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We found 32 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near North Haven, CT.

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Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
6 Devine Street; Suite 2b
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Cristina Brunet, who practices in Madison, CT, Old Saybrook, CT, and North Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Before completing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Brunet attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brunet include lupus, lyme disease, and giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Brunet honors. Dr. Brunet is affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology, Adult Rheumatology
6 Devine Street; Suite 2b
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Lenore Buckley works as a pediatric rheumatologist and adult rheumatologist in New Haven, CT, West Haven, CT, and North Haven, CT. Clinical interests for Dr. Buckley include osteoporosis and lupus. Dr. Buckley is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Buckley accepts. She attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school and subsequently trained at North Carolina Memorial Hospital for residency. She is affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, Lupus

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6 Devine Street, Suite 2b; North Haven Medical Center
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Linda Bockenstedt is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT. She has indicated that her clinical interests include systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She is affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Bockenstedt attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. She honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bockenstedt's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6 Devine Street; North Haven Medical Center Suite 2b
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Janine Evans sees patients in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Her professional affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Evans's office for an appointment. Dr. Evans is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. She trained at Temple University Hospital for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fever, Scleroderma, Gout, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6 Devine Street; Suite 2b
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Fotios Koumpouras works as an adult rheumatologist in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT. He is especially interested in lupus. Dr. Koumpouras is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6 Devine Street; Suite 2b
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Richard Bucala's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Bucala studied medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Bucala's training includes a residency program at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bucala accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Joint Problems

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Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
2 Broadway
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Adam Mednick specializes in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mednick is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. He is not accepting new patients at this time. Before completing his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Mednick attended medical school at New York Medical College.

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

All Interests: Electromyography, Dizziness, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Dystonia, Parkinson's Disease, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9 Washington Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Richard Bernstein is a hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. The average patient rating for Dr. Bernstein is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bernstein accepts. His professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Bernstein welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Wrist Fracture, Elbow Fracture, Hand Fracture, Tendonitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Congenital Hand ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
55 Lock Street
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Deborah Proctor works as an adult gastroenterologist in New Haven, CT. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Proctor's practice is open to new patients. Before performing her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Proctor attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Weight Loss, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Dermatology
2880 Old Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Nadia Sherline is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). On average, patients gave her a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, Anthem, and more. Dr. Sherline obtained her medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Boston Medical Center. She is conversant in Russian. Dr. Sherline is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Cysts, Biopsy, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Acne, Nail Issues, Mole ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 360
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Philip Ginsburg's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. After attending Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school, Dr. Ginsburg completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
2416 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Ellen Milstone is a pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology specialist in Hamden, CT and New Haven, CT. She is rated highly by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Milstone include nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. Dr. Milstone is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. Dr. Milstone is accepting new patients. She attended Yale School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Moles, Psoriasis, Vitiligo, Cysts, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Acne, Nail Issues, Hyperhidrosis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurology
6 Devine Street
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. James McVeety works as a neurologist in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT. He attended the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Winthrop University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami for residency. Dr. McVeety is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. McVeety speaks Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Electromyography, Sports Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Dystonia, Herniated Disc, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Transplant Hepatology
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 185
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Cary Caldwell's areas of specialization are adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine); he sees patients in New Haven, CT, Hamden, CT, and Guilford, CT. Dr. Caldwell is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Caldwell trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Caldwell (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Swahili. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, Hemochromatosis, Cirrhosis, Liver ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
116 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Sandra Escalera's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). She practices in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT. The average patient rating for Dr. Escalera is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Escalera is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Escalera studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for her residency. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease, Liver Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diagnostic Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurology
6 Devine Street; Suite 2b
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. David Pitt is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in North Haven, CT, New Haven, CT, and West Haven, CT. He has a special interest in multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before completing his residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Pitt attended medical school at the University of Marburg Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Pitt speaks German. He is professionally affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology

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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.