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 works as an adult rheumatologist. Dr. Derk's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Derk's hospital/clinic 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 Bradley Ligon, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Colin Ligon is a medical specialist in hospital medicine (hospitalist) and adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and interstitial lung disease. Dr. Ligon is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, in addition to 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 Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

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

Dr. Steffan Walter Schulz, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Steffan Schulz works as an adult rheumatologist in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. He studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Schulz trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. He has a special interest in raynaud's, lupus nephritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. 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. Preethi Thomas, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Preethi Thomas works as a rheumatologist. Dr. Thomas's areas of expertise include the following: knee arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and elbow pain. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She is a graduate of T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha. For her residency, Dr. Thomas trained 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. Anupama V Shahane, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Anupama Shahane is an adult rheumatology specialist. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Shahane include osteoporosis, lupus, and myositis. Dr. Shahane is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Shahane attended the University of Mumbai for medical school. 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 is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Taylor include hair problems, rosacea, and acne. She is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HealthSmart, and more. She attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Taylor has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Moles, Psoriasis, Cryosurgery, Athlete's Foot, Hyaluronic Acid Injections, Botox Injection, Atopic ... (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 medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pickett-Blakely include esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and anemia. Dr. Pickett-Blakely is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed her residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. She is professionally 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. Leo F McCluskey, MD
Specializes in Neurology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Leo McCluskey's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. McCluskey include post-polio syndrome (PPS), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and myasthenia gravis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). 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. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McCluskey honors. Dr. McCluskey 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.

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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. 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. Dr. Miller's areas of expertise include the following: parkinson's disease and psoriasis. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Miller is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of Hahnemann University Hospital's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Parkinson's Disease

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 addition to English, Dr. Bunya (or staff) speaks Spanish and Thai. She has indicated that her clinical interests include anterior segment surgery, blepharitis, and dry eyes. Dr. Bunya's professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Before performing her residency at Wills Eye Institute and Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, Dr. Bunya attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Soo Abboud's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Abboud studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for her residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abboud include neck reconstructive surgery, ear pain, and thyroid cancer. The average patient rating for Dr. Abboud is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issues, 2012, 2013 and 2015, 2016. She is conversant in Korean. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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

Dr. Bruce Brod practices dermatology (skin disorders) in Lancaster, PA, Berwyn, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Brod is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: mole removal, rosacea, and acne. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at Rhode Island Hospital and UPMC Presbyterian. On average, patients gave Dr. Brod a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Brod has received the distinction of Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Harvey Smith's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include second opinions, spine microsurgery, and endoscopic discectomy. Dr. Smith's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Smith graduated from Penn State College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Farzana Rashid works as an adult gastroenterologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Rashid is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include celiac disease, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and colon polyps. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rashid graduated from the University of Sheffield Medical School and then she performed her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Bengali. She is 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, Bleeding, Esophagitis, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. James Reynolds' specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Reynolds's education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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. These areas are among his clinical interests: anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Strauss honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Strauss graduated from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He has received the distinction of Atlanta Super Doctors. Dr. Strauss (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. Dr. Strauss is 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)

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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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