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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 a rheumatologist. Her areas of expertise consist of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Logee is affiliated with UConn Health. She studied medicine at UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Logee honors Medicare insurance. 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, who practices in Hartford, CT, Wethersfield, CT, and Farmington, CT, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. These areas are among her clinical interests: osteoporosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. She has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. McCrary is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. She studied medicine at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus

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

Dr. Helena Nolasco practices adult rheumatology in Hartford, CT, Wethersfield, CT, and Farmington, CT. Dr. Nolasco's areas of clinical interest consist of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She takes Medicare insurance. She is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Nolasco (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Nolasco is affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus

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

Dr. Jonathan Dixon practices adult rheumatology in Hartford, CT and Manchester, CT. His clinical interests encompass osteoporosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital. Dr. Dixon studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dixon is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Cigna, Medicare, and United Healthcare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Lupus, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

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

Dr. Santhanam Lakshminarayanan's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. In his practice, Dr. Lakshminarayanan focuses on gout, scleroderma, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). His professional affiliations include UConn Health and VA Connecticut Healthcare System. He attended medical school at Armed Forces Medical College. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Lakshminarayanan is open to 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 John Scola, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
195 Eastern Boulevard; #201
Glastonbury, CT
 

Dr. Christopher Scola is an adult rheumatology specialist. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Scola's clinical interests encompass lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital. Dr. Scola is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

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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 attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He has a special interest in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Stocker has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus

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

Dr. Colin Swales' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology and adult transplant hepatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Swales include hepatitis, gastrointestinal cancer, and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). Dr. Swales is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Swales is affiliated with Hartford Hospital and Day Kimball Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Hepatitis, Liver Tumor, Hemochromatosis, Liver Transplant, Liver Disease, Gastrointestinal Cancer, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Jonathan Israel sees patients in Hartford, CT, Granby, CT, and West Hartford, CT. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Israel takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Albany Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has received the following distinctions: John C. Leonard Fellowship, American Liver Foundation Postdoctoral Research Award and the University Research Foundation Award. He is affiliated with Hartford Hospital and Day Kimball Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Hepatitis, Hemochromatosis, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Autoimmune Disorders, Colorectal Cancer ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Avrum Blitzer is an adult gastroenterologist in Hartford, CT and Farmington, CT. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Blitzer include colorectal cancer screening and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Blitzer is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital and Day Kimball Healthcare. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Blitzer is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Paul Alan Shapiro, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
85 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Paul Shapiro practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shapiro has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His professional affiliations include Hartford Hospital and Day Kimball Healthcare. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna. Dr. Shapiro is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and a graduate of Hospital of Saint Raphael's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Tanya Bilchik is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bilchik include headache. Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bilchik takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna. She is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Dr. Bilchik 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 dermatologist in Hartford, CT and Simsbury, CT. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Daman is a graduate of 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: Cancer Screening, Psoriasis, Acne Surgery, Restylane, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Melanoma

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

Dr. Robert Nathanson practices dermatology (skin disorders) in West Hartford, CT. Dr. Nathanson is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and more. He attended medical school at Albany Medical College. 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: Cancer Screening, Psoriasis, 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 specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Krinsky's hospital/clinic affiliations include Eastern Connecticut Health Network and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. He honors Medicare insurance. He graduated from 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. Alexander P Miano, MD
Specializes in Psychiatry, Neurology
701 Cottage Grove Road; Suite B230
Bloomfield, CT
 

Dr. Alexander Miano, who practices in Bloomfield, CT and New London, CT, is a medical specialist in psychiatry and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is affiliated with Lawrence + Memorial Hospital. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Miano is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease, Heart Attack, Ulcerative Colitis, Brain Injury

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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.