We found 24 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept United Healthcare Gold POS near West Chester, PA.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
310 Exton Commons
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Thomas Whalen specializes in adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include the following: joint pain, fibromyalgia, and bursitis. He is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Whalen obtained his medical school training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Patient ratings for Dr. Whalen average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Whalen include: Top Doctors - Main Line Magazine and Top Doctors - Philadelphia Magazine. He has a closed panel.

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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 works as an adult rheumatologist. Her areas of expertise include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and bursitis. Patients gave Dr. Kwan-Morley an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Kwan-Morley graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She is conversant in Chinese. She is affiliated with Main Line Health. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Eric Smith's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Smith's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: torticollis, lower back strain, and paget's disease. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for his residency. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Rothman Institute. He 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)

Dr. Joseph David Becker, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1246 W Chester Pike; Suite 303
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Becker works as a general pediatrician in West Chester, PA and Broomall, PA. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Becker completed his residency training at Jefferson University Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: acne, edema (swelling from fluid retention), and psoriasis. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, United Healthcare POS, and more. Dr. Becker is professionally affiliated with Chester County Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Tinnitus, Tuberculosis, Atopic Dermatitis, Bell's Palsy, Edema, Gastritis, Irritable ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Fred Weinblatt works as a neurologist. His clinical interests include back pain, peripheral neuropathy, and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is professionally affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Chester County Hospital. Dr. Weinblatt graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Weinblatt trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Awards and/or distinctions he has received 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 specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Havertown, PA, King of Prussia, PA, and Philadelphia, PA. Her clinical interests include elbow pain, sports health, and hand fracture. Dr. Osterman's hospital/clinic affiliations include Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone Health System. Before completing her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Osterman attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Osterman accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more.

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

Dr. Sarah Hopkins' area of specialization is pediatric neurology. Dr. Hopkins is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

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

Dr. Keith Laskin's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Laskin include barrett's esophagus, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. Dr. Laskin is affiliated with Main Line Health. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Laskin has an open panel. He attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Laskin trained at Temple University Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Esophageal Manometry, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel ... (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 is a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Srinivas attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and subsequently trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Srinivas include high risk pregnancy, thyroid problems, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. In addition to English, she speaks Kannada. Dr. Srinivas is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Her 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. Cheston Simmons Jr., MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
915 Old Fern Hill Road; Suite 1, Building A
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Cheston Simmons works as an orthopedic surgeon. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, minimally invasive knee replacement, and ankle fracture. Dr. Simmons is professionally affiliated with Chester County Hospital. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Simmons takes. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Simmons's residency was performed at Jefferson University Hospitals. He has received professional recognition including the following: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue.

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

Dr. Jamie Bastek is a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Bastek's areas of expertise include amniocentesis, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and high risk pregnancy. She is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Chester County Hospital. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. Philip Adelman's specialties are electrodiagnostic medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He studied medicine at Rush Medical College. He trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Adelman's clinical interests include ischemic stroke, epilepsy, and electromyography (EMG). Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Adelman honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health and Phoenixville Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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. John J Kraus, MD
Specializes in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
414 Paoli Pike
Malvern, PA
 

Dr. John Kraus works as a pain specialist and spinal cord injury specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Kraus include multiple sclerosis (MS), bursitis, and pain management. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kraus honors. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kraus's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Ear Pain, Lumbar Sympathetic Block, Multiple Sclerosis, Bursitis, Bell's Palsy, Toenail Fungus, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. James Schuster is a neurosurgery specialist in Philadelphia, PA and West Chester, PA. Dr. Schuster is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. His areas of expertise include the following: pain, spine microsurgery, and metastatic cancer. Dr. Schuster honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He 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: , ankylosing spondylitis

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

Dr. Melissa Ann Crawford, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Melissa Kennedy works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Abington, PA, Philadelphia, PA, and King of Prussia, PA. Dr. Kennedy's clinical interests include achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kennedy accepts. She graduated from Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Kennedy has received include Pediatric GI/Nutrition T32 Trainee and Dean's list, Cornell University. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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

All Interests: Achalasia, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Allergies, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey M Friedman, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
414 Paoli Pike
Malvern, PA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Friedman is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Friedman include multiple sclerosis (MS), bursitis, and pain management. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Friedman accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Friedman attended medical school at Albany Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital and Chester County Hospital. Dr. Friedman is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Bursitis, Bell's Palsy, Toenail Fungus, Encephalitis, Strains, Cerebral Palsy, ... (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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