We found 19 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Geisinger Health Plan near Berwyn, PA.

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Dr. Chris Terry Derk, MS, BS, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Chris Derk, who practices in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, Dr. Derk completed his residency training at Abington Memorial Hospital. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Scleroderma, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Raynaud's

Dr. Colin B Ligon, MD
Specializes in Hospital Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Colin Ligon is a specialist in hospital medicine (hospitalist) and adult rheumatology. Dr. Ligon's areas of expertise include polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and interstitial lung disease. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Ligon attended Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Polymyositis, Myositis, Dermatomyositis, Sarcoidosis, Scleroderma, Interstitial Lung Disease

Dr. Steffan Walter Schulz, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Steffan Schulz is a rheumatologist. His areas of expertise include raynaud's, lupus nephritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Schulz is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Lupus Nephritis, Lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Raynaud's

Dr. Anupama V Shahane, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Anupama Shahane specializes in adult rheumatology. Before completing her residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Shahane attended medical school at the University of Mumbai. Her areas of expertise consist of osteoporosis, lupus, and myositis. The average patient rating for Dr. Shahane is 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Myositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Preethi Thomas, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Preethi Thomas' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Her clinical interests include knee arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and elbow pain. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Thomas takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thomas is a graduate of T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha. She trained at Jersey City Medical Center for her residency.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, lupus, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Knee Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Elbow Pain, Dermatomyositis, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Primary ... (Read more)

Dr. Harvey Edward Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Harvey Smith sees patients in Philadelphia, PA, Radnor, PA, and Berwyn, PA. His medical specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended Penn State College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include the following: cervical herniated disc, second opinions, and spine microsurgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Second Opinions, Artificial Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Rheumatoid ... (Read more)

Dr. James Charles Reynolds, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. James Reynolds works as a gastroenterologist. Dr. Reynolds attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Achalasia, Colitis, Esophagitis, Abdominal Problems, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Intestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan C Taylor, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Susan Taylor's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Areas of expertise for Dr. Taylor include hair problems, rosacea, and acne. Dr. Taylor's hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Before completing her residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, Dr. Taylor attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Taylor takes. She has received the following distinction: Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issue.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Moles, Psoriasis, Cryosurgery, Athlete's Foot, Hyaluronic Acid Injections, Botox Injection, Atopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce A Brod, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Bruce Brod's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: mole removal, rosacea, and acne. Dr. Brod is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Rhode Island Hospital and UPMC Presbyterian for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Brod is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He has received the distinction of Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Injectable Fillers, Skin Cancer, Rosacea, Surgical ... (Read more)

Dr. Octavia Evette Pickett-Blakely, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Octavia Pickett-Blakely specializes in adult gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and anemia. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Pickett-Blakely obtained her medical school training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and performed her residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Dr. Pickett-Blakely is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrostomy, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Bile Duct Cancer, Gastrointestinal Problems, Rectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew C Miller, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
250 King of Prussia Road; Suite 2e
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Matthew Miller's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Radnor, PA. Dr. Miller's clinical interests encompass parkinson's disease and psoriasis. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Miller trained at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Miller is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Miller has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Parkinson's Disease

Dr. Vatinee Y Bunya, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Vatinee Bunya specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Bunya's areas of expertise include the following: conjunctivitis (pink eye), anterior segment surgery, and blepharitis. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Wills Eye Institute and Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, Dr. Bunya attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Bunya (or staff) speaks Spanish and Thai. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Dry Eyes, Microsurgery, Conjunctivitis, Cornea Transplant, Routine Eye Exam, Herpes, Anterior ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert M Strauss, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Robert Strauss' specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Strauss is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He graduated from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Strauss has received the distinction of Atlanta Super Doctors. Dr. Strauss (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. Dr. Strauss's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Colitis, Gastrointestinal Biopsy, Liver Cancer, Intestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Leo F McCluskey, MD
Specializes in Neurology
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Leo McCluskey is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. McCluskey include post-polio syndrome (PPS), bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and myasthenia gravis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. McCluskey attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. McCluskey has received the following distinctions: Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine 'sTop Docs issues from 2002 and 2010 - 2013; Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2008, 2010, 2012-14; and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Cervical ... (Read more)

Dr. Soo Kim Abboud, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. Soo Abboud, who practices in Philadelphia, PA and Radnor, PA, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Abboud include neck reconstructive surgery, ear pain, and thyroid cancer. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. Dr. Abboud has received the distinction of Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine 's Top Docs issues, 2012, 2013 and 2015 - 2017. In addition to English, she speaks Korean.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Neck Reconstructive Surgery, Ear Pain, Facial Pain, Nosebleeds, Deviated Septum, Dizziness, ... (Read more)

Dr. Neil R Malhotra, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Penn Medicine Valley Forge; 1001 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Berwyn, PA
 

Dr. Neil Malhotra specializes in neurosurgery and practices in Philadelphia, PA and Berwyn, PA. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. Clinical interests for Dr. Malhotra include spine microsurgery, disc surgery, and spinal cancer. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Malhotra takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Brain Cancer, Spinal Instrumentation, Bone Problems, Lower Back Problems, Spinal Cancer, ... (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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