
25 E Schaumburg Road; Suite 101
Schaumburg, IL
 

Dr. Prashant Singri's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Patients gave Dr. Singri an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: alopecia areata, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Singri takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is closed to new patients at this time. He obtained his medical school training at Northeast Ohio Medical University and performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Cryosurgery, Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Erythroderma, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Steven Marinko, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
935 Beisner Road
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Michael Marinko sees patients in Elk Grove Village, IL and Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Marinko accepts. Dr. Marinko's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Stroke, Stroke Rehabilitation, Brain Tumor, Amputation, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. Meena Ramalingam Krishna, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
990 Grand Canyon Parkway; Suite 418
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Meena Krishna's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Her clinical interests include diabetes, pap test, and immunization (preventive vaccines). She is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center, St. Alexius Medical Center, and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. Dr. Krishna is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at Coimbatore Medical College, she performed her residency at Westlake Hospital. Dr. Krishna (or staff) speaks Telugu, Spanish, and Tamil.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Immunization, Bronchitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, Women's Health ... (Read more)

Dr. George Katsamakis, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3701 Algonquin Road; Suite 800
Rolling Meadows, IL
 

Dr. George Katsamakis specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Barrington, IL, Rolling Meadows, IL, and Hoffman Estates, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), multiple sclerosis (MS), and skin biopsy. Dr. Katsamakis is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. After attending Rush Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Rush University Medical Center. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Katsamakis is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: MRI, Multiple Sclerosis, Electroencephalography, Skin Biopsy

Specializes in Dermatology
2500 W Higgins Road; Suite 940
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Bruce Kolton specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include warts, nail issues, and mole removal. Dr. Kolton's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. On average, patients gave Dr. Kolton a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kolton honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Skin Cancer, Nail Issues, Mole Removal, Rashes, Hair Loss, Allergy Testing, ... (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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