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We found 26 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna Silver HMO near West Chester, PA.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
310 Exton Commons
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Thomas Whalen's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Whalen's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: joint pain, fibromyalgia, and bursitis. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Dr. Whalen attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. 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. He welcomes 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)

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
491 John Young Way; Baxter Building Two, Suite 210
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Jennifer Kwan-Morley specializes in adult rheumatology. These areas are among her clinical interests: osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and bursitis. Dr. Kwan-Morley is affiliated with Main Line Health. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she performed her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Kwan-Morley honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Facet Injection, Joint ... (Read more)

Dr. Blane Adam Sessions, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
300 Evergreen Drive; Suite 320
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Blane Sessions is a physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and a graduate of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans' residency program. His clinical interests include elbow pain, arthroplasty, and osteomyelitis. Dr. Sessions's average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. Dr. Sessions has received distinctions including Co-Chairman, Philadelphia Hand Symposium; "Top Doctor" in Orthopedics, Main Line Today; and American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders. He is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Chester County Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Elbow Pain, Sports Health, Dupuytren's Contracture, Bursitis, Wrist Problems, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

Jeffrey S. Fendrick, MD
Specializes in Home Health, General Pediatrics
440 East Marshall Street; 3rd Floor North, Suite 300
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Fendrick practices home health and general pediatrics. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, ankle sprain, and athlete's foot. Dr. Fendrick is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Dr. Fendrick is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, celiac disease, lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Ankle Sprain, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Diabetes Management, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Eating ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric Brandon Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
600 Evergreen Drive; 2nd Floor
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Eric Smith is an orthopedic surgeon in Media, PA, Philadelphia, PA, and Limerick, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include knee replacement, lower back strain, and torticollis. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Smith has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Riddle Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Elbow Pain, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shoulder Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter Francis Sharkey, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Rothman Institute at Glen Mills; 600 Evergreen Drive
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Peter Sharkey is a specialist in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. He works in Philadelphia, PA, Media, PA, and King of Prussia, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Sharkey include knee replacement, lower back strain, and torticollis. He is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. His education and training includes medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs. Dr. Sharkey is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Riddle Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Elbow Pain, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shoulder Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Philip A Adelman, MD
Specializes in Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Neurology
153 Exton Square Parkway
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Philip Adelman practices electrodiagnostic medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Phoenixville, PA, Exton, PA, and Paoli, PA. Patient ratings for Dr. Adelman average 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Adelman include ischemic stroke, epilepsy, and electromyography (EMG). Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Adelman honors. After attending Rush Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Adelman is affiliated with Main Line Health and Phoenixville Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's Palsy, Parkinson's Disease, Encephalitis, Dementia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Fred Martin Weinblatt, MD
Specializes in Neurology
440 East Marshall Street
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Fred Weinblatt is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Weinblatt completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weinblatt include back pain, peripheral neuropathy, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Weinblatt takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Recognized by Main Line Today's Top Doctor's 2016 issue and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006. His professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Chester County Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neck Pain, Dementia, Stroke, Epilepsy, Back Pain, Alzheimer's Disease, Headache, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. John Joseph Kraus, MD
Specializes in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
414 Paoli Pike
Malvern, PA
 

Dr. John Kraus works as a spinal cord injury specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Kraus include multiple sclerosis (MS), bursitis, and pain management. Dr. Kraus honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Ear Pain, Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Multiple Sclerosis, Bursitis, Bell's Palsy, Toenail Fungus, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
154 Exton Square Parkway
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Leonard Geiger is a neurophysiologist and neurologist. His areas of expertise include the following: brain aneurysm, acoustic neuroma, and lyme disease. Dr. Geiger has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Geiger's education and training includes medical school at Albany Medical College and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's Palsy, Parkinson's Disease, Meningitis, Encephalitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Michael Friedman, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
414 Paoli Pike
Malvern, PA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Friedman's area of specialization is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS), bursitis, and pain management. Dr. Friedman takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Albany Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Friedman is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital and Chester County Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Bursitis, Bell's Palsy, Toenail Fungus, Encephalitis, Strains, Cerebral Palsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Cheston Simmons Jr., MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
915 Old Fern Hill Road; Suite 1, Building A
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Cheston Simmons, who practices in West Chester, PA, Kennett Square, PA, and West Grove, PA, is a medical specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Simmons graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, ankle fracture, and hip problems. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Simmons has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Chester County Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Prosthetics, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hip Problems, Bone Spurs, Ankle Fracture, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jamie Ann Finger, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
600 East Marshall Street; Suite 203
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Jamie Bastek's medical specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Bastek completed a residency program at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bastek include amniocentesis, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and thyroid problems. Dr. Bastek is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Chester County Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Prenatal Ultrasound, Pre-Eclampsia, Labor and Delivery, Vaginal Birth after ... (Read more)

Dr. Celeste Patricia Durnwald, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
600 East Marshall Street; Suite 203
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Celeste Durnwald is a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Her areas of expertise include thyroid problems, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and heart problems. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Before completing her residency at Summa Health System, Dr. Durnwald attended medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, lupus

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Diabetes Management, Diabetic Nephropathy, Sickle Cell ... (Read more)

Dr. Keith Jeffrey Laskin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
495 Thomas Jones Way; Suite 200
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Keith Laskin is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Malvern, PA and Exton, PA. Dr. Laskin studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Temple University Hospital. His areas of expertise include esophageal manometry, barrett's esophagus, and crohn's disease. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Laskin is affiliated with Main Line Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Esophageal Manometry, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Sindhu Kikkeri Srinivas, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
600 East Marshall Street; Suite 203
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Sindhu Srinivas practices maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Srinivas's areas of expertise include high risk pregnancy, thyroid problems, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, she completed her residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to English, Dr. Srinivas speaks Kannada. She is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, lupus

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Pre-Eclampsia, Diabetic Nephropathy, Sickle Cell ... (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.