We found 23 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 specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Gladstein attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Albany Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gladstein (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He 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)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Germano Guadagnoli specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in New Haven, CT and Trumbull, CT. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Guadagnoli accepts. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Guadagnoli's office for an appointment. He trained at Bridgeport Hospital for residency. Dr. Guadagnoli (or staff) speaks 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)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Mirela Dumitrescu is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Dumitrescu honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She obtained her medical school training at International and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Dumitrescu (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Romanian, Spanish, and French. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Her 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's medical specialty is general surgery and thoracic surgery. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. His professional affiliations include Yale New Haven Health System and Bristol Hospital. Dr. Detterbeck is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Dr. Detterbeck (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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 Neurology
52 Beach Road; Suite 202
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Yaniv Chen is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Chen has a special interest in multiple sclerosis (MS) and headache. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Chen's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Chen is accepting new patients.

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

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

Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
2590 Main Street
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. Jianhui Zhang practices neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Zhang trained at Albany Medical Center for residency. She is in-network for Great-West Healthcare, Guardian, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting 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)

Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
965 White Plains Road
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Robert Patrignelli's area of specialization is pediatric dermatology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Patrignelli is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Patrignelli trained at Bridgeport Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. He speaks Filipino. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to 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 Pediatric Neurology
52 Beach Road; Suite 202
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Azimuddin Kazi is a physician who specializes in pediatric neurology. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kazi accepts. After completing medical school at B.J. Medical College, Pune, Dr. Kazi performed his residency at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Kazi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Tamil. He 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: , myasthenia gravis

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

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

Dr. Nasiha Fahmi practices general internal medicine. Dr. Fahmi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Bengali. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She graduated from Sir Salimullah Medical College and then she performed her residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Fahmi accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She 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. Andrea Beiser Hagani, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology
2600 Main Street; Suite 215
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Andrea Hagani is a pediatric hematologist in Bridgeport, CT, Shelton, CT, and New Haven, CT. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Hagani's training includes residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Hagani is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She 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)

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

Dr. James Butler, who practices in Stratford, CT, Shelton, CT, and New Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He graduated from Free University of Brussels and then he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Hospital of Saint Raphael. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Butler is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks French. Dr. Butler's professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He is accepting 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 specializes in adult allergy & immunology. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. King welcomes new patients. Dr. King attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and then went on to complete his residency at Greenwich Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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

Dr. Pietro Andres is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, he speaks Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Andres attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Andres trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Weiss takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Jacobi Medical Center. 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, Rectal Bleeding, Diagnostic Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
2590 Main Street
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. Philip Barasch is a physician who specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Barasch (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Tamil. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He attended SUNY Upstate Medical University and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Barasch is open to new patients.

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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 professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Nelson is an in-network provider for Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nelson's office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Nelson attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. 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)

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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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