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

Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstein is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Gladstein's residency was performed at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Gladstein (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting 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)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Germano Guadagnoli practices adult rheumatology. His medical residency was performed at Bridgeport Hospital. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Guadagnoli accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Guadagnoli (or staff) is conversant in 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)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Mirela Dumitrescu sees patients in Trumbull, CT. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Dumitrescu is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of International. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Dumitrescu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Romanian, Spanish, and French. Dr. Dumitrescu is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She 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 is a physician who specializes in general surgery and thoracic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Detterbeck average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System and Bristol Hospital. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Detterbeck is accepting new patients. Before performing his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Dr. Detterbeck attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Michigan Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Detterbeck (or staff) speaks German and French.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

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

Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
2590 Main Street
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. Jianhui Zhang, who practices in Middlebury, CT and Stratford, CT, is a medical specialist in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Great-West Healthcare, Guardian, and Anthem are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zhang takes. For her professional training, Dr. Zhang completed a residency program at Albany Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Saint Mary's Hospital (Waterbury, CT) and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Zhang has an open panel.

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

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

Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
965 White Plains Road
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Robert Patrignelli specializes in pediatric dermatology and practices in Trumbull, CT. Patient ratings for Dr. Patrignelli average 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patrignelli honors. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Bridgeport Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. In addition to English, he speaks Filipino. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Patrignelli welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Nasiha Fahmi specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Fahmi is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is a graduate of Sir Salimullah Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Fahmi trained at Hospital of Saint Raphael. In addition to English, Dr. Fahmi (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Bengali. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Fahmi welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. James Butler practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Stratford, CT and Shelton, CT. The average patient rating for Dr. Butler is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. 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. Dr. Butler speaks French. His professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Michael King's medical specialty is adult allergy & immunology. Dr. King speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and residency at Greenwich Hospital. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. King honors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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

Dr. Yaniv Chen is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Stratford, CT, Shelton, CT, and Fairfield, CT. Dr. Chen is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). His clinical interests encompass multiple sclerosis (MS) and headache. Dr. Chen accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chen's office for an appointment.

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

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

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

Dr. Pietro Andres practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Andres is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Italian. Dr. Andres is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Scott Weiss is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Weiss is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Weiss trained at Jacobi Medical Center for his residency. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Specializes in Neurology
2590 Main Street
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. Philip Barasch is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Barasch average 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. Dr. Barasch (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Tamil. His professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Barasch has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Dystonia, Herniated Disc, Parkinson's Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Alan Nelson practices gastroenterology (digestive system). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Nelson honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Nelson attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
2060 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Barton Belkin sees patients in Fairfield, CT. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Belkin is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is in-network for MultiPlan, Anthem, Health Net, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Belkin graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Bridgeport Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Hepatitis, Headache, Osteoporosis, Bronchitis, Incontinence, Electrolyte ... (Read more)

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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Soloway attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Soloway is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Soloway 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, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Pancreatic Cancer, ... (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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