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We found 15 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Geisinger Health Plan near Berwyn, PA.

Dr. Chris Terry Derk, MS, BS, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Chris Derk practices adult rheumatology in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. The average patient rating for Dr. Derk is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Derk accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Derk'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: , scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

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

Dr. Colin B Ligon MD
Specializes in General Practice, Hospital Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Colin Ligon specializes in general practice, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and adult rheumatology. He graduated from Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Dr. Ligon's training includes a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Ligon include polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and interstitial lung disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ligon is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and MedStar Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Polymyositis, Myositis, Dermatomyositis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Interstitial Lung Disease

Dr. Preethi P Thomas, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Preethi Thomas specializes in adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include knee arthritis, metabolic bone disease, and psoriatic arthritis. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thomas is a graduate of T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha and a graduate of Jersey City Medical Center's residency program. 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. Steffan Walter Schulz, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Steffan Schulz's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Schulz is especially interested in raynaud's, lupus nephritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency.

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

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

Dr. Anupama Vijay Shahane, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Anupama Shahane, who practices in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She attended the University of Mumbai for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shahane include osteoporosis, lupus, and myositis. Dr. Shahane's average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Myositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Susan Charlene Taylor, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Susan Taylor's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). She obtained her medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed her residency at Pennsylvania Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Taylor include cryotherapy, hair problems, and rosacea. Patient reviews placed Dr. Taylor at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Taylor honors. She has received the following distinction: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. She speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Moles, Psoriasis, Athlete's Foot, Hyaluronic Acid Filler Injections, Botox Injection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Soo Kim Abboud, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Soo Abboud's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Abboud's clinical interests include neck reconstructive surgery, ear pain, and thyroid cancer. Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Abboud graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She has received the distinction of Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issues, 2012, 2013 and 2015, 2016. She is conversant in Korean.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Neck Reconstructive Surgery, Ear Pain, Facial Pain, Nosebleeds, Deviated Septum, Dizziness, ... (Read more)

Dr. Leo F McCluskey, MD
Specializes in Neurology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Leo McCluskey specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. His areas of expertise include post-polio syndrome (PPS), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and myasthenia gravis. Dr. McCluskey takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Distinctions awarded to Dr. McCluskey include: Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 'sTop Docs issues from 2002 and 2010 - 2013; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2008, 2010, 2012-14; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014. Dr. McCluskey is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Cervical ... (Read more)

Dr. Vatinee Yam Bunya, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Vatinee Bunya works as an ophthalmologist. Dr. Bunya (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Thai. These areas are among her clinical interests: blepharitis, artificial cornea transplant (keratoprosthesis surgery), and comprehensive ophthalmology. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Wills Eye Institute and Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego for residency. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bunya honors.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Dry Eyes, Microsurgery, Conjunctivitis, Cornea Transplant, Routine Eye ... (Read more)

Dr. Octavia Evette Pickett-Blakely, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Octavia Pickett-Blakely's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Pickett-Blakely's clinical interests include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and anemia. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She trained at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for residency. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Rectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Harvey Edward Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Harvey Smith is an orthopedic surgeon in Philadelphia, PA, Radnor, PA, and Berwyn, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include scoliosis, second opinions, and spine microsurgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith accepts. He is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine and a graduate of Jefferson University Hospitals' residency program. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Second Opinions, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Farzana Rashid, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Farzana Rashid specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Rashid include celiac disease, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and colon polyps. Dr. Rashid is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Sheffield Medical School, Dr. Rashid completed her residency training at MetroHealth Medical Center. She is conversant in Bengali. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, scleroderma

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Scleroderma, Colitis, Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew C Miller, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
250 King of Prussia Road; Suite 2e
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Matthew Miller is an internist and geriatrician in Radnor, PA. Dr. Miller is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His residency was performed at Hahnemann University Hospital. His clinical interests encompass parkinson's disease and psoriasis. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Miller is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Parkinson's Disease

Dr. James Charles Reynolds, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. James Reynolds is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Reynolds include achalasia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reynolds accepts. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Reynolds is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Achalasia, Colitis, Esophagitis, Abdominal Problems, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Esophagus Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert M Strauss, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Robert Strauss practices adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Strauss include anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Strauss's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Atlanta Super Doctors. Dr. Strauss (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. Dr. Strauss's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Biopsy, Liver Cancer, Intestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (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.