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We found 24 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna Silver HMO near West Chester, PA.

Dr. Thomas J Whalen, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
310 Exton Commons
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Thomas Whalen practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Whalen is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Bryn Mawr Hospital's residency program. He has a special interest in fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Whalen is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. His distinctions include: Top Doctors - Philadelphia Magazine and Top Doctors - Main Line Magazine. He is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Alternative Medicine, Osteoarthritis

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 specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Glen Mills, PA, King of Prussia, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and then he performed his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. His areas of expertise include the following: elbow pain, arthroplasty, and osteomyelitis. Dr. Sessions's average patient rating is 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sessions honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sessions include: Co-Chairman, Philadelphia Hand Symposium; "Top Doctor" in Orthopedics, Main Line Today; and American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders. His professional affiliations include Penn Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University 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)

Dr. Eric Brandon Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
600 Evergreen Drive; Suite 201
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Eric Smith works as an orthopedic surgeon in Media, PA, Royersford, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include elbow pain, ACL injury, and bone spurs. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. His distinctions include: Chief Orthopaedic Resident of the Year; Pfizer Scholars in Pain Grant; and Junior Orthopaedic Resident of the Year. Dr. Smith's professional affiliations include 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, Ankle Fusion, Sports Health, Hip Pain, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Bone Spurs, Foot Surgery, ... (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 specializes in home health and general pediatrics. Dr. Fendrick's areas of expertise include the following: warts, ankle sprain, and athlete's foot. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training 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. Fred Martin Weinblatt, MD
Specializes in Neurology
440 East Marshall Street; Suite 100
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Fred Weinblatt's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Weinblatt's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weinblatt include back pain, peripheral neuropathy, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Weinblatt trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver for his residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006. Dr. Weinblatt is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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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. Steven S Han, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
860 Springdale Drive; Suite 100
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Steven Han's specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Han's clinical interests include renal artery stenosis, polycystic kidney disease, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He obtained his medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His professional affiliations include Penn Medicine and Paoli Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Interstitial Nephritis, Scleroderma, Renal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Keith Laskin's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. In his practice, Dr. Laskin focuses on celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Laskin has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Laskin has received the distinction of Sol Sherry Award for Clinical Research Komarov Prize for Clinical Research. He is professionally affiliated with Paoli Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Philip Adelman, who practices in Exton, PA, Paoli, PA, and Phoenixville, PA, is a medical specialist in electrodiagnostic medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include general neurology, migraine, and parkinson's disease. Dr. Adelman accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Adelman is a graduate of Rush Medical College and a graduate of Rush University Medical Center's residency program. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Phoenixville Hospital and Paoli Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology, Parkinson's Disease, Migraine, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lisa Lynette Hostetler, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
500 Evergreen Drive; Suite 20
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Lisa Hostetler is a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. Dr. Hostetler's clinical interests include phototherapy (light therapy), psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Aetna HSA, and more. Dr. Hostetler is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Sclerotherapy, Injectable Fillers, Skin Cancer, Spider Veins, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic ... (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 is a physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Areas of expertise for Dr. Bastek include amniocentesis, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and high risk pregnancy. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bastek's education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She speaks Spanish.

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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's specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Clinical interests for Dr. Durnwald include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), heart problems, and lupus. Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Durnwald obtained her medical school training at Northeast Ohio Medical University and performed her residency at Summa Health System. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Durnwald accepts. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, lupus

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Diabetes Management, Urinary Tract Problems, Diabetic ... (Read more)

Dr. Nasrat Gabra Ghattas, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
414 Paoli Pike
Malvern, PA
 

Dr. Nasrat Ghattas sees patients in Malvern, PA. His medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He has indicated that his clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS), bursitis, and sports health. He is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Ghattas attended medical school at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ghattas's training includes a residency program at Graduate Hospital. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Pain, Sports Health, Hip Problems, Multiple Sclerosis, Bursitis, Elbow Problems, Gait ... (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' specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Clinical interests for Dr. Simmons include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, ankle fracture, and hip problems. On average, patients gave Dr. Simmons a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Simmons has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Penn Medicine.

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

Dr. Sindhu Srinivas specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Srinivas's education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical interests for Dr. Srinivas include amniocentesis, high risk pregnancy, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Srinivas takes. In addition to English, Dr. Srinivas speaks Kannada. Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She has an open panel.

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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)

Dr. Shelley Sue Schuler, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
266 Lancaster Avenue; Suite 304
Malvern, PA
 

Dr. Shelley Schuler works as a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Schuler include nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. Dr. Schuler has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She is a graduate of Rush Medical College. Dr. Schuler's medical residency was performed at Temple University Hospital and Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn. She is affiliated with Paoli Hospital. Dr. Schuler welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Hair Problems, Nail Issues, Skin Issues

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Melissa Kennedy specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Abington, PA, Philadelphia, PA, and King of Prussia, PA. Her areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Kennedy is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. After attending Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Achalasia, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, ... (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.