We found 8 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept CIGNA Plans near Saint Louis, MO.

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Dr. William F. Stenson MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8c
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. William Stenson works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Stenson is conversant in Bosnian. He has indicated that his clinical interests include crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. His professional affiliations include Gastrointestinal Center at Center for Advanced Medicine (Barnes-Jewish North) and Washington University Physicians. He obtained his medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alan Pestronk MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine
average rating 2 stars (1 rating)
1 Children's Place; Suite 2d
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Alan Pestronk practices pediatric neurology and neuromuscular medicine in Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Pestronk is especially interested in myasthenia gravis, nerve disorders, and muscular dystrophy. He is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Center for Advanced Medicine. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Muscle Diseases, Muscular Dystrophy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Nerve ... (Read more)

Dr. Helen M. Pappa MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1465 S Grand Boulevard
St Louis, MO
 

Dr. Helen Pappa is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: indigestion, esophageal motility disorders, and hepatitis. Dr. Pappa is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After attending the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at St. Louis Children's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She has received professional recognition including the following: Career development award, NIH. In addition to English, Dr. Pappa (or staff) speaks Arabic, Greek, and Thai. Dr. Pappa is professionally affiliated with St. Luke's Hospital, Children's Hospital Boston, and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. Dr. Pappa's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Esophageal Motility Disorders, Gastrostomy, Incontinence, Cirrhosis, Colitis, Pyloric Stenosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Soe Soe Mar MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
1 Children's Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Soe Mar practices pediatric neurology in Saint Louis, MO. She is especially interested in multiple sclerosis (MS) and headache. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Mar attended the University of Medicine 1, Yangon for medical school and subsequently trained at Jacobi Medical Center for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Multiple Sclerosis

Margaret Kathleen Siska MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1465 S Grand Boulevard
St Louis, MO
 

Dr. Margaret Siska works as a pediatric endocrinologist in Saint Louis, MO and Chesterfield, MO. Her clinical interests include premature ovarian failure (POF), graves disease, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Siska is professionally affiliated with St. Luke's Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans. Before completing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Siska attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis

All Interests: Premature Ovarian Failure, Thyroid Problems, Thyroid Cancer, Graves Disease, Metabolic Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Susan E. Myers MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
average rating 2 stars (1 rating)
1465 S. Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Susan Myers practices pediatric endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Myers include cushing's syndrome, premature ovarian failure (POF), and growth problems. Dr. Myers's professional affiliations include SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - St. Louis, St. Luke's Hospital, and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Duke University Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis

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Sherida E. Tollefsen MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1465 S Grand
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Sherida Tollefsen specializes in pediatric endocrinology and practices in Saint Louis, MO and Chesterfield, MO. Her areas of expertise include premature ovarian failure (POF), heart problems, and graves disease. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tollefsen's education and training includes medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Tollefsen's professional affiliations include SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - St. Louis, St. Luke's Hospital, and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis

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David P. Dempsher MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
average rating 2.37 stars (2 ratings)
1465 S. Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. David Dempsher is a pediatric endocrinologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Dempsher include premature ovarian failure (POF), graves disease, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Dempsher takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Coventry Health Care Plans, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - St. Louis, St. Luke's Hospital, and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis

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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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