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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 works as an adult rheumatologist. His areas of expertise include the following: joint pain, fibromyalgia, and bursitis. Dr. Whalen is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Whalen completed his residency training at Bryn Mawr Hospital. His average patient rating is 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Whalen include: Top Doctors - Main Line Magazine and Top Doctors - Philadelphia Magazine. Dr. Whalen has an open panel.

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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 works as an adult rheumatologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kwan-Morley include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and bursitis. On average, patients gave Dr. Kwan-Morley a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Kwan-Morley trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Kwan-Morley is affiliated with Main Line Health. 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 works as a hand surgeon and orthopedist. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sessions include elbow pain, arthroplasty, and osteomyelitis. Dr. Sessions is affiliated with Penn Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. Dr. Sessions 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 distinctions including 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 is a physician who specializes in home health and general pediatrics. Dr. Fendrick graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Clinical interests for Dr. Fendrick include warts, ankle sprain, and athlete's foot. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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 practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include knee replacement, lower back strain, and torticollis. He is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Riddle Hospital. Dr. Smith is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Smith trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors.

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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. He attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Sharkey's training includes a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. His areas of expertise include the following: knee replacement, lower back strain, and torticollis. Dr. Sharkey has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. He has received distinctions including Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs. He is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Riddle Hospital. Dr. Sharkey 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. Fred Martin Weinblatt, MD
Specializes in Neurology
440 East Marshall Street; Suite 100
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Fred Weinblatt specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in West Chester, PA and Kennett Square, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weinblatt include back pain, peripheral neuropathy, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Weinblatt is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver for residency. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Weinblatt has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Philip A Adelman, MD
Specializes in Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Neurology
153 Exton Square Parkway
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Philip Adelman is a specialist in electrodiagnostic medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Phoenixville, PA, Exton, PA, and Paoli, PA. Dr. Adelman's clinical interests include ischemic stroke, epilepsy, and electromyography (EMG). He is 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. Dr. Adelman is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Dr. Leonard Robert Geiger Jr., MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
154 Exton Square Parkway
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Leonard Geiger works as a neurophysiologist and neurologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Geiger include brain aneurysm, acoustic neuroma, and lyme disease. He is affiliated with Main Line Health. Before performing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Geiger attended Albany Medical College for medical school. Patient reviews placed Dr. Geiger at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's Palsy, Parkinson's Disease, Brain Aneurysm, Acoustic ... (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 medical specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Bastek's clinical interests include amniocentesis, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and high risk pregnancy. Her professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Bastek is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. John Kraus specializes in spinal cord injury medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kraus include multiple sclerosis (MS), bursitis, and pain management. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Kraus attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Kraus is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Ear Pain, Multiple Sclerosis, Bursitis, Bell's Palsy, Toenail Fungus, Lower Back Problems, Strains, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Friedman practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Friedman include multiple sclerosis (MS), bursitis, and pain management. Dr. Friedman is affiliated with Penn Medicine and Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Friedman is open to new patients. He attended Albany Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Bursitis, Bell's Palsy, Toenail Fungus, Strains, Cerebral Palsy, Sprains, ... (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 area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). After completing medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University, she performed her residency at Summa Health System. Dr. Durnwald's areas of expertise include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), heart problems, and lupus. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Her professional affiliations include 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, Diabetes Management, Urinary Tract Problems, Diabetic ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Keith Laskin is a gastroenterologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Laskin is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include esophageal manometry, barrett's esophagus, and crohn's disease. Dr. Laskin takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Laskin's education and training includes medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and residency at Temple University Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. He is accepting 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. 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 an orthopedic surgeon in West Chester, PA, Kennett Square, PA, and West Grove, PA. The average patient rating for Dr. Simmons is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, ankle fracture, and hip problems. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Simmons 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 practices maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Her clinical interests include amniocentesis, high risk pregnancy, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Srinivas completed her residency training at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She speaks Kannada. Dr. Srinivas's 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)

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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.