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We found 22 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Oxford Health Plans near Bridgeport, CT.

Dr. Geoffrey S Gladstein, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstein's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. He attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Albany Medical Center for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gladstein takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Gladstein (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Gladstein is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Germano Guadagnoli sees patients in New Haven, CT and Trumbull, CT. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Guadagnoli has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His training includes a residency program at Bridgeport Hospital. Dr. Guadagnoli (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Dr. Guadagnoli is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Mirela Dumitrescu, who practices in Trumbull, CT and New Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Dumitrescu studied medicine at International. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Dumitrescu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Romanian, Spanish, and French. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Dumitrescu's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density ... (Read more)

Dr. Frank Christopher Detterbeck, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5520 Park Avenue; Suite 1-200
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Frank Detterbeck works as a general surgeon and chest surgeon in New Haven, CT and Trumbull, CT. Dr. Detterbeck is rated highly by his patients. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Detterbeck honors. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Dr. Detterbeck (or staff) is conversant in German and French. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System and Bristol Hospital. Dr. Detterbeck is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Lung Cancer Surgery, Bronchoscopy, Hiatal Hernia, Sarcoma, Esophagectomy, Myasthenia Gravis, Laser ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
965 White Plains Road
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Robert Patrignelli's specialty is pediatric dermatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Patrignelli is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Patrignelli's education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at Bridgeport Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He speaks Filipino.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Botox Injection, Cysts, Biopsy, Skin Cancer, Scar Revision, Rosacea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pietro Giovanni Andres, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
267 Grant Street; 4th Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Pietro Andres' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Andres completed his residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Andres takes. In addition to English, he speaks Italian. Dr. Andres is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Cirrhosis, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Pancreatic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurology
52 Beach Road; Suite 202
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Yaniv Chen is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In his practice, Dr. Chen focuses on multiple sclerosis (MS) and headache. Dr. Chen is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Chen has an open panel. He attended medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Chen completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Chen (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Autoimmune Disorders, Neurological Disorders

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4699 Main Street; Suite 102
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Nasiha Fahmi practices general internal medicine in Orange, CT, Bridgeport, CT, and New Haven, CT. She is a graduate of Sir Salimullah Medical College and a graduate of Hospital of Saint Raphael's residency program. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fahmi accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fahmi (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Bengali. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Fahmi's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Sports Health, Atrial Fibrillation, Immunization, Bronchitis, Incontinence, Neck Pain, Electrolyte ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Bedford, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Andrew Bedford's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for residency. Dr. Bedford accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Bedford welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Cirrhosis, Pancreatic Cancer, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Hematology
2600 Main Street; Suite 215
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Andrea Hagani's specialty is pediatric hematology. Dr. Hagani takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hagani's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, Hemochromatosis, Autoimmune Disorders, Blood Clots, Sickle ... (Read more)

Dr. James B Butler, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2590 Main Street
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. James Butler's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Butler is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Butler's practice is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Free University of Brussels and performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Hospital of Saint Raphael. He is conversant in French.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Dystonia, Parkinson's Disease, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
36 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Michael King's medical specialty is adult allergy & immunology. He speaks Spanish. Dr. King is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for medical school and subsequently trained at Greenwich Hospital for residency. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Facial Pain, Immunodeficiency, Immunization, Ear Infection, Atopic Dermatitis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
888 White Plains Road; Suite 110
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Scott Weiss specializes in adult gastroenterology. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Weiss is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Jacobi Medical Center, Dr. Weiss attended medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Cirrhosis, Rectal Bleeding, Diagnostic Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
52 Beach Road; Suite 202
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Azimuddin Kazi is a pediatric neurologist. Before completing his residency at Maine Medical Center, Dr. Kazi attended medical school at B.J. Medical College, Pune. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Kazi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Tamil. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kazi's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Botox Injection, Neck Pain, Herniated Disc, Behavior Problems, Lower Back Problems, Migraine, Brain ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
267 Grant Street; 4th Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Gregory Soloway practices adult gastroenterology in Stratford, CT, Southport, CT, and Trumbull, CT. Patient ratings for Dr. Soloway average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Soloway is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Soloway has an open panel. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Soloway attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Pancreatic Cancer, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
4641 Main Street; Suite 1
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Alan Nelson is a gastroenterology (digestive system) specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Nelson average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nelson attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Nelson is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Diagnostic Endoscopy, ... (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.