We found 18 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Geisinger Health Plan near Berwyn, PA.

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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. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Derk's professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at Abington Memorial Hospital.

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

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

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

Dr. Colin Ligon is a physician who specializes in hospital medicine (hospitalist) and adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ligon include polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and interstitial lung disease. Dr. Ligon takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Ligon attended Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Ligon is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and MedStar Health. He is open to new patients.

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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 is an adult rheumatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Thomas include knee arthritis, metabolic bone disease, and psoriatic arthritis. Her professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas accepts. Her education and training includes medical school at T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha and residency at Jersey City 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 is a rheumatologist in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. His areas of expertise consist of raynaud's, lupus nephritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). His professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Schulz is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. He 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 specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Shahane include osteoporosis, lupus, and myositis. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shahane is a graduate of the University of Mumbai and a graduate of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center's residency program. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 is a dermatologist in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. Patient ratings for Dr. Taylor average 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Taylor include hair problems, rosacea, and acne. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. She trained at Pennsylvania Hospital for her residency. Dr. Taylor has received the distinction of Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Bruce Alan Brod, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Bruce Brod's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Rhode Island Hospital and UPMC Presbyterian. Dr. Brod's areas of expertise include mole removal, rosacea, and acne. Patient ratings for Dr. Brod average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014. Dr. Brod is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Brod is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Injectable Fillers, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Surgical ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Leo McCluskey, who practices in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among Dr. McCluskey's clinical interests: post-polio syndrome (PPS), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and myasthenia gravis. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan, Dr. McCluskey attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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.

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

Dr. Soo Abboud sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA. Her medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She speaks Korean. Dr. Abboud's areas of expertise include the following: 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. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Abboud completed her residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issues, 2012, 2013 and 2015, 2016.

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

Dr. Harvey Smith practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Philadelphia, PA, Radnor, PA, and Berwyn, PA. His clinical interests include second opinions, spine microsurgery, and endoscopic discectomy. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Dr. Smith's education and training includes medical school at Penn State College of Medicine and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. James Reynolds is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. Dr. Reynolds is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Reynolds attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally 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. Vatinee Yam Bunya, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Vatinee Bunya practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Bunya include anterior segment surgery, blepharitis, and dry eyes. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Wills Eye Institute and Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego. Dr. Bunya (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Thai. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Dry Eyes, Microsurgery, Conjunctivitis, Cornea Transplant, Routine Eye Exam, Herpes, Anterior ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Octavia Pickett-Blakely is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Pickett-Blakely include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and anemia. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). After completing medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Pickett-Blakely performed her residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Rectal ... (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 specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Miller include parkinson's disease and psoriasis. Dr. Miller's hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Miller is closed to new patients at this time. Before completing his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Miller attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Parkinson's Disease

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

Dr. Robert Strauss' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. After attending National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. These areas are among his clinical interests: anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. On average, patients gave Dr. Strauss a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Strauss has received the following distinction: Atlanta Super Doctors. Dr. Strauss (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and German. He is professionally affiliated with 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)

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

Dr. Farzana Rashid's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Rashid's clinical interests: celiac disease, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and colon polyps. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rashid is a graduate of the University of Sheffield Medical School. Her training includes a residency program at MetroHealth Medical Center. She speaks Bengali.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, scleroderma

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