We found 41 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Gold 2250/HMO Premier near Westchester, IL.

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Dr. Nicole Cara Richman, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
801 N Cass Avenue; Suite 150
Westmont, IL
 

Dr. Nicole Richman is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She has a special interest in arthritis and scleroderma. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Richman attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). Dr. Richman welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders, scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma, Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Rochella Abaygar Ostrowski, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL
 

Dr. Rochella Ostrowski is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Ostrowski's areas of expertise include psoriatic arthritis, myositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Anna Adenine Stanislaus, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
801 N Cass Avenue; Suite 150
Westmont, IL
 

Dr. Anna Stanislaus is a rheumatologist in Westmont, IL. Her areas of expertise include osteoporosis, lupus, and arthritis. Dr. Stanislaus is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Stanislaus completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Arthritis, Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Eric J Munn, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
911 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Eric Munn is a specialist in adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave Dr. Munn a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include joint pain, osteoporosis, and lupus. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center, Dr. Munn attended medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Joint Pain, Arthritis, Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases

Dr. Rodney Tehrani, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL
 

Dr. Rodney Tehrani specializes in adult rheumatology. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His areas of expertise include the following: lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). Dr. Tehrani is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Lupus, Autoimmune Disorders, Giant Cell Arteritis

Dr. Kamran A Chaudhary, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1 South 450 Summit Avenue; Suite 390
Oak Brook Terrace, IL
 

Dr. Kamran Chaudhary, who practices in Schaumburg, IL and Oak Brook Terrace, IL, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include vitamin D deficiency, nutrition counseling, and psoriatic arthritis. Dr. Chaudhary is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Chaudhary's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and St. Alexius Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Depression, Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Back Problems, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

Dr. G Wendell Richmond, MD
Specializes in Allergy, Immunology
908 North Elm Street; Suite 205
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. G. Richmond is an allergist and immunologist in Hinsdale, IL. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. Dr. Richmond is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare PPO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Richmond has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Adventist Medical Center La Grange, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, autoimmune disorders, Sjogren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Allergies, Hives, HIV/AIDS, Sinusitis, Hay Fever, Lupus, Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

Dr. Brinda P Joshi, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
801 N Cass Avenue; Suite 150
Westmont, IL
 

Dr. Brinda Joshi's specialty is adult rheumatology. These areas are among her clinical interests: knee problems, trigger point injections, and lupus. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Joshi studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Joshi's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, psoriasis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Scleroderma, Osteopathic Medicine, Knee Problems, Trigger Point Injections, Lupus, Women's Health ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL
 

Dr. Lee Lichtenberg's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Lichtenberg's areas of expertise include rheumatoid arthritis. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Lichtenberg's training includes a residency program at VA Medical Center. He is affiliated with Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Melissa Rose Briones, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2160 S 1st Avenue; Luhs Department of Medicine
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Melissa Briones is an adult rheumatologist in Maywood, IL and River Forest, IL. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Briones attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: psoriatic arthritis, lupus, and myositis. Dr. Briones is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, scleroderma

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Laura Gregg, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2160 S 1st Avenue; Loyola University Medical Center Suite 54
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Laura Gregg is a rheumatologist in Burr Ridge, IL, Melrose Park, IL, and Maywood, IL. She graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Gregg's clinical interests include myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gregg accepts. She is affiliated with Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Gout, Autoimmune Disorders, Giant Cell ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Peak Rubin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Rubin's specialty is pediatric neurology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rubin include neurological disorders. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Dr. Rubin graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Rubin's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Vinod Kumar Bansal, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1201 W. Roosevelt Road
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Vinod Bansal is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. Dr. Bansal has a special interest in polycystic kidney disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), and chronic kidney disease (CKD). He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at SMS Medical College, Jaipur. His training includes residency programs at SMS Medical College & Attached Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Bansal (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Bansal's hospital/clinic affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Chronic Kidney Disease, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

Dr. Marisa Sue Klein-Gitelman, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
Surgical Treatment Center
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Marisa Klein-Gitelman's area of specialization is pediatric rheumatology. Dr. Klein-Gitelman attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She trained at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Klein-Gitelman include lupus, vasculitis, and arthritis. Dr. Klein-Gitelman's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Klein-Gitelman takes. She has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Lena Brice Palmer, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Lena Palmer practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Palmer is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Chicago Medical Center's residency program. Her areas of expertise include celiac disease, malabsorption, and nutrition issues. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Weight Loss, Malabsorption

Dr. Dierdre Ita De Ranieri, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
1200 S. York Street; Suite 3190
Elmhurst, IL
 

Dr. Deirdre De Ranieri is a physician who specializes in pediatric rheumatology. She attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. De Ranieri completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. She has indicated that her clinical interests include uveitis, lupus, and vasculitis. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. De Ranieri honors. Dr. De Ranieri is professionally affiliated with The University of Chicago Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Uveitis, Lupus, Vasculitis

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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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