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 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
491 John Young Way; Baxter Building Two, Suite 210
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Jennifer Kwan-Morley's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She is conversant in Chinese. Clinical interests for Dr. Kwan-Morley include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and bursitis. She is affiliated with Main Line Health. Dr. Kwan-Morley studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. The average patient rating for Dr. Kwan-Morley is 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kwan-Morley's practice is open to 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 hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Glen Mills, PA and King of Prussia, PA. These areas are among his clinical interests: elbow pain, arthroplasty, and osteomyelitis. The average patient rating for Dr. Sessions is 2.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. Dr. Sessions 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. He has received distinctions including Co-Chairman, Philadelphia Hand Symposium; "Top Doctor" in Orthopedics, Main Line Today; and American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders. He is professionally 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. His clinical interests include warts, ankle sprain, and athlete's foot. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Fendrick studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His training includes a residency program at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fendrick accepts.

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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 works as an orthopedist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smith include knee replacement, torticollis, and lower back strain. Patient ratings for Dr. Smith average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Smith takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Riddle Hospital. Dr. Smith is accepting 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. Peter Francis Sharkey, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Rothman Institute at Glen Mills; 600 Evergreen Drive
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Peter Sharkey practices adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. Dr. Sharkey's areas of expertise include the following: lower back strain, torticollis, and elbow pain. His professional affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Riddle Hospital. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Sharkey trained at Jefferson University Hospitals. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs. Dr. Sharkey has an open panel.

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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 is a medical specialist in electrodiagnostic medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His clinical interests include ischemic stroke, epilepsy, and electromyography (EMG). Dr. Adelman is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health and Phoenixville Hospital. He attended Rush Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Adelman's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. John Kraus' specialty is spinal cord injury medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: multiple sclerosis (MS), bursitis, and pain management. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kraus attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Kraus's practice is open to 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)

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

Dr. Leonard Geiger's areas of specialization are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Geiger's areas of expertise include the following: brain aneurysm, acoustic neuroma, and lyme disease. He is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. He is a graduate of Albany Medical College. Dr. Geiger completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. Dr. Geiger welcomes 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. 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. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Weinblatt include back pain, peripheral neuropathy, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Weinblatt attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: Recognized by Main Line Today's Top Doctor's 2016 issue and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006. Dr. Weinblatt is affiliated with 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. Jeffrey Michael Friedman, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
414 Paoli Pike
Malvern, PA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Friedman's area of specialization is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Friedman attended medical school at Albany Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. Areas of expertise for Dr. Friedman include multiple sclerosis (MS), bursitis, and pain management. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Friedman is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital and Chester County Hospital. He welcomes 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 specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, ankle fracture, and hip problems. Dr. Simmons's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Simmons is 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 practices maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) in Philadelphia, PA and West Chester, PA. She graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical interests for Dr. Bastek include amniocentesis, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and thyroid problems. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Bastek speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include 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 maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Durnwald include thyroid problems, diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and heart problems. Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She obtained her medical school training at Northeast Ohio Medical University and performed her residency at Summa Health System. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Durnwald is open to 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. Sindhu Kikkeri Srinivas, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
600 East Marshall Street; Suite 203
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Sindhu Srinivas is a medical specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Areas of expertise for Dr. Srinivas include high risk pregnancy, thyroid problems, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Dr. Srinivas is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She speaks Kannada. Dr. Srinivas is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She is open to 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)

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

Dr. Keith Laskin is an adult gastroenterologist. Dr. Laskin's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: barrett's esophagus, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. He is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Laskin graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Temple University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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