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We found 23 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Oxford Health Plans near Bridgeport, CT.

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

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstein is a specialist in adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Gladstein is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gladstein accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Albany Medical Center, Dr. Gladstein attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Gladstein (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Gladstein is 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. Germano Guadagnoli is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. For his professional training, Dr. Guadagnoli completed a residency program at Bridgeport Hospital. Dr. Guadagnoli (or staff) speaks Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He 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. Mirela Dumitrescu is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Dumitrescu attended medical school at International. She trained at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU) for residency. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Dumitrescu (or staff) speaks the following languages: Romanian, Spanish, and French. Dr. Dumitrescu is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes 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 general surgery and thoracic surgery specialist. Patients rated Dr. Detterbeck highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at Virginia Mason Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Detterbeck (or staff) speaks 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, Thymectomy, Hiatal Hernia, Sarcoma, Esophagectomy, Myasthenia ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
965 White Plains Road
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Robert Patrignelli is a specialist in pediatric dermatology. He works in Trumbull, CT and New Haven, CT. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patrignelli honors. His 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. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Patrignelli's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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

Dr. Yaniv Chen works as a neurologist. He is especially interested in multiple sclerosis (MS) and headache. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Chen performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Spanish. He is affiliated with 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

Dr. Andrea Beiser Hagani, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology
2600 Main Street; Suite 215
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Andrea Hagani works as a pediatric hematologist in Bridgeport, CT, Shelton, CT, and New Haven, CT. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Hagani accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Hagani attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school.

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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
4699 Main Street; Suite 102
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Nasiha Fahmi's specialty is general internal medicine. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dr. Fahmi performed her residency 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. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fahmi's 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)

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

Dr. James Butler's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Butler accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Free University of Brussels for medical school and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Hospital of Saint Raphael for residency. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Butler's professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He 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 Adult Allergy & Immunology
36 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Michael King specializes in adult allergy & immunology. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After completing medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Dr. King performed his residency at Greenwich Hospital. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. King's 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)

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

Dr. Pietro Andres works as a gastroenterologist in Stratford, CT, Bridgeport, CT, and New Haven, CT. In addition to English, Dr. Andres speaks Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. 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 honors. Dr. Andres is accepting 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 Pediatric Neurology
52 Beach Road; Suite 202
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Azimuddin Kazi is a pediatric neurology specialist. Dr. Kazi (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Tamil. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He attended B.J. Medical College, Pune and then went on to complete his residency at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Kazi is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting 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 Neurophysiology, Neurology
2590 Main Street
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. Jianhui Zhang is a specialist in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Guardian, and Anthem. She trained at Albany Medical Center for residency. Dr. Zhang is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Zhang's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Alan Nelson is a medical specialist in gastroenterology (digestive system). He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Nelson speaks Spanish. He is 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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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
2060 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Barton Belkin specializes in general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Belkin is an in-network provider for MultiPlan, Anthem, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Bridgeport Hospital, Dr. Belkin attended medical school at Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Belkin is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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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
888 White Plains Road; Suite 110
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Scott Weiss specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Trumbull, CT and New Haven, CT. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Weiss is open to new patients. He attended Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Jacobi Medical Center.

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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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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.