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We found 239 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna Gold HMO near Bala Cynwyd, PA.

Dr. Joan Marie Von-Feldt, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3400 Spruce Street; 8 Penn Tower
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Joan Von-Feldt is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Von-Feldt speaks Spanish. She is especially interested in rheumatic heart disease, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Her professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. She attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Wilmington Hospital for residency. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Von-Feldt takes. Her distinctions include: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's 2002, 2012-13 Top Docs issues and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatic Heart Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Chadwick Rudolph Johr, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Adult Rheumatology
3910 Powelton Avenue; 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Chadwick Johr's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He is especially interested in sjogren's syndrome. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending Penn State College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Johr completed his residency training at Rhode Island Hospital. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Sjogren's Syndrome

Dr. Gary Victor Gordon, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
100 E Lancaster Avenue; Suite 137 Lankenau Medical Building
Wynnewood, PA
 

Dr. Gary Gordon works as a rheumatologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gordon include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and bursitis. Dr. Gordon is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Gordon completed his residency training at Waterbury Hospital. Dr. Gordon has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
117 N Eagle Road
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Thomas Whalen's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Whalen's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: joint pain, fibromyalgia, and bursitis. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Dr. Whalen attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Whalen has received professional recognition including the following: Top Doctors - Main Line Magazine and Top Doctors - Philadelphia Magazine. He is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Tendonitis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Pain, Fibromyalgia, Facet Injection, Joint ... (Read more)

Dr. David Abraham Allan, PhD, MD
Specializes in Occupational Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
3910 Powelton Avenue; 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. David Allan is a specialist in occupational medicine and adult rheumatology. Dr. Allan graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He speaks French. Dr. Allan is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Polymyositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Frederick B Vivino, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3910 N Powelton Avenue; 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Frederick Vivino's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. After completing medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vivino include knee arthritis, leg pain, and psoriatic arthritis. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received the following distinctions: Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue from 2008 through 2016; Philadelphia Super Doctors; and Recognized in America's Top Doctors, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. Dr. Vivino's professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Knee Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Elbow Pain, Dermatomyositis, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sharon Lee Kolasinski, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3737 Market Street; 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Sharon Kolasinski is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. She attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Temple University Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kolasinski include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and osteoarthritis. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Kolasinski is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue, 2015 - 2016 and Philadelphia Super Doctors. Her professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Cooper University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Gout, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lan X Chen, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3910 Building, Suite 100; 51 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Lan Chen is a rheumatologist in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Chen's areas of expertise include the following: osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. She graduated from Shanghai Medical University and then she performed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. Her distinctions include: Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2008-2009; Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2011-2012 and 2013-2013-2014; and Recognized by MDx Medical's Patients' Choice Award in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012. Dr. Chen is conversant in Chinese. She is professionally affiliated with Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Myositis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue ... (Read more)

Dr. Sandra B Weibel, MD
Specializes in Adult Immunology, Adult Pulmonology
834 Chestnut Street; Suite 650
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Sandra Weibel, who practices in Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in adult immunology and adult pulmonology. Her areas of expertise include shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis (CF). She is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Weibel attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. She accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, Dr. Weibel is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
825 Old Lancaster Road; Suite 470
Bryn Mawr, PA
 

Dr. Kendra Zuckerman specializes in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Zuckerman include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia. She is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Zuckerman studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Zuckerman trained at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University for residency. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alexis Renae Ogdie-Beatty, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3900 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alexis Ogdie-Beatty is a Philadelphia, PA physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ogdie-Beatty include psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
822 Pine Street; Suite 3a
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alan Epstein's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include metabolic bone disease, lupus nephritis, and osteomyelitis. Patients gave Dr. Epstein an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Epstein is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's 2002 and 2012 Top Docs issues. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Facial Pain, Ankle Sprain, Dermatomyositis, Dupuytren's Contracture, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Fabian Alberto Mendoza-Ballesteros, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
225 E. City Avenue; Suite 109
Bala Cynwyd, PA
 

Dr. Fabian Mendoza-Ballesteros sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Bala Cynwyd, PA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Before completing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Mendoza-Ballesteros attended medical school at National University of San Marcos. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mendoza-Ballesteros include menopause, psoriatic arthritis, and shoulder tendonitis. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Menopause, Pain, Psoriatic Arthritis, Knee Pain, Osteoporosis, Neck Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Preethi P Thomas, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; South Pavilion, 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Preethi Thomas' specialty is adult rheumatology. These areas are among her clinical interests: knee arthritis, metabolic bone disease, and psoriatic arthritis. Dr. Thomas is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before performing her residency at Jersey City Medical Center, Dr. Thomas attended T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha for medical school. Her professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Knee Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Elbow Pain, Dermatomyositis, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Dupuytren's ... (Read more)

Dr. Carolyn Riester OConnor, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
245 N. Broad Street; Ms 426
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Carolyn O'Connor is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. O'Connor include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Drexel Medicine and Hahnemann University Hospital. She obtained her medical school training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. She honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
822 Pine Street; Suite 3a
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Barry Schimmer practices adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Schimmer include metabolic bone disease, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and lupus nephritis. Dr. Schimmer is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Schimmer attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He has received the following distinctions: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue and Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Ankle Sprain, Dermatomyositis, Dupuytren's Contracture, Musculoskeletal Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, ... (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.