We found 92 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna Leap Specialty near Bryn Mawr, PA.

Dr. Gary Victor Gordon, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
100 Lancaster Avenue, Lankenau Medical Building West; Suite 137
Wynnewood, PA
 

Dr. Gary Gordon, who practices in Wynnewood, PA and Broomall, PA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and bursitis. Dr. Gordon is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. He is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine. He trained at Waterbury Hospital for residency. Dr. Gordon takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Gordon's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chadwick Rudolph Johr, MD
Specializes in Pediatrics, Adult Rheumatology
3910 Powelton Avenue; 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Chadwick Johr specializes in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Johr include sjogren's syndrome. Dr. Johr's hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Penn State College of Medicine and residency at Rhode Island Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Sjogren's Syndrome

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
117 N Eagle Road
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Thomas Whalen works as a rheumatologist. After attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Whalen include joint pain, fibromyalgia, and bursitis. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Whalen has received professional recognition including the following: Top Doctors - Main Line Magazine and Top Doctors - Philadelphia Magazine. He is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Whalen's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Tendonitis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Pain, Fibromyalgia, Facet Injection, Joint ... (Read more)

Dr. David Abraham Allan, PhD, MD
Specializes in Occupational Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
3910 Powelton Avenue; 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. David Allan's areas of specialization are occupational medicine and adult rheumatology. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Allan speaks French. His professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Polymyositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Frederick B Vivino, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3910 N Powelton Avenue; 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Frederick Vivino practices adult rheumatology in Philadelphia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Vivino include knee arthritis, leg pain, and psoriatic arthritis. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Vivino takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Vivino completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Vivino include: Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue from 2008 through 2016; Philadelphia Super Doctors; and Recognized in America's Top Doctors, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Knee Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Elbow Pain, Dermatomyositis, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lan X Chen, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3910 Building, Suite 100; 51 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Lan Chen is an adult rheumatologist in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Chen speaks Chinese. Her areas of expertise include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia. She is affiliated with Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She graduated from Shanghai Medical University and then she performed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Chen has received include Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2008-2009; Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2011-2012 and 2013-2013-2014; and Recognized by MDx Medical's Patients' Choice Award in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Myositis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
825 Old Lancaster Road; Suite 470
Bryn Mawr, PA
 

Dr. Kendra Zuckerman is an adult rheumatology specialist. Her areas of expertise include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia. The average patient rating for Dr. Zuckerman is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Zuckerman accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny University. Dr. Zuckerman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists and Bryn Mawr Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alexis Renae Ogdie-Beatty, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3900 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Alexis Ogdie-Beatty is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Ogdie-Beatty's areas of expertise include psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. She is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ogdie-Beatty takes.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis

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

Dr. Preethi Thomas specializes in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Thomas include knee arthritis, metabolic bone disease, and psoriatic arthritis. Dr. Thomas is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She is a graduate of T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha and a graduate of Jersey City Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Thomas is professionally affiliated with 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. Fabian Alberto Mendoza-Ballesteros, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
225 E. City Avenue; Suite 109
Bala Cynwyd, PA
 

Dr. Fabian Mendoza-Ballesteros' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include menopause, psoriatic arthritis, and shoulder tendonitis. He is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Mendoza-Ballesteros obtained his medical school training at National University of San Marcos and performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Menopause, Psoriatic Arthritis, Knee Pain, Osteoporosis, Neck Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marianthi Kiriakidou, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
225 E. City Avenue; Suite 109
Bala Cynwyd, PA
 

Dr. Marianthi Kiriakidou is an adult rheumatologist in Bala Cynwyd, PA and Philadelphia, PA. In her practice, Dr. Kiriakidou focuses on lupus and biopsy. Dr. Kiriakidou honors Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School. She is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Biopsy, Lupus, Sjogren's Syndrome

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
825 Old Lancaster Road; Suite 470
Bryn Mawr, PA
 

Dr. Pierre Minerva's specialty is adult rheumatology. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Dr. Minerva is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. His residency was performed at Geisinger Medical Center. Dr. Minerva is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Minerva's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Facet ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
825 Old Lancaster Road; Suite 470
Bryn Mawr, PA
 

Dr. Stephanie Flagg's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in bursitis, lupus, and lyme disease. She takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Flagg completed her residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Flagg has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Bursitis, Joint Aspiration, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Joint Problems

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
825 Old Lancaster Road; Suite 470
Bryn Mawr, PA
 

Dr. Donald Miller practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Miller's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include joint pain, osteoporosis, and psoriatic arthritis. He is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Miller's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at New York Medical College and New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Pain, Gout, ... (Read more)

Dr. Arthur Lee Osterman Jr., MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2010 West Chester Pike; Suite 330
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Arthur Osterman's specialties are hand surgery, physical therapy, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Osterman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Osterman include psoriatic arthritis, elbow pain, and wrist fracture. Patient ratings for Dr. Osterman average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Osterman is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Philadelphia magazine "Top Docs" since; "Top Doctors" in Hand Surgery; and Philadelphia magazine. Dr. Osterman (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Elbow Pain, Wrist Fracture, Sports Health, Shoulder Dislocation, Dupuytren's ... (Read more)

Dr. Randall William Culp, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
2010 West Chester Pike; Suite 330
Havertown, PA
 

Dr. Randall Culp practices hand surgery, physical therapy, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in King of Prussia, PA, Havertown, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Penn State College of Medicine. His residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Areas of expertise for Dr. Culp include psoriatic arthritis, elbow pain, and osteomyelitis. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Culp accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors; Main Line Today Top Doc Award; and "Top Doctors" in Hand Surgery. His professional affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Elbow Pain, Sports Health, Dupuytren's Contracture, Proximal Row Carpectomy, ... (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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