We found 72 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare Silver HMO near Radnor, PA.

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 rheumatologist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Derk attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Abington Memorial Hospital for residency. 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. Gary Victor Gordon, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1991 Sproul Road; Suite 450
Broomall, 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)

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)

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

Dr. Steffan Schulz is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Schulz include raynaud's, lupus nephritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Schulz graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Schulz completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. He is professionally 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, who practices in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shahane include osteoporosis, lupus, and myositis. Dr. Shahane is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Mumbai and performed her residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Shahane is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shahane honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Myositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus

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
700 S Henderson Road; Suite 200
King of Prussia, 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
700 S Henderson Road; Suite 200
King of Prussia, 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)

Dr. David Avery Bottger, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, General Surgery
3855 West Chester Pike; Suite 230
Newtown Square, PA
 

Dr. David Bottger works as a plastic surgeon and general surgeon in Newtown Square, PA and Havertown, PA. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, psoriasis, and deviated septum. Dr. Bottger is professionally affiliated with Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Phoenixville Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Cleveland Clinic, Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Bottger is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. He has received the following distinction: "Top Doctor" in Plastic Surgery, Main Line Today. Dr. Bottger welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Deviated Septum, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Butt Augmentation, Lip ... (Read more)

Dr. Ralph Scott Sando Jr., MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
100 Church Road; Suite 100
Ardmore, PA
 

Dr. Ralph Sando's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). He is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and a graduate of Temple University Hospital's residency program. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sando include biopsy, comprehensive ophthalmology, and cataracts. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Sando honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. In addition to English, he speaks Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Accuvision Eye M.D. Caregroup, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Biopsy, Sjogren's Syndrome

Dr. Stephanie Marie Sweet, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
700 S Henderson Road; Suite 200
King of Prussia, PA
 

Dr. Stephanie Sweet, who practices in King of Prussia, PA, East Norriton, PA, and Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in hand surgery, physical therapy, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Her clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, elbow pain, and osteomyelitis. Dr. Sweet's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, Dr. Sweet attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Sweet's hospital/clinic affiliations include Einstein Healthcare Network, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Abington Health. Dr. Sweet is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Elbow Pain, Sports Health, Dupuytren's Contracture, Bursitis, Wrist Surgery, Rheumatoid Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rita Jirjis El-Hajj, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1100 East Hector Street; Suite 105a
Conshohocken, PA
 

Dr. Rita El-Hajj is a physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. In Dr. El-Hajj's practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes management, metabolic disorders, and graves disease. She is affiliated with Lankenau Medical Center. She honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. Dr. El-Hajj is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. El-Hajj trained at Maryland General Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. El-Hajj (or staff) speaks Arabic and French.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis

All Interests: Metabolic Disorders, Thyroid Cancer, Graves Disease, Diabetes Management, Hyperthyroidism, ... (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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