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We found 225 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna Gold HMO near Bala Cynwyd, PA.

Dr. Thomas J Whalen, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
117 N Eagle Road
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Thomas Whalen's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Bryn Mawr Hospital for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Whalen include fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Whalen has received include Top Doctors - Philadelphia Magazine and Top Doctors - Main Line Magazine. He is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Alternative Medicine, Osteoarthritis

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

Dr. Chadwick Johr practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Johr is especially interested in sjogren's syndrome. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Rhode Island Hospital.

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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 a physician who specializes in occupational medicine and adult rheumatology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Allan honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Allan attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. 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 is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Vivino's areas of expertise include knee arthritis, leg pain, and psoriatic arthritis. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University, Dr. Vivino attended Temple University School of Medicine. He has received distinctions including 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 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, 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, who practices in Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Before performing her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Chen attended Shanghai Medical University for medical school. Dr. Chen's areas of expertise include the following: osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia. She is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Chen 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 is a medical specialist in adult immunology and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Weibel include shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis (CF). United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weibel takes. Dr. Weibel attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Weibel trained at Jefferson University Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. She is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. 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)

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

Dr. Joan Von-Feldt practices adult rheumatology in Philadelphia, PA. She is especially interested in rheumatic heart disease, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Von-Feldt's professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Wilmington Hospital. Dr. Von-Feldt has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's 2002, 2012-13 Top Docs issues and Philadelphia Super Doctors. She 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

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

Dr. Alan Epstein's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Patients rated Dr. Epstein highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Epstein include metabolic bone disease, lupus nephritis, and osteomyelitis. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Epstein is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's 2002 and 2012 Top Docs issues.

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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 practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Mendoza-Ballesteros is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Mendoza-Ballesteros include menopause, psoriatic arthritis, and shoulder tendonitis. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at National University of San Marcos and performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. He is 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. Alexis Renae Ogdie-Beatty, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3900 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alexis Ogdie-Beatty's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She is especially interested in psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Dr. Ogdie-Beatty is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She obtained her medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ogdie-Beatty is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis

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

Dr. Sharon Kolasinski is an adult rheumatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Kolasinski include psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and osteoarthritis. The average patient rating for Dr. Kolasinski is 4.0 stars out of 5. She accepts 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. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Kolasinski has received include 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, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Giant Cell ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Barry Schimmer is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Schimmer's areas of expertise include the following: metabolic bone disease, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and lupus nephritis. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Before performing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Schimmer attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue and Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Schimmer is professionally 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)

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

Dr. Preethi Thomas is an adult rheumatology specialist in Radnor, PA and Philadelphia, PA. Her areas of expertise include the following: knee arthritis, metabolic bone disease, and psoriatic arthritis. Dr. Thomas accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She attended medical school at T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha. For her professional training, Dr. Thomas completed a residency program at Jersey City Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic 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. Steffan Walter Schulz, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3400 Civic Center Boulevard; South Pavilion, 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Steffan Schulz is a rheumatologist in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Schulz include raynaud's, lupus nephritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Schulz attended Temple University School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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

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

Dr. Marianthi Kiriakidou, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
225 E. City Avenue; Suite 109
Bala Cynwyd, PA
 

Dr. Marianthi Kiriakidou is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Kiriakidou graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. Her areas of expertise include raynaud's, biopsy, and arthritis. She accepts Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Biopsy, Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Raynaud's

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

Dr. Carolyn O'Connor's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. O'Connor is 2.0 stars out of 5. She is especially interested in osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. O'Connor's professional affiliations include Drexel Medicine and Hahnemann University Hospital. Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. O'Connor honors. After attending Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, she completed her residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.

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

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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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.