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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
average rating 4.12 stars (31 ratings)
310 Exton Commons
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Thomas Whalen is an adult rheumatology specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: joint pain, fibromyalgia, and bursitis. He is affiliated with Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Whalen attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Bryn Mawr Hospital for residency. Dr. Whalen's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Whalen honors. His distinctions 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
average rating 4.5 stars (4 ratings)
491 John Young Way; Baxter Building Two, Suite 210
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Jennifer Kwan-Morley's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Kwan-Morley is conversant in Chinese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kwan-Morley include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and bursitis. She is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. Dr. Kwan-Morley graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Kwan-Morley honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. She is accepting 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. David S. Zelouf M.D.
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 3.29 stars (12 ratings)
500 Evergreen Drive; Suite 10
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. David Zelouf practices hand surgery, physical therapy, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Dr. Zelouf performed his residency at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. These areas are among his clinical interests: elbow pain, facet injection, and osteomyelitis. Patient ratings for Dr. Zelouf average 3.5 stars out of 5. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zelouf honors. Dr. Zelouf has received professional recognition including the following: Main Line Today Top Doc Award. He is professionally affiliated with Methodist Hospital (Philadelphia, PA), Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Lankenau Medical Center. Dr. Zelouf is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Elbow Pain, Sports Health, Dupuytren's Contracture, Proximal Row Carpectomy, Bursitis, Rheumatoid ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric B. Smith MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 4.33 stars (6 ratings)
600 Evergreen Drive; 2nd Floor
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Eric Smith is an orthopedic surgeon in Media, PA, Philadelphia, PA, and Limerick, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include torticollis, lower back strain, and paget's disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Smith is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He has received the following distinction: Philadelphia Super Doctors. Dr. Smith's professional affiliations include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Rothman Institute. Dr. Smith 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 D. Becker DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
average rating 5 stars (3 ratings)
1246 W Chester Pike; Suite 303
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Joseph Becker works as a pediatrician in West Chester, PA and Broomall, PA. His areas of expertise include the following: acne, edema (swelling from fluid retention), and psoriasis. He is professionally affiliated with Virtua Physician Partners, Chester County Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Becker attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Becker completed residency programs at Jefferson University Hospitals and a hospital affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Tinnitus, Tuberculosis, Atopic Dermatitis, Edema, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
500 Evergreen Drive; Suite 23
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Pasquale Brancazio is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Chester, PA, Glen Mills, PA, and Upland, PA. Dr. Brancazio's areas of expertise include nerve conduction studies (NCS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and lumbar puncture. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Brancazio attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: "Top Doctors" in Neurology, Main Line Today. He is professionally affiliated with Crozer-Keystone Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy, Nerve ... (Read more)

Keith J. Laskin M.D.
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
average rating 3.8 stars (27 ratings)
495 Thomas Jones Way; Suite 200
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Keith Laskin is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Malvern, PA and Exton, PA. Patient ratings for Dr. Laskin average 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Laskin include barrett's esophagus, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Before performing his residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Laskin attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Main Line Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Colon Polyps, Ulcerative Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid ... (Read more)

Dr. Fred Martin Weinblatt MD
Specializes in Neurology
average rating 3.05 stars (8 ratings)
440 East Marshall Street
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Fred Weinblatt works as a neurologist. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Weinblatt's clinical interests: back pain, peripheral neuropathy, and multiple sclerosis (MS). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Chester County Hospital. Dr. Weinblatt is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Weinblatt 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 M.D.
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
500 Evergreen Drive; Suite 10
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Meredith Osterman is a physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Her clinical interests include elbow pain, sports health, and hand fracture. She honors Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Osterman attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Dr. Osterman is affiliated with Methodist Hospital (Philadelphia, PA), 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)

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

Dr. Sindhu Srinivas' medical specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Clinical interests for Dr. Srinivas include high risk pregnancy, thyroid problems, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Dr. Srinivas is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Her residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She speaks Kannada. Dr. Srinivas's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. She 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 MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 4.09 stars (10 ratings)
915 Old Fern Hill Road; Suite 1, Building A
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Cheston Simmons' area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Simmons's clinical interests include bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, minimally invasive knee replacement, and ankle fracture. He is affiliated with Chester County Hospital. Before completing his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Simmons attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Simmons include: Philadelphia Super Doctors and Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

James M. Schuster MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
average rating 2 stars (1 rating)
210 Willowbrook Lane
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. James Schuster is a neurosurgery specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: pain, spine microsurgery, and metastatic cancer. Dr. Schuster's professional affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schuster is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He has received the distinction of Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012.

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Relevant Interests: , ankylosing spondylitis

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

Philip A. Adelman MD
Specializes in Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Neurology
average rating 3.37 stars (4 ratings)
153 Exton Square Parkway
Exton, PA
 

Dr. Philip Adelman's specialties are electrodiagnostic medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Adelman has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include ischemic stroke, epilepsy, and electromyography (EMG). He honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. He attended Rush Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Adelman is affiliated with Main Line Health and Phoenixville Hospital. 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, Parkinson's Disease, Encephalitis, Dementia, Cerebral Palsy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jamie Bastek is a maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) specialist in Philadelphia, PA and West Chester, PA. These areas are among Dr. Bastek's clinical interests: amniocentesis, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and high risk pregnancy. Her professional affiliations include Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Chester County Hospital. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She trained at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for residency. Dr. Bastek speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Prenatal Ultrasound, Pre-Eclampsia, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Celeste P. Durnwald MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
average rating 4.87 stars (2 ratings)
600 East Marshall Street; Suite 203
West Chester, PA
 

Dr. Celeste Durnwald's area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). She studied medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Her medical residency was performed at Summa Health System. Dr. Durnwald's areas of expertise include high risk pregnancy, thyroid problems, and diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Durnwald honors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Durnwald's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, lupus

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

Dr. Melissa Ann Kennedy M.D.
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
819 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
 

Dr. Melissa Kennedy's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Kennedy attended Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kennedy honors. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Kennedy has received include Pediatric GI/Nutrition T32 Trainee and Dean's list, Cornell University.

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

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