We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Humana Platinum HMO near Philadelphia, PA.

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Dr. Robert M Strauss, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
51 N 39th Street; 218 Wright Saunders Building
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Robert Strauss' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Strauss include anemia, colon cancer, and celiac disease. Patient reviews placed Dr. Strauss at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Dr. Strauss graduated from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He has received the distinction of Atlanta Super Doctors. Dr. Strauss (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. Dr. Strauss is professionally affiliated with 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. Sunil Singhal, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
3400 Spruce Street; 6th Floor, Silverstein Pvln.
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Sunil Singhal's specialty is thoracic surgery. Dr. Singhal attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: esophageal cancer, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and cancer surgery. He honors Highmark, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Lung Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Malignant Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, Non-Small ... (Read more)

Dr. Christopher T Plastaras, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
1800 Lombard Street; 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Christopher Plastaras is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) specialist in Philadelphia, PA. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Dr. Plastaras's clinical interests include leg pain, spinal decompression, and nerve block. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Plastaras honors. Dr. Plastaras has received the following distinction: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012. He is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Elbow Pain, Ankle Sprain, Sports Health, Auto Injuries, Hip Pain, Radiculopathy, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

Dr. Steve R Williams, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
25 South 9th Street; 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Steve Williams, who practices in Philadelphia, PA, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He attended Eastern Virginia Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Williams's areas of clinical interest consist of spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis (MS), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors. Dr. Williams is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Head Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Concussion, Spinal Cord Injuries

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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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