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

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Germano Guadagnoli is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Patients gave Dr. Guadagnoli an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He has an open panel. For his residency, Dr. Guadagnoli trained at Bridgeport Hospital. Dr. Guadagnoli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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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 Other, Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstein's specialty is adult rheumatology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Gladstein at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His training includes a residency program at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Gladstein (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Gladstein 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 is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Trumbull, CT and New Haven, CT. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Dumitrescu welcomes new patients. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU), Dr. Dumitrescu attended medical school at International. In addition to English, Dr. Dumitrescu (or staff) speaks Romanian, Spanish, and French.

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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 Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
965 White Plains Road
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Robert Patrignelli is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Patrignelli at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Patrignelli studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Bridgeport Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. He is conversant in Filipino. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Patrignelli is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Frank Detterbeck's areas of specialization are general surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Detterbeck has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at Virginia Mason Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Detterbeck (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: German and French. Dr. Detterbeck is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System and Bristol Hospital. He welcomes 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 Neurology
52 Beach Road; Suite 202
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Yaniv Chen's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Chen trained at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). His areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS) and headache. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chen takes. Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Chen's hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Chen is open to new patients.

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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's medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Fahmi (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Bengali. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Fahmi attended Sir Salimullah Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. Dr. Fahmi's average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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

Dr. Michael King is a specialist in adult allergy & immunology. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for medical school, he completed his residency training at Greenwich Hospital. Dr. King is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. King is accepting 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
267 Grant Street; 4th Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Pietro Andres specializes in adult gastroenterology. He obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Andres takes. He is conversant in Italian. He 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 Adult Gastroenterology
888 White Plains Road; Suite 110
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Scott Weiss' area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Weiss is 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. 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 works as a pediatric neurologist in Stratford, CT, Fairfield, CT, and Shelton, CT. In addition to English, Dr. Kazi (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Tamil. Dr. Kazi is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Before completing his residency at Maine Medical Center, Dr. Kazi attended medical school at B.J. Medical College, Pune. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 is an adult gastroenterologist. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Soloway attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Soloway has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. James Butler is a neurologist in Stratford, CT, Shelton, CT, and New Haven, CT. Dr. Butler's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Free University of Brussels and then he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Hospital of Saint Raphael. He is conversant in French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Butler has an open panel.

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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 Pediatric Hematology
2600 Main Street; Suite 215
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Andrea Hagani specializes in pediatric hematology and practices in Bridgeport, CT, Shelton, CT, and New Haven, CT. Dr. Hagani is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hagani honors. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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

Dr. Barton Belkin's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Belkin has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts MultiPlan, Anthem, Health Net, and more. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Belkin's medical residency was performed at Bridgeport Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
267 Grant Street
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Andrew Bedford's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Bedford takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Bedford has an open panel.

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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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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.