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. His areas of expertise include joint pain, fibromyalgia, and bursitis. Dr. Whalen is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. Before completing his residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Dr. Whalen attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Whalen's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Whalen takes. His distinctions include: Top Doctors - Main Line Magazine and Top Doctors - Philadelphia Magazine. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in adult rheumatology. She speaks Chinese. Her areas of expertise include the following: osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and bursitis. Dr. Kwan-Morley is affiliated with Main Line Health. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kwan-Morley's residency was performed at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kwan-Morley's office for an appointment.

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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 medical specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Sessions's clinical interests include elbow pain, arthroplasty, and osteomyelitis. He is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Chester County Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and then went on to complete his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sessions's distinctions include: Co-Chairman, Philadelphia Hand Symposium; "Top Doctor" in Orthopedics, Main Line Today; and American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders.

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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's areas of specialization are home health and general pediatrics. His areas of expertise include warts, ankle sprain, and athlete's foot. He is affiliated with Virtua Memorial Hospital and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Fendrick takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and a graduate of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children's residency program.

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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. 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 physician who specializes in adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: lower back strain, torticollis, and elbow pain. Dr. Sharkey is in-network for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sharkey graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His distinctions include: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs. He is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Riddle Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Elbow Pain, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Achilles Tendon Problems, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Fred Weinblatt is a neurologist. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, peripheral neuropathy, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Weinblatt is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Chester County Hospital. After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Weinblatt has received include Recognized by Main Line Today's Top Doctor's 2016 issue and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006.

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

Dr. Eric Smith is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include knee replacement, torticollis, and lower back strain. He is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Riddle Hospital. Dr. Smith graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Patients rated Dr. Smith highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith honors. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. He welcomes 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. Meredith N Osterman, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
500 Evergreen Drive; Suite 10
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Meredith Osterman specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Osterman's areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery, elbow pain, and arthroplasty. She is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Her medical residency was performed at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Osterman is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Crozer-Keystone Health System, and Methodist Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Elbow Pain, Sports Health, Hand Fracture, Soft Tissue Reconstruction, Dupuytren's Contracture, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Keith Laskin is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: barrett's esophagus, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. Dr. Laskin honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Laskin attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Main Line Health. Dr. Laskin has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Leonard Geiger sees patients in Paoli, PA and Exton, PA. His medical specialties are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: brain aneurysm, acoustic neuroma, and lyme disease. Dr. Geiger is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. Before completing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Geiger attended medical school at Albany Medical College. Dr. Geiger's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5. Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Geiger accepts. He 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. Philip A Adelman, MD
Specializes in Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Neurology
153 Exton Square Parkway
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Philip Adelman works as a neurologist and electrodiagnostic medicine specialist. His clinical interests include ischemic stroke, epilepsy, and electromyography (EMG). Dr. Adelman is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health and Phoenixville Hospital. Before completing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Adelman attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Patient ratings for Dr. Adelman average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Adelman is accepting 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. Cheston Simmons Jr., MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
915 Old Fern Hill Road; Suite 1, Building A
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Cheston Simmons is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in West Chester, PA, Kennett Square, PA, and West Grove, PA. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Simmons's areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, minimally invasive knee replacement, and ankle fracture. He is professionally affiliated with Chester County Hospital. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Simmons attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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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 A Finger, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
600 East Marshall Street; Suite 203
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Jamie Bastek's area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). These areas are among Dr. Bastek's clinical interests: amniocentesis, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and thyroid problems. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Bastek's professional 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. John J Kraus, MD
Specializes in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
414 Paoli Pike
Malvern, PA
 

Dr. John Kraus' medical specialty is spinal cord injury medicine. His areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS), bursitis, and pain management. He is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Kraus is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He 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)

Dr. Chris A Liacouras, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
481 John Young Way
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Chris Liacouras works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Liacouras's clinical interests include achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Liacouras honors. Before completing his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Liacouras attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He has received distinctions including Cystic Fibrosis Grant for Clinical Medicine; Harvard Anatomy Award; and Delaware Valley Academic Award. Dr. Liacouras is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Achalasia, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Allergies, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Friedman specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and practices in Malvern, PA. Patient ratings for Dr. Friedman average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Friedman's areas of expertise include the following: multiple sclerosis (MS), bursitis, and pain management. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital and Chester County Hospital. Dr. Friedman accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He has an open panel. He studied medicine at Albany Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Friedman trained at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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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)

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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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