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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 Physiatry, Internal Medicine
1 Dove Avenue
Salem, MA
 

Dr. Ann-Marie Thomas specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). In her practice, Dr. Thomas focuses on multiple sclerosis (MS). She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and a graduate of Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia's residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Thomas include: Kenneth B. Schwartz Center Compassionate; Caregiver Of The Year; and Excellence In Teaching, Harvard Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Thomas speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Thomas has an open panel.

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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. Francis Colizzo's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Colizzo include barrett's esophagus, ulcers, and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Colizzo is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Colizzo's practice is open to new patients. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His distinctions include: 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 Adult Gastroenterology
104 Endicott Street; Suite 300
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Hamed Khalili's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Khalili speaks Persian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khalili include crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Bedford VA Medical Center. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Khalili's distinctions include: UCB Inflammatory Bowel Disease Award; Ccfa; and ACG international Grant. Dr. Khalili is open to new patients.

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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 sees patients in Boston, MA and Danvers, MA. His medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Salvatore include celiac disease. Dr. Salvatore is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Before completing his residency at Floating Hospital for Children, Dr. Salvatore attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Sackler School of Graduate BioMedical Sciences-Fellow Clinical Research, 7/04 to 6/06.. Dr. Salvatore has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease

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

Dr. Vijay Yajnik works as an internist in Boston, MA and Danvers, MA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Yajnik include crohn's disease, celiac disease, and gastrointestinal cancer. He is professionally 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. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Yajnik is open to new patients.

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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.