We found 31 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near North Haven, CT.

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

Dr. Lenore Buckley's areas of specialization are pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology; she sees patients in New Haven, CT, West Haven, CT, and North Haven, CT. In her practice, Dr. Buckley focuses on osteoporosis and lupus. Dr. Buckley has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Buckley's education and training includes medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. Her professional affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, Lupus

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

Dr. Cristina Brunet works as an adult rheumatologist in Madison, CT, Old Saybrook, CT, and North Haven, CT. Dr. Brunet is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Brunet include lupus, lyme disease, and giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). She accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Brunet's education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Her professional affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Linda Bockenstedt practices adult rheumatology in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bockenstedt include systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Bockenstedt is affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. Before performing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Bockenstedt attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Bockenstedt is open to new patients.

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

All Interests: Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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

Dr. Janine Evans is an adult rheumatology specialist. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Evans trained at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Evans is professionally affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. She is accepting new patients.

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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)

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

Dr. Fotios Koumpouras sees patients in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Koumpouras include lupus. The average patient rating for Dr. Koumpouras is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Koumpouras honors. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Koumpouras is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus

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

Dr. Richard Bucala specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT. He has a special interest in rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Bucala accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Joint Problems

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 takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Proctor is open to new patients. She attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Richard Bernstein practices hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Bernstein is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Dr. Bernstein's hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to 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)

Specializes in Dermatology
2880 Old Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Nadia Sherline is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist in Hamden, CT and New Haven, CT. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sherline include dysport injection, microdermabrasion, and juvederm. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sherline honors. She graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Sherline trained at Boston Medical Center for her residency. She is conversant in Russian. Dr. Sherline is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Botox Injection, Cysts, Dysport Injection, Juvederm, Laser Hair ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Philip Ginsburg specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Hamden, CT, New Haven, CT, and Guilford, CT. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Ginsburg studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Ginsburg is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
3018 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Deborah Desir's area of specialization is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Desir attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Desir's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Neck Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fever, Bone Density ... (Read more)

Specializes in Physiatry, Other
3018 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Vivian Shih is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). In her practice, she is particularly interested in rehabilitation. Dr. Shih is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Shih has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Electromyography, Tendonitis, Neck Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, Chronic Fatigue ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
6 Devine Street
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. James McVeety works as a neurologist. He has received a 2.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After attending the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. McVeety completed his residency training at Winthrop University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. In addition to English, he speaks Italian. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. McVeety's office for an appointment.

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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)

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

Dr. Sandra Escalera's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Escalera honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Escalera speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. David Pitt's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of clinical interest consist of multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. Dr. Pitt is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Marburg Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Pitt's medical residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center. He is conversant in German. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology

Specializes in Dermatology
111 Circular Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Mark Goldstein specializes in dermatology (skin disorders) and practices in New Haven, CT, Hamden, CT, and East Lyme, CT. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Goldstein graduated from New York Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Goldstein welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Skin Cancer, Acne, Rashes

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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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