We found 3 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Health Care Value Management near Danvers, MA.

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

Dr. Francis Colizzo is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Colizzo include barrett's esophagus, ulcers, and inflammatory bowel disease. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Colizzo trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for his residency. He has received the following distinction: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Fellow, American College of Physicians. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Hamed Khalili sees patients in Boston, MA, Danvers, MA, and Bedford, MA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Khalili include crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Khalili is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Khalili attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Khalili's distinctions include: UCB Inflammatory Bowel Disease Award and ACG international Grant. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. His professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Bedford VA Medical Center. He is accepting 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's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. He is especially interested in celiac disease. Dr. Salvatore is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Floating Hospital for Children, Dr. Salvatore attended Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Salvatore has received the distinction of Sackler School of Graduate BioMedical Sciences-Fellow Clinical Research.

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All Interests: Celiac Disease

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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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