We found 18 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 sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Derk's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before performing his residency at Abington Memorial Hospital, Dr. Derk attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school.

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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's medical specialty is general practice, hospital medicine (hospitalist), and adult rheumatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and interstitial lung disease. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ligon obtained his medical school training at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Ligon's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and MedStar Health. He has an open panel.

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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' specialty is adult rheumatology. These areas are among her clinical interests: knee arthritis, metabolic bone disease, and psoriatic arthritis. Dr. Thomas is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before performing her residency at Jersey City Medical Center, Dr. Thomas attended T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha for medical school. 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 is an adult rheumatologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schulz include raynaud's, lupus nephritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Schulz is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and a graduate of Jefferson University Hospitals' residency program. 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. Anupama Vijay Shahane, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Anupama Shahane is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Shahane is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She has indicated that her clinical interests include osteoporosis, lupus, and myositis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shahane honors. Before performing her residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Shahane attended the University of Mumbai for medical school. She is 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 specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Taylor's areas of expertise include the following: cryotherapy, hair problems, and rosacea. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Taylor takes. Dr. Taylor studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her residency was performed at Pennsylvania Hospital. She has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Taylor's professional 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 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 is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Before completing his residency at Rhode Island Hospital and UPMC Presbyterian, Dr. Brod attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brod include rosacea, acne, and psoriasis. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Brod is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received the distinction of Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Lancaster General Health.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Injectable Fillers, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Cosmetic Skin ... (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 a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include scoliosis, second opinions, and spine microsurgery. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He attended Penn State College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Leo McCluskey is a neurologist in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. McCluskey include post-polio syndrome (PPS), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and myasthenia gravis. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. McCluskey performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He has received the following distinctions: 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. 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). The average patient rating for Dr. Abboud is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: neck reconstructive surgery, ear pain, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Abboud is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Abboud has received the following distinction: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issues, 2012, 2013 and 2015, 2016. Dr. Abboud 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. James Charles Reynolds, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. James Reynolds is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: achalasia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Reynolds is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Reynolds has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). In her practice, she is particularly interested in anterior segment surgery, blepharitis, and dry eyes. Dr. Bunya honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Wills Eye Institute and Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego. Dr. Bunya (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Thai. She is affiliated with 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Pickett-Blakely's areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and anemia. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). She studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Pickett-Blakely's training includes a residency program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pickett-Blakely takes.

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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 works as a general internist and geriatrician in Radnor, PA. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests encompass parkinson's disease and psoriasis. Dr. Miller takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, he performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Unfortunately, Dr. Miller is not currently accepting new patients.

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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' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Strauss's clinical interests include anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Strauss has received the distinction of Atlanta Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Strauss (or staff) speaks Spanish and German.

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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. Dr. Rashid's education and training includes medical school at the University of Sheffield Medical School and residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rashid include celiac disease, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and colon polyps. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She is conversant in Bengali. Dr. Rashid 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)

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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.