We found 37 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept CIGNA Plans near Westmont, IL.

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

Dr. Nicole Richman sees patients in Westmont, IL. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include the following: arthritis and scleroderma. She honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Richman obtained her medical school training at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders, scleroderma

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

Dr. Kamran A Chaudhary, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
2340 South Highland Avenue; Suite 160
Lombard, IL
 

Dr. Kamran Chaudhary is an adult rheumatology specialist in Schaumburg, IL, Oak Brook Terrace, IL, and Lombard, IL. 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. His areas of expertise include the following: vitamin D deficiency, nutrition counseling, and psoriatic arthritis. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Chaudhary's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS) and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is accepting 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. Anna Adenine Stanislaus, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
801 N Cass Avenue; Suite 150
Westmont, IL
 

Dr. Anna Stanislaus works as an adult rheumatologist. She attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. In her practice, Dr. Stanislaus focuses on osteoporosis, lupus, and arthritis. Dr. Stanislaus is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Arthritis, Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, Vascular Disease

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. Clinical interests for Dr. Joshi include knee problems, trigger point injections, and lupus. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Joshi attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for residency. Dr. Joshi is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. She is accepting 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)

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

Dr. G. Richmond is an allergist and immunologist in Hinsdale, IL. He attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Richmond's clinical interests include sinusitis (sinus infection), hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and asthma. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare PPO. Dr. Richmond has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 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. Eric J Munn, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
911 N. Elm Street; Suite 115
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Eric Munn is an adult rheumatology specialist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include joint pain, osteoporosis, and lupus. Dr. Munn's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Munn obtained his medical school training at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

Dr. Donald C Hoscheit II, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
430 Warrenville Road; Suite 310
Lisle, IL
 

Dr. Donald Hoscheit's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Clinical interests for Dr. Hoscheit include colorectal surgery procedures, colon cancer, and celiac disease. Dr. Hoscheit is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hoscheit has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Manish Prabhakar Kapadia, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
12004 S Rt; 59 Ste 100
Plainfield, IL
 

Dr. Manish Kapadia is a neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: cerebrovascular disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), and parkinson's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Kapadia completed his residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Neuromuscular Disorders, Electrophysiological Study, Autoimmune Disorders, Epilepsy, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Clarence William Brown Jr., MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
8110 S Cass Avenue
Darien, IL
 

Dr. Clarence Brown's medical specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, moles, and acne. Dr. Brown has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Brown graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Brown (or staff) speaks Spanish, Greek, and Russian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Brown's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Chemical Peels, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Mohs Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Peak Rubin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Rubin is a pediatric neurology specialist. In her practice, Dr. Rubin focuses on neurological disorders. Dr. Rubin accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Before completing her residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Rubin attended medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. 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. Marisa Sue Klein-Gitelman, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, IL
 

Dr. Marisa Klein-Gitelman's specialty is pediatric rheumatology. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Dr. Klein-Gitelman's areas of clinical interest consist of lupus, vasculitis, and arthritis. She is rated highly by her patients. 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 professionally affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Vassilios Athanasios Dimitropoulos, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
8110 S. Cass Avenue
Darien, IL
 

Dr. Vassilios Dimitropoulos practices MOHS-micrographic surgery. His clinical interests include warts, chemical peels, and moles. Dr. Dimitropoulos is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. Dr. Dimitropoulos's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Dimitropoulos (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Greek, and Russian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Eczema, Chemical Peels, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Mohs Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc A Fallah, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3825 Highland Avenue; Suite 204
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Marc Fallah is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Fallah's clinical interests: heartburn, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Fallah (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. Dr. Fallah is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder Problems, Liver Disease, Celiac ... (Read more)

Dr. Rafael Piedra, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
430 Warrenville Road; Suite 310
Lisle, IL
 

Dr. Rafael Piedra practices adult gastroenterology in Naperville, IL, Winfield, IL, and Geneva, IL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Piedra's clinical interests include heartburn, colon cancer, and celiac disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Before completing his residency at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Dr. Piedra attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Piedra accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease, Heartburn, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andelka D Djordjevic, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
908 N Elm Street; Suite 310
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Andelka Losavio's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Losavio's areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Incontinence, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Ulcers, Swallowing Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Harold L Mozwecz, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
430 Warrenville Road; Suite 310
Lisle, IL
 

Dr. Harold Mozwecz's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Mozwecz's areas of expertise include the following: colorectal surgery procedures, heartburn, and colon cancer. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Mozwecz completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder ... (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.