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 is an adult rheumatologist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chaudhary include vitamin D deficiency, nutrition counseling, and psoriatic arthritis. Dr. Chaudhary is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chaudhary is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. Michael Lee Alfred 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 medical specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology and pediatric rheumatology. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at Michael Reese Hospital for his residency. Dr. Miller's areas of expertise include rheumatoid arthritis. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Miller is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Miller's hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

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

Dr. Bonita Alexander's specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Alexander attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Her distinctions include: US News Top Doctor; Golden Apple Award, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital (Chicago, Illinois); and Abby Prince Award for Outstanding Resident Contribution. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Alexander is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Delnor Hospital. She is accepting 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. Laura Gail Goldstein, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2260 West Higgins Road; Suite 201
Hoffman Estates, IL
 

Dr. Laura Goldstein, who practices in Lake Forest, IL, Glenview, IL, and Hoffman Estates, IL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She obtained her medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Areas of expertise for Dr. Goldstein include multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's disease, and stroke. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Goldstein is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Goldstein is accepting 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. Jennifer Peak Rubin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
880 W. Central
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Rubin is a pediatric neurologist in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. Dr. Rubin has a special interest in neurological disorders. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rubin honors. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and performed her residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Rubin is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology, Neurological Disorders

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

Dr. Michael Marinko's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Marinko's professional affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Marinko attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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

Dr. Marisa Klein-Gitelman's area of specialization is pediatric rheumatology. She attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Klein-Gitelman trained at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital for residency. She has a special interest in lupus, vasculitis, and arthritis. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Klein-Gitelman is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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's medical specialty is pediatric rheumatology. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Curran include rheumatic diseases. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Before completing her residency at Miami Children's Hospital, Dr. Curran attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

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

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

Dr. Prashant Singri is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). He works in Schaumburg, IL. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Singri include alopecia areata, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Singri is not currently accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Singri attended medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Cryosurgery, Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Erythroderma, Skin ... (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 specialty is general internal medicine. Her clinical interests include diabetes, pap test, and immunization (preventive vaccines). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). Dr. Krishna takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Krishna graduated from Coimbatore Medical College and then she performed her residency at Westlake Hospital. In addition to English, 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 works as a neurologist. Dr. Katsamakis's areas of expertise include the following: MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), multiple sclerosis (MS), and skin biopsy. Patient ratings for Dr. Katsamakis average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Katsamakis is a graduate of Rush Medical College and a graduate of Rush University Medical Center's residency program. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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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 is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). He works in Hoffman Estates, IL. His areas of expertise include warts, nail issues, and mole removal. Patient reviews placed Dr. Kolton at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kolton graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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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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