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Specializes in Physiatry
1 Dove Avenue
Salem, MA
 

Dr. Ann-Marie Thomas' medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). She has indicated that her clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Thomas is professionally affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thomas welcomes new patients. She attended Temple University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. She has received the following distinctions: Kenneth B. Schwartz Center Compassionate; Caregiver Of The Year; and Excellence In Teaching, Harvard Medical School. She speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

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

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

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

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

Dr. Francis Colizzo practices adult gastroenterology. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His areas of expertise include the following: barrett's esophagus, ulcers, and inflammatory bowel disease. On average, patients gave Dr. Colizzo a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Colizzo has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. and Fellow, American College of Physicians. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA
 

Dr. Mark Salvatore is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and a graduate of Floating Hospital for Children's residency program. Dr. Salvatore is especially interested in celiac disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Sackler School of Graduate BioMedical Sciences-Fellow Clinical Research, 7/04 to 6/06.. Dr. Salvatore is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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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.