We found 25 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare Gold POS 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. Dr. Whalen's clinical interests include joint pain, fibromyalgia, and bursitis. Patients rated him 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. Whalen honors. After completing medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Whalen include: Top Doctors - Main Line Magazine and Top Doctors - Philadelphia Magazine. He is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is closed to new patients at this time.

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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 specialty is adult rheumatology. She speaks Chinese. Dr. Kwan-Morley's clinical interests include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and bursitis. She is affiliated with Main Line Health. She attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Kwan-Morley trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is in-network for 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. 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. Patients gave Dr. Weinblatt an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, peripheral neuropathy, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Weinblatt's education and training includes medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Weinblatt include: Recognized by Main Line Today's Top Doctor's 2016 issue and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006. He 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. Joseph David Becker, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1246 W Chester Pike; Suite 303
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Becker's specialty is general pediatrics. These areas are among his clinical interests: acne, edema (swelling from fluid retention), and psoriasis. Dr. Becker is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare POS. He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Becker's residency was performed at Jefferson University Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Chester County Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Tinnitus, Tuberculosis, Atopic Dermatitis, Bell's Palsy, Edema, Gastritis, Irritable ... (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. Dr. Smith studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for his residency. His areas of expertise include torticollis, lower back strain, and paget's disease. He is rated highly by his patients. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith honors. Dr. Smith has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors. 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, 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 is a physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Her clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, elbow pain, and arthroplasty. She is professionally affiliated with Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Dr. Osterman takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Osterman attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency.

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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 gastroenterologist in Malvern, PA and Exton, PA. His clinical interests include barrett's esophagus, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. Dr. Laskin is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Temple University Hospital. Patients gave Dr. Laskin an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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)

Dr. Patricia J Lyons, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
419 N Franklin Street; Suite 3
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Patricia Lyons' medical specialty is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Lyons include hypertension (high blood pressure) and dialysis. She is affiliated with Chester County Hospital. Dr. Lyons is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lyons has an open panel. After attending MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, scleroderma

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Scleroderma, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Cancer, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Philip Adelman's areas of specialization are electrodiagnostic medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is a graduate of Rush Medical College. His medical residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Adelman include ischemic stroke, epilepsy, and electromyography (EMG). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Adelman takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health and Phoenixville Hospital. He is open to 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 works as an orthopedist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Simmons's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, minimally invasive knee replacement, and ankle fracture. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Simmons's education and training includes medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue. He is professionally 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 A Finger, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
600 East Marshall Street; Suite 203
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Jamie Bastek sees patients in Philadelphia, PA and West Chester, PA. Her medical specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). She attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bastek's areas of expertise include amniocentesis, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and high risk pregnancy. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Bastek is affiliated with 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 is a spinal cord injury medicine specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: multiple sclerosis (MS), bursitis, and pain management. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kraus accepts. Dr. Kraus graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Kraus has an open panel.

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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' area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. The average patient rating for Dr. Liacouras is 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Liacouras include achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He trained at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Liacouras include: Cystic Fibrosis Grant for Clinical Medicine; Harvard Anatomy Award; and Delaware Valley Academic Award. Dr. Liacouras 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, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Allergies, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jeffrey Friedman is a Malvern, PA physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Areas of expertise for Dr. Friedman include multiple sclerosis (MS), bursitis, and pain management. Patient ratings for Dr. Friedman average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Friedman is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He attended Albany Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. Dr. Friedman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital and Chester County Hospital. He is open to 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. Janice A Kelly, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
481 John Young Way
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Janice Kelly specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kelly include growth problems, celiac disease, and vomiting. Dr. Kelly is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. She studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Kelly has received the following distinctions: Main Line Today Magazine Top Doctors; Best Docs; and Main Line Today Magazine.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Celeste P Durnwald, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
600 East Marshall Street; Suite 203
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Celeste Durnwald is a physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Areas of expertise for Dr. Durnwald include high risk pregnancy, thyroid problems, 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 studied medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Her residency was performed at Summa Health System. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Durnwald is accepting 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)

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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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