We found 14 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 03/100 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 is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Winfield, IL, Geneva, IL, and Warrenville, IL. Dr. Gierut has a special interest in connective tissue disorders, inflammation, and autoimmune disorders. She is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gierut honors. Dr. Gierut has an open panel. Her education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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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. Dr. Giangreco's areas of expertise include the following: osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Giangreco graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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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)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
302 Randall Road
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Lee Lichtenberg specializes in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Lichtenberg include rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and a graduate of VA Medical Center's residency program. The average patient rating for Dr. Lichtenberg is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Charles Allan Pratt, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road; Suite 102
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. C. Pratt specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pratt include obesity, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and food allergy. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HFN, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pratt's education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. Dr. Pratt has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Obesity, ... (Read more)

Dr. Donald C Hoscheit II, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road; Suite 209
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Donald Hoscheit, who practices in Naperville, IL, Winfield, IL, and Geneva, IL, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Hoscheit's clinical interests: colorectal surgery procedures, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Hoscheit attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Hoscheit has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Subhash Patel sees patients in Winfield, IL, Geneva, IL, and Dekalb, IL. His medical specialties are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: dizziness, migraine, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Patel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Patel has an open panel. 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.

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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 dermatology (skin disorders) specialist in Saint Charles, IL. Her clinical interests include rosacea, psoriasis, and skin infection. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. Dr. Carlsson Thorn honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Carlsson Thorn has an open panel. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Eczema, Skin Infection, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Laser Treatment, Psoriasis, Botox Injection, ... (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 works in Geneva, IL and Winfield, IL. Dr. Jelinek is especially interested in celiac disease, crohn's disease, and colorectal cancer screening. Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. She takes United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, and United Healthcare HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Jelinek attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

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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 works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Medina is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, celiac disease, and stomach cancer. Dr. Medina's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Medina takes. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Medina's practice is open to new patients.

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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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Dr. Zubair attended the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zubair is 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: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Rafael Piedra, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road; Suite 209
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Rafael Piedra is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Naperville, IL, Winfield, IL, and Geneva, IL. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Piedra include heartburn, colon cancer, and celiac disease. Dr. Piedra's hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Piedra honors. Dr. Piedra welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital's residency program. Dr. Piedra is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease, Heartburn, ... (Read more)

Dr. Harold L Mozwecz, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road; Suite 209
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Harold Mozwecz's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mozwecz include colorectal surgery procedures, heartburn, and colon cancer. Dr. Mozwecz honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). Dr. Mozwecz has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Endoscopic Surgery, Colitis, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Gallbladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Niraj K Ajmere, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
302 Randall Road; Suite 210
Geneva, IL
 

Dr. Niraj Ajmere is a gastroenterologist. On average, patients gave Dr. Ajmere a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: heartburn, pancreas problems, and colon cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital, and DuPage Medical Group (DMG). He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ajmere welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Heartburn, Colitis, Biliary Disorders, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Elena Gogoneata, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
1001 E Wilson Street; Suite 180
Batavia, IL
 

Dr. Elena Gogoneata works as a rheumatologist. In Dr. Gogoneata's practice, she is particularly interested in osteoporosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare PPO, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gogoneata accepts. After attending Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy for medical school, she completed her residency training at Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Gogoneata (or staff) is conversant in Romanian, French, and Russian. Dr. Gogoneata's professional affiliations include Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook, Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, and Adventist Medical Center La Grange. Dr. Gogoneata has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Arthritis, Lupus

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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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