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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Bronze 6450/HMO Premier near Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Sunil Singhal MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
3400 Spruce Street; 6th Floor, Silverstein Pvln.
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 662-4767

Dr. Sunil Singhal is a physician who specializes in thoracic surgery. His clinical interests include esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and cancer surgery. Dr. Singhal takes several insurance carriers, including Highmark, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery, Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS), Barrett's Esophagus, ... (Read more)

Christopher T Plastaras MD
Specializes in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
1800 Lombard Street; 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 662-3259

Dr. Christopher Plastaras is a physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Clinical interests for Dr. Plastaras include leg pain, elbow pain, and shoulder tendonitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Plastaras is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Plastaras takes. He has received the following distinction: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Achilles Tendonitis, Ankle Pain, Ankle Sprain, Ankle Tendonitis, Arthritis, Back and Spinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert M Strauss MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
218 Wright Saunders Building; 51 N 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 662-8900

Dr. Robert Strauss' specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Strauss include anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He has received the following distinction: Atlanta Super Doctors. Dr. Strauss (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Acid Peptic Disorders, Anemia, Celiac Disease, Colitis, Colon Biopsy, Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery, Pediatric Dermatology
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 662-2737

Dr. Jonathan Kantor's specialties are pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He practices in Philadelphia, PA. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Kantor's clinical interests include academic dermatology, psoriasis, and skin cancer. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Academic Dermatology, Medical Dermatology, Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Tropical Dermatology


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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.