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We found 240 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna Gold HMO near Bala Cynwyd, PA.

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

Dr. Gary Gordon specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Wynnewood, PA and Broomall, PA. He attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Gordon completed a residency program at Waterbury Hospital. His areas of expertise include the following: osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and bursitis. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Gordon is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Joan Von-Feldt works as an adult rheumatologist in Philadelphia, PA. These areas are among Dr. Von-Feldt's clinical interests: rheumatic heart disease, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Von-Feldt accepts. She graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Wilmington Hospital. She has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's 2002, 2012-13 Top Docs issues and Philadelphia Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Von-Feldt speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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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 is an adult rheumatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Johr include sjogren's syndrome. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Johr is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Johr attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Rhode Island Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Sjogren's Syndrome

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

Dr. David Allan is an occupational medicine and adult rheumatology specialist in Philadelphia, PA. His professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Allan takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. In addition to English, Dr. Allan speaks French.

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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 specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Philadelphia, PA. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Vivino's areas of expertise include the following: knee arthritis, leg pain, and psoriatic arthritis. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University for residency. Dr. Vivino's 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.

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

Dr. Lan Chen is an adult rheumatologist in Philadelphia, PA. She is conversant in Chinese. Dr. Chen's clinical interests include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia. She is affiliated with Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Before completing her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Chen attended medical school at Shanghai Medical University. Dr. Chen is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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.

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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 practices adult immunology and adult pulmonology in Philadelphia, PA. These areas are among her clinical interests: shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Weibel is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time. Before performing her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University, Dr. Weibel attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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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
117 N Eagle Road
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Thomas Whalen works as an adult rheumatologist. His areas of expertise include the following: joint pain, fibromyalgia, and bursitis. Dr. Whalen is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Whalen completed his residency training at Bryn Mawr Hospital. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Whalen include: Top Doctors - Main Line Magazine and Top Doctors - Philadelphia Magazine. Dr. Whalen has an open panel.

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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 sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Bala Cynwyd, PA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include menopause, psoriatic arthritis, and shoulder tendonitis. He is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Mendoza-Ballesteros's education and training includes medical school at National University of San Marcos and residency at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Mendoza-Ballesteros has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry.

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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)

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

Dr. Kendra Zuckerman's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Zuckerman include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University, Dr. Zuckerman attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Zuckerman a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to 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 physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ogdie-Beatty include psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ogdie-Beatty attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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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 is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Epstein at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: metabolic bone disease, lupus nephritis, and osteomyelitis. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Epstein has received the distinction of 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. Sharon Lee Kolasinski, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3737 Market Street; 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Sharon Kolasinski's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kolasinski include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Kolasinski's hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Cooper University Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before completing her residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Kolasinski attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kolasinski include: Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine 's annual Top Docs issue, 2015 - 2016 and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Giant Cell ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Preethi Thomas, who practices in Radnor, PA and Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She graduated from T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha. For her residency, Dr. Thomas trained at Jersey City Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Thomas include knee arthritis, metabolic bone disease, and psoriatic arthritis. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Thomas's 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)

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

Dr. Barry Schimmer's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Schimmer's areas of expertise include the following: metabolic bone disease, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and lupus nephritis. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital. He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Schimmer has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue and Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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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)

Dr. Steffan Walter Schulz, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; South Pavilion, 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Steffan Schulz is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Schulz include raynaud's, lupus nephritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Schulz is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Schulz attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Lupus Nephritis, Lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Raynaud's

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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.