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We found 5 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Health Care Value Management near Danvers, MA.

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

Dr. Francis Colizzo's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Colizzo average 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: barrett's esophagus, ulcers, and inflammatory bowel disease. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Colizzo takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. His practice is open to new patients. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Colizzo completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. He has received the following distinctions: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. and Fellow, American College of Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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Specializes in Physiatry
1 Dove Avenue
Salem, MA
 

Dr. Ann-Marie Thomas, who practices in Boston, MA, Charlestown, MA, and Salem, MA, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Thomas has a special interest in multiple sclerosis (MS). She is professionally affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thomas's practice is open to new patients. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Her distinctions include: Kenneth B. Schwartz Center Compassionate; Caregiver Of The Year; and Excellence In Teaching, Harvard Medical School. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

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

Dr. Hamed Khalili is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Khalili include crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Khalili attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has received the following distinctions: UCB Inflammatory Bowel Disease Award; Ccfa; and ACG international Grant. He speaks Persian. Dr. Khalili is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Bedford VA Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Mark Salvatore works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Floating Hospital for Children for residency. He has a special interest in celiac disease. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Salvatore honors. He has received the distinction of Sackler School of Graduate BioMedical Sciences-Fellow Clinical Research, 7/04 to 6/06.. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Salvatore is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Celiac Disease

Dr. Vijay Yajnik, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
102 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Vijay Yajnik is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. His areas of expertise consist of crohn's disease, celiac disease, and gastrointestinal cancer. Dr. Yajnik is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and a graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital's residency program. Dr. Yajnik is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel ... (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.