We found 20 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare near Hartford, CT.

Dr. Kristin Marie Murphy, DO
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT
 

Dr. Kristin Logee works as an adult rheumatologist. Her clinical interests include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Logee is in-network for Medicare insurance. She studied medicine at UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine. She is affiliated with UConn Health. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Problems, Injections, Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ultrasound, Scleroderma, Systemic ... (Read more)

Dr. Christine Tamas McCrary, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
100 Retreat Avenue; Suite 501
Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Christine McCrary is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. She graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. Her areas of clinical interest consist of osteoporosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Patient reviews placed Dr. McCrary at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. McCrary honors Medicare insurance. She is affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Jonathan Allan Dixon, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
85 Seymour Street; Suite 601
Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Jonathan Dixon specializes in adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave Dr. Dixon a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass osteoporosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is an in-network provider for Cigna, Medicare, and United Healthcare insurance. He attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dixon is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

Dr. Helena Cristina Nolasco, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
100 Retreat Avenue; Suite 501
Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Helena Nolasco works as a rheumatologist. Dr. Nolasco (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. Her areas of expertise include the following: lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. She is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital. She attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Nolasco's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She honors Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Santhanam Lakshminarayanan, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
800 Connecticut Boulevard; 1st Floor
East Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Santhanam Lakshminarayanan practices adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lakshminarayanan include gout, scleroderma, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Lakshminarayanan is affiliated with UConn Health and VA Connecticut Healthcare System. He accepts Medicare insurance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Lakshminarayanan attended medical school at Armed Forces Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Scleroderma, Rheumatic Diseases, Gout, Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Dr. Christopher John Scola, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
195 Eastern Boulevard; #201
Glastonbury, CT
 

Dr. Christopher Scola's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Scola is especially interested in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with Hartford Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Scola is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Ralph Peter Stocker, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
195 Eastern Boulevard; #201
Glastonbury, CT
 

Dr. Ralph Stocker is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. In his practice, Dr. Stocker focuses on lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Stocker is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Stocker is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus

Dr. Jonathan Laurence Israel, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
85 Seymour Street; Suite 1000
Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Jonathan Israel practices adult gastroenterology in Putnam, CT, Hartford, CT, and Granby, CT. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Israel include hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), hepatitis, and autoimmune disorders. He is affiliated with Hartford Hospital and Day Kimball Healthcare. Dr. Israel obtained his medical school training at Albany Medical College and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Israel's distinctions include: John C. Leonard Fellowship, American Liver Foundation Postdoctoral Research Award and the University Research Foundation Award.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Hepatitis, Hemochromatosis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Colin Thomas Swales, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
85 Seymour Street; Suite 1000
Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Colin Swales specializes in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. Dr. Swales is affiliated with Hartford Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Hepatitis, Liver Tumor, Hemochromatosis, Liver Transplant, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Enteroscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Tanya Rochelle Bilchik, MD
Specializes in Neurology
144 Main Street; Suite D
East Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Tanya Bilchik practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Bilchik include headache. She is affiliated with Hartford Hospital. Dr. Bilchik is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Bilchik is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Migraine, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Lauren Avrum Daman, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
85 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Lauren Daman specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). On average, patients gave Dr. Daman a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Daman honors. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Cosmetic Surgery, Juvederm, Acne, Restylane, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Bennett Nathanson, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
61 S Main Street; Suite 309
West Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Robert Nathanson is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). His areas of expertise include psoriasis and melanoma. Patients gave Dr. Nathanson an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna. He is a graduate of Albany Medical College. In addition to English, Dr. Nathanson speaks Hungarian. He is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Skin Issues, Skin Surgery, Melanoma

Dr. Michael Mayer Krinsky, MD
Specializes in Neurology
580 Cottage Grove Road; Suite 106
Bloomfield, CT
 

Dr. Michael Krinsky is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Eastern Connecticut Health Network and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Krinsky attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His residency was performed at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Krinsky takes Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Botox Injection, Multiple Sclerosis, Movement Disorders, Stroke

Dr. Robert Harry Blitzer, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
80 Seymour Street; Po Box 5037
Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Avrum Blitzer is an adult gastroenterologist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Blitzer attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Blitzer is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Acid Reflux

Dr. Michael Mark Einstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology
85 Seymour Street; Suite 1000
Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Michael Einstein is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. Dr. Einstein graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Clinical interests for Dr. Einstein include hepatitis and liver cancer. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Einstein's professional affiliations include Windham Hospital and Hartford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Hepatitis, Liver Tumor, Hemochromatosis, Liver Transplant, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Enteroscopy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul Alan Shapiro, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6 Northwestern Drive; Suite 302
Bloomfield, CT
 

Dr. Paul Shapiro's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. On average, patients gave Dr. Shapiro a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna. Dr. Shapiro is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux

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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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