We found 27 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna Silver HMO near West Chester, PA.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
310 Exton Commons
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Thomas Whalen's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Whalen include joint pain, fibromyalgia, and bursitis. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Bryn Mawr Hospital for residency. Dr. Whalen's distinctions include: Top Doctors - Main Line Magazine and Top Doctors - Philadelphia Magazine. He is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Tendonitis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Pain, Fibromyalgia, Facet Injection, Joint ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
491 John Young Way; Baxter Building Two, Suite 210
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Jennifer Kwan-Morley specializes in adult rheumatology. She is conversant in Chinese. Her areas of expertise include the following: osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and bursitis. Dr. Kwan-Morley is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kwan-Morley completed her residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Her average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Kwan-Morley's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Facet Injection, Joint ... (Read more)

Dr. Blane Adam Sessions, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
300 Evergreen Drive; Suite 320
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Blane Sessions is a hand surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. He studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He trained at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans for his residency. These areas are among Dr. Sessions's clinical interests: elbow pain, arthroplasty, and osteomyelitis. His average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Sessions has received distinctions including Co-Chairman, Philadelphia Hand Symposium; "Top Doctor" in Orthopedics, Main Line Today; and American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Chester County Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma

All Interests: Elbow Pain, Sports Health, Dupuytren's Contracture, Bursitis, Wrist Problems, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter Francis Sharkey, MD
Specializes in Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
600 Evergreen Drive; Rothman Institute at Glen Mills
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Peter Sharkey's specialty is adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: lower back strain, torticollis, and paget's disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sharkey takes Coventry, Aetna HSA, Coventry HSA, and more. Dr. Sharkey's education and training includes medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors and Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs. He is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Rothman Institute. Dr. Sharkey welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Elbow Pain, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shoulder Pain, ... (Read more)

Jeffrey S. Fendrick, MD
Specializes in Home Health, General Pediatrics
440 East Marshall Street; 3rd Floor North, Suite 300
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Fendrick specializes in home health and general pediatrics. His areas of expertise include warts, ankle sprain, and athlete's foot. Dr. Fendrick is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His training includes a residency program at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Virtua Memorial Hospital and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, celiac disease, lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Warts, Ankle Sprain, Athlete's Foot, Eczema, Diabetes Management, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Eating ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric Brandon Smith, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
600 Evergreen Drive; 2nd Floor
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Eric Smith's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. His areas of expertise include the following: torticollis, lower back strain, and paget's disease. Dr. Smith's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He has received the distinction of Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Smith's professional affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Rothman Institute. Dr. Smith's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Elbow Pain, ACL Injury, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shoulder Pain, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
154 Exton Square Parkway
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Leonard Geiger specializes in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Paoli, PA and Exton, PA. The average patient rating for Dr. Geiger is 2.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Geiger include brain aneurysm, acoustic neuroma, and lyme disease. Dr. Geiger is affiliated with Main Line Health. Dr. Geiger is an in-network provider for Coventry, Aetna HSA, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He graduated from Albany Medical College and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's Palsy, Parkinson's Disease, Meningitis, Encephalitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Keith J Laskin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
495 Thomas Jones Way; Suite 200
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Keith Laskin is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: barrett's esophagus, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. Dr. Laskin is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Laskin studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Temple University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Esophageal Motility Disorders, Celiac Disease, Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Esophageal ... (Read more)

Dr. Fred Martin Weinblatt, MD
Specializes in Neurology
440 East Marshall Street
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Fred Weinblatt's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include back pain, peripheral neuropathy, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Weinblatt's hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Chester County Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Weinblatt performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. His distinctions include: Recognized by Main Line Today's Top Doctor's 2016 issue and Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Neck Pain, Dementia, Stroke, Epilepsy, Back Pain, Alzheimer's Disease, Headache, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. Meredith N Osterman, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
500 Evergreen Drive; Suite 10
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Meredith Osterman's areas of specialization are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Her clinical interests include elbow pain, sports health, and hand fracture. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, Dr. Osterman completed her residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Elbow Pain, Sports Health, Hand Fracture, Soft Tissue Reconstruction, Dupuytren's Contracture, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sindhu Kikkeri Srinivas, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
600 East Marshall Street; Suite 203
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Sindhu Srinivas' area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Her areas of expertise include high risk pregnancy, thyroid problems, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Srinivas attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She speaks Kannada. She is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Srinivas's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, lupus

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes during Pregnancy, Pre-Eclampsia, Diabetic Nephropathy, Sickle Cell ... (Read more)

Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Hopkins, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Sarah Hopkins works as a pediatric neurologist. Dr. Hopkins obtained her medical school training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and performed her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Cheston Simmons Jr., MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
915 Old Fern Hill Road; Suite 1, Building A
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Cheston Simmons specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Simmons include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, minimally invasive knee replacement, and ankle fracture. The average patient rating for Dr. Simmons is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Simmons graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue. He is professionally affiliated with Chester County Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Prosthetics, Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hip Problems, Bone Spurs, Ankle Fracture, ... (Read more)

Dr. James M Schuster, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
210 Willowbrook Lane
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. James Schuster is a specialist in neurosurgery. He works in Philadelphia, PA and West Chester, PA. After attending Duke University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Schuster's areas of expertise include pain, spine microsurgery, and metastatic cancer. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012. He is affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Head Injury, Brain Cancer, Spinal Instrumentation, Lower Back Problems, Degenerative Disc Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Philip A Adelman, MD
Specializes in Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Neurology
153 Exton Square Parkway
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Philip Adelman is a neurologist and electrodiagnostic medicine specialist in Phoenixville, PA, Exton, PA, and Paoli, PA. Dr. Adelman's areas of expertise include the following: ischemic stroke, epilepsy, and electromyography (EMG). His professional affiliations include Main Line Health and Phoenixville Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at Rush Medical College and residency at Rush University Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Adelman takes. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Bell's Palsy, Parkinson's Disease, Encephalitis, Dementia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jamie A Finger, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
600 East Marshall Street; Suite 203
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Jamie Bastek is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. Her areas of expertise include amniocentesis, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and high risk pregnancy. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bastek honors. Before performing her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Bastek attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Bastek is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Chester County Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Prenatal Ultrasound, Pre-Eclampsia, Labor and Delivery, Vaginal Birth after ... (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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