We found 8 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Great-West Healthcare HMO near Geneva, IL.

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Dr. Angelica Kathleen Speyer, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
302 Randall Road; Suite 307b
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Angelica Gierut works as a rheumatologist in Winfield, IL, Geneva, IL, and Warrenville, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Gierut include connective tissue disorders, inflammation, and autoimmune disorders. She honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Gierut attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Gierut welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Autoimmune Disorders, Inflammation, Connective Tissue Disorders

Dr. David Thomas Giangreco, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
302 Randall Road; Suite 307b
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. David Giangreco's specialty is adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Giangreco include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Giangreco takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Giangreco is accepting new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Giangreco attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, Vasculitis, Osteoporosis, Ankylosing ... (Read more)

Dr. Subhash Kanubhai Patel, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
302 Randall Road; Suite 104a
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Subhash Patel is a neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in Winfield, IL, Geneva, IL, and Dekalb, IL. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include the following: dizziness, migraine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Rush Medical College and the University College London (UCL) Medical School, he completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Dizziness, Neuromuscular Disorders, Migraine, Dementia, Epilepsy, Headache, Electromyography, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gunilla Sigrid Carlsson Thorn, MD
Specializes in Dermatology, Internal Medicine
2900 Foxfield Road
St Charles, IL
 

Dr. Gunilla Carlsson Thorn is a physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Areas of expertise for Dr. Carlsson Thorn include rosacea, psoriasis, and skin infection. Dr. Carlsson Thorn takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. Dr. Carlsson Thorn is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Skin Infection, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Laser Treatment, Psoriasis, Botox Injection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michelle Pamplona Tabao-Lee, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
296 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Michelle Tabao is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). She works in Geneva, IL and Elgin, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Tabao include concussion, spinal cord injuries, and trigger point injections. She is affiliated with Delnor Hospital. Dr. Tabao studied medicine at Our Lady of Fatima University, Fatima College of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tabao honors. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Holistic Approaches, Herniated Disc, Fibromyalgia, Cancer ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine A Jelinek, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Katherine Jelinek is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Jelinek trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her areas of clinical interest consist of celiac disease, crohn's disease, and colorectal cancer screening. Dr. Jelinek accepts United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening

Dr. Heliodoro Medina, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Heliodoro Medina is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Medina attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. In his practice, he is particularly interested in ulcers, celiac disease, and stomach cancer. Patient ratings for Dr. Medina average 5.0 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Medina takes. Dr. Medina speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Medina has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Pancreas Problems, Ulcers, Stomach Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sharif Zubair, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Sharif Zubair's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include ulcers, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Zubair's professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. After attending the University of Kentucky College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zubair has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Ulcers, Celiac Disease, Acid ... (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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