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 is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Derk takes. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Derk performed his residency at Abington Memorial Hospital. His 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 Bradley Ligon, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Colin Ligon is a hospitalist and adult rheumatologist. His areas of clinical interest consist of polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and interstitial lung disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and MedStar Health. Dr. Ligon takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, HealthSmart, and more. He has an open panel. After attending Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Ligon completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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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, who practices in Radnor, PA and Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Thomas's clinical interests include knee arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and elbow pain. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha and then she performed her residency 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
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Steffan Schulz specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Schulz attended Temple University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He has indicated that his clinical interests include raynaud's, lupus nephritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schulz honors. He is affiliated with 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 specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Shahane include osteoporosis, lupus, and myositis. Dr. Shahane's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shahane honors. Dr. Shahane attended the University of Mumbai for medical school and subsequently trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center for residency. 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 works as a dermatologist. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a graduate of Pennsylvania Hospital's residency program. Dr. Taylor's areas of expertise include hair problems, rosacea, and acne. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Taylor honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue. She is conversant in 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 specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brod include mole removal, rosacea, and acne. Dr. Brod is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Rhode Island Hospital and UPMC Presbyterian. Dr. Brod's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: 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. Vatinee Yam Bunya, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Vatinee Bunya's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of clinical interest consist of anterior segment surgery, blepharitis, and dry eyes. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Bunya is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Bunya trained at Wills Eye Institute and Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego for residency. Dr. Bunya (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Thai.

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

Dr. Leo McCluskey works as 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. Dr. McCluskey's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, he performed his residency 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.

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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 specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Her areas of expertise include the following: neck reconstructive surgery, ear pain, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Abboud is rated highly by her patients. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Abboud obtained her medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and 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. In addition to English, she speaks Korean. Her professional 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. Harvey Edward Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Harvey Smith is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Philadelphia, PA, Radnor, PA, and Berwyn, PA. He is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Smith trained at Jefferson University Hospitals. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include second opinions, spine microsurgery, and endoscopic discectomy. Dr. Smith has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. 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, 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 specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA. His areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Reynolds completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Reynolds has received the distinction of 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, Intestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Octavia Pickett-Blakely sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA. Her medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Pickett-Blakely's areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and anemia. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Dr. Pickett-Blakely attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 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. Matthew C Miller, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
250 King of Prussia Road; Suite 2e
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Matthew Miller practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Radnor, PA. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Miller include parkinson's disease and psoriasis. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Miller is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Parkinson's Disease

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

Dr. Farzana Rashid's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: celiac disease, gastrostomy (G-tube insertion), and colon polyps. The average patient rating for Dr. Rashid is 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Rashid studied medicine at the University of Sheffield Medical School. She completed her residency training 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. Robert M Strauss, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Robert Strauss' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Strauss (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. His areas of expertise include anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. Dr. Strauss is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Strauss studied medicine at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Strauss takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Atlanta Super Doctors.

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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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