We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Health Care Value Management near Danvers, MA.

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Specializes in Physiatry
1 Dove Avenue
Salem, MA
 

Dr. Ann-Marie Thomas is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). She works in Boston, MA, Charlestown, MA, and Salem, MA. She is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Thomas include multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Thomas is affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Thomas graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Thomas include: Kenneth B. Schwartz Center Compassionate; Caregiver Of The Year; and Excellence In Teaching, Harvard Medical School. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
104 Endicott Street; Suite 300
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Hamed Khalili's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Khalili's areas of expertise include crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for his residency. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Khalili has received include UCB Inflammatory Bowel Disease Award; Ccfa; and ACG international Grant. He is conversant in Persian. Dr. Khalili is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Bedford VA Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Crohn's Disease

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Mark Salvatore practices pediatric gastroenterology in Boston, MA and Danvers, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Salvatore include celiac disease. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. Before completing his residency at Floating Hospital for Children, Dr. Salvatore attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Sackler School of Graduate BioMedical Sciences-Fellow Clinical Research, 7/04 to 6/06.. Dr. Salvatore is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Celiac Disease

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
104 Endicott Street; Suite 300
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Francis Colizzo is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: barrett's esophagus, ulcers, and inflammatory bowel disease. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Colizzo is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Colizzo's residency was performed at Jefferson University Hospitals. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Colizzo include: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. and Fellow, American College of Physicians. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Colizzo has an open panel.

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All Interests: Celiac Disease, Cysts, Radiofrequency Ablation, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (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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