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We found 21 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare Gold POS near West Chester, PA.

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

Dr. Thomas Whalen's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Bryn Mawr Hospital for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Whalen include fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Whalen has received include Top Doctors - Philadelphia Magazine and Top Doctors - Main Line Magazine. He is professionally 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. Eric Brandon Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
600 Evergreen Drive; Suite 201
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Eric Smith's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include the following: elbow pain, ACL injury, and bone spurs. He is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Riddle Hospital. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith's practice is open to new patients. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chief Orthopaedic Resident of the Year; Pfizer Scholars in Pain Grant; and Junior Orthopaedic Resident of the Year.

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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)

Dr. Fred Martin Weinblatt, MD
Specializes in Neurology
440 East Marshall Street; Suite 100
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Fred Weinblatt works as a neurologist in West Chester, PA and Kennett Square, PA. The average patient rating for Dr. Weinblatt is 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. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Weinblatt has received the following distinction: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006. He is professionally 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 area of specialization is adult nephrology. These areas are among his clinical interests: renal artery stenosis, polycystic kidney disease, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with Penn Medicine and Paoli Hospital. Dr. Han is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Jefferson University Hospitals. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Han has an open panel.

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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 works as a gastroenterologist in Malvern, PA and Exton, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Laskin include celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Patient reviews placed Dr. Laskin at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts 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 has received the distinction of Sol Sherry Award for Clinical Research Komarov Prize for Clinical Research. He is 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 practices electrodiagnostic medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Exton, PA, Paoli, PA, and Phoenixville, PA. His areas of clinical interest consist of general neurology, migraine, and parkinson's disease. Dr. Adelman is affiliated with Phoenixville Hospital and Paoli Hospital. He attended medical school at Rush Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Adelman trained at Rush University Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Adelman average 3.5 stars out of 5. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Adelman takes. He is accepting 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 practices pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. She attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for medical school and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. Dr. Hostetler's areas of expertise include the following: phototherapy (light therapy), psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. She accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Aetna HSA, and more. She is 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 practices maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Her clinical interests include diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), heart problems, and lupus. She is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Durnwald is a graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University and a graduate of Summa Health System's residency program. Dr. Durnwald takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She is open to 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 is a rehabilitation physician in Malvern, PA. Dr. Ghattas's education and training includes medical school at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine and residency at Graduate Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ghattas include multiple sclerosis (MS), bursitis, and sports health. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. He welcomes 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 is a physician who specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, ankle fracture, and hip problems. Patients rated Dr. Simmons highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Simmons has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally 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' specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). In addition to English, she speaks Kannada. Clinical interests for Dr. Srinivas include amniocentesis, high risk pregnancy, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Her professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. Dr. Srinivas honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice 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. Shelley Sue Schuler, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
266 Lancaster Avenue; Suite 304
Malvern, PA
 

Dr. Shelley Schuler is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Schuler's areas of expertise consist of nail issues, contact dermatitis, and hair problems. She is professionally affiliated with Paoli Hospital. She takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Schuler's office for an appointment. She attended Rush Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Temple University Hospital and Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn.

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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's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kennedy's clinical interests include achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. She accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. Dr. Kennedy's medical residency was performed at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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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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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
481 John Young Way
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Janice Kelly's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and malnutrition. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kelly honors. Dr. Kelly graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her distinctions include: Best Docs; Main Line Today Magazine; and Great Docs for Kids, Main Line Today Magazine. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
481 John Young Way
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Chris Liacouras is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Liacouras include achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Liacouras obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Cystic Fibrosis Grant for Clinical Medicine; Harvard Anatomy Award; and Delaware Valley Academic Award.

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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.