We found 250 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna Gold HMO near Bala Cynwyd, PA.

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

Dr. Joan Vonfeldt's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Vonfeldt's areas of expertise include rheumatic heart disease, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Wilmington Hospital. She has received distinctions including Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's 2002, 2012-13 Top Docs issues and Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Vonfeldt speaks Spanish.

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

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

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
627 South 52nd Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Thomas Whalen's specialty is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include joint pain, fibromyalgia, and bursitis. Dr. Whalen is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. Before completing his residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Dr. Whalen attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Whalen's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Whalen takes. His distinctions include: Top Doctors - Main Line Magazine and Top Doctors - Philadelphia Magazine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Tendonitis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Pain, Fibromyalgia, Facet Injection, Joint ... (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 is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: menopause, psoriatic arthritis, and shoulder tendonitis. Patients gave Dr. Mendoza-Ballesteros an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from National University of San Marcos and then he performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Mendoza-Ballesteros is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

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

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

Dr. Gary Gordon practices adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gordon include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and bursitis. Dr. Gordon is professionally affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Gordon is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and a graduate of Waterbury Hospital's residency program. He has received the following distinction: 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)

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

Dr. David Allan's specialties are occupational medicine and adult rheumatology. Dr. Allan takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. In addition to English, he speaks French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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, who practices in Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Vivino attended Temple University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. His areas of expertise include knee arthritis, leg pain, and psoriatic arthritis. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Vivino is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: 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. He is 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, Sjogren's syndrome

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

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

Dr. Pierre Minerva sees patients in Bryn Mawr, PA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Minerva's areas of expertise include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia. He is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is a graduate of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and a graduate of Geisinger Medical Center's residency program. Patient ratings for Dr. Minerva average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Minerva takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Chadwick Johr works as an adult rheumatologist. He is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine and a graduate of Rhode Island Hospital's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Johr include sjogren's syndrome. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Johr takes. He is affiliated with 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

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

Dr. Kendra Zuckerman is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Zuckerman average 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Dr. Zuckerman is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Zuckerman accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University for her residency.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, ... (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 sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. In addition to English, she speaks Chinese. Dr. Chen's areas of expertise include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia. She is professionally affiliated with Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. After attending Shanghai Medical University for medical school, Dr. Chen completed her residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital. She accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinctions: 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.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome

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

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

Dr. Donald Miller works as a rheumatologist in Bryn Mawr, PA. He studied medicine at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Miller trained at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Clinical interests for Dr. Miller include joint pain, osteoporosis, and psoriatic arthritis. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Miller is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Lawrence H Brent, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5501 Old York Road
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Lawrence Brent is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Brent has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Brent include lupus. He is professionally affiliated with Einstein Healthcare Network. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Brent obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Jefferson Medical College. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus

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

Dr. Alexis Ogdie-Beatty specializes in adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ogdie-Beatty takes. She studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training 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

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

Dr. Sandra Weibel is an adult immunology and adult pulmonology specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weibel include shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and anemia. Dr. Weibel is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. She is not accepting new patients at this time. Dr. Weibel attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, scleroderma

All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Sharon Kolasinski is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kolasinski include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and osteoarthritis. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kolasinski takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and a graduate of Temple University Hospital's residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kolasinski include: Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue, 2015 - 2016 and Philadelphia Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic 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)

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

Dr. Barry Schimmer specializes in adult rheumatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, lupus nephritis, and osteomyelitis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Schimmer studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He completed his residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts General Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Schimmer has received include 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.
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