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We found 63 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Gold 2250/HMO Premier near Westchester, IL.

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

Dr. Nicole Richman is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Richman include arthritis and scleroderma. She honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Richman attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. For her residency, Dr. Richman trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders, scleroderma

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

Dr. Laura Gregg, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Laura Gregg is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Gregg's clinical interests include myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, and giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). She takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, and Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge.

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

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

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

Dr. Rochella Ostrowski is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Maywood, IL, Burr Ridge, IL, and Hines, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ostrowski include psoriatic arthritis, myositis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Ostrowski attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Ostrowski's hospital/clinic affiliations include Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Angelica Kathleen Gierut, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Angelica Gierut is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gierut studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Gierut trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Autoimmune Disorders, Connective Tissue Disorders

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

Dr. Rodney Tehrani practices adult rheumatology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). He is affiliated with Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC), and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tehrani is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is a graduate of 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, autoimmune disorders, scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Melissa Bussey is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Bussey include psoriatic arthritis, lupus, and myositis. She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Bussey's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. She is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.

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

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

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

Dr. Anna Stanislaus is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Stanislaus attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Vascular Disease, Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Diana Segalite Sandler, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
911 N Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Diana Sandler is an adult rheumatologist. Dr. Sandler is conversant in Russian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sandler include joint pain, autoimmune disorders, and gout. She is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Her education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Joint Pain, Gout, Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders

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

Dr. Brinda Joshi's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Joshi takes. Her education and training includes medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Joshi is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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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)

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

Dr. G. Richmond is an allergy and immunology specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. Dr. Richmond is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare PPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Richmond has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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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)

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

Dr. Lee Lichtenberg sees patients in Geneva, IL, Maywood, IL, and Hines, IL. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Lichtenberg has a special interest in rheumatoid arthritis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Lichtenberg takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. John A Robinson, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL
 

Dr. John Robinson is an adult rheumatology specialist. His areas of expertise include arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Robinson takes. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. His professional affiliations include Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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

All Interests: Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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

Dr. Eric Munn specializes in adult rheumatology. These areas are among Dr. Munn's clinical interests: joint pain, osteoporosis, and lupus. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and residency at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center. He is affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

Dr. Vinod Kumar Bansal, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1201 W. Roosevelt Road
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Vinod Bansal is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. 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. Dr. Bansal's areas of expertise consist of 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. Dr. Bansal has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Bansal (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with 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. Manish Prabhakar Kapadia, MD
Specializes in Neurology
12004 S Rt; 59 Ste 100
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Manish Kapadia practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Kapadia graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Kapadia is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Electrophysiological Study, Epilepsy, Alzheimer's Disease, Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Lena Palmer is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Palmer's clinical interests: celiac disease, malabsorption, and nutrition issues. She is professionally affiliated with Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). She is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Dr. Palmer completed her residency training at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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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.