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's specialty is adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include the following: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Logee is professionally affiliated with UConn Health. She graduated from UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Logee honors Medicare insurance. She welcomes new patients.

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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 specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in Hartford, CT, Wethersfield, CT, and Farmington, CT. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. McCrary include osteoporosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. McCrary takes Medicare insurance. She attended medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. 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. He is especially interested in osteoporosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Dixon is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital. He graduated from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dixon's average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Cigna, Medicare, and United Healthcare insurance.

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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 is an adult rheumatologist in Hartford, CT, Wethersfield, CT, and Farmington, CT. Dr. Nolasco (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Nolasco's clinical interests encompass lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. She is affiliated with Hartford Hospital. She graduated from Yale School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Nolasco average 2.5 stars out of 5. She takes 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, who practices in Farmington, CT, East Hartford, CT, and West Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include gout, scleroderma, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Lakshminarayanan accepts Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at Armed Forces Medical College. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UConn Health and VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Dr. Lakshminarayanan is accepting new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Christopher Scola's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Scola has a special interest in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with Hartford Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Scola is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Scola accepts 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 medical specialist in adult rheumatology. His areas of clinical interest consist of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital. Dr. Stocker studied medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stocker accepts Medicare insurance.

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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 works as a gastroenterologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Israel average 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Israel include hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), hepatitis, and autoimmune disorders. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Albany Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Israel completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has received professional recognition including the following: John C. Leonard Fellowship, American Liver Foundation Postdoctoral Research Award and the University Research Foundation Award. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hartford Hospital and Day Kimball Healthcare.

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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 sees patients in Hartford, CT and Manchester, CT. His medical specialties are adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. He is affiliated with Hartford Hospital. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Swales 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) in East Hartford, CT. She is especially interested in headache. Patient ratings for Dr. Bilchik average 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

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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 is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Daman studied medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. He is professionally 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's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Nathanson attended medical school at Albany Medical College. These areas are among his clinical interests: psoriasis and melanoma. The average patient rating for Dr. Nathanson is 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nathanson takes. In addition to English, he 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 practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Krinsky's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Eastern Connecticut Health Network and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. For his professional training, Dr. Krinsky completed residency programs at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center.

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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 a specialist in adult gastroenterology. Patients gave Dr. Blitzer an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Hartford Hospital. He is an in-network provider for 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.

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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's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: hepatitis and liver cancer. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Windham Hospital and Hartford Hospital. Dr. Einstein attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Einstein trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin for residency. He takes Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

Dr. Elliot Charles Zweig, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
41 N Main Street; Suite 211
West Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Elliot Zweig is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist in West Hartford, CT. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Zweig include psoriasis and melanoma. He is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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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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