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 is a specialist in pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology. She works in New Haven, CT, West Haven, CT, and North Haven, CT. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She has a special interest in osteoporosis and lupus. Dr. Buckley's hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. She takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Buckley is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a graduate of North Carolina Memorial Hospital's residency program.

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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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her areas of expertise include lupus, lyme disease, and giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). Dr. Brunet is affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. She accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Brunet's office for an appointment. Before performing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Brunet attended Yale School of Medicine.

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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 is an adult rheumatologist in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT. Her clinical interests encompass systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She is professionally affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. Before completing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Bockenstedt attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She welcomes 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 in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT. Dr. Evans's professional affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. She is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is accepting new patients. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Evans completed her residency training at Temple University Hospital.

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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 specializes in adult rheumatology. He has a special interest in lupus. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Koumpouras studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bucala include rheumatoid arthritis. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school, Dr. Bucala completed his residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is 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 Neurophysiology, Neurology
2 Broadway
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Adam Mednick is a medical specialist in neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mednick accepts Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, Health Net, and more. He graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is closed to new patients at this time.

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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)

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

Dr. Richard Bernstein specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Dr. Bernstein's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Bernstein is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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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 Adult Gastroenterology
55 Lock Street
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Deborah Proctor is a gastroenterologist. Dr. Proctor honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Proctor's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Specializes in Dermatology
2880 Old Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Nadia Sherline practices dermatology (skin disorders) in Hamden, CT and New Haven, CT. Dr. Sherline graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. She trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. Her areas of expertise include the following: dysport injection, microdermabrasion, and juvederm. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Sherline takes Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Russian. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ginsburg is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Specializes in Physiatry, Other
3018 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Vivian Shih specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and practices in New Haven, CT, Hamden, CT, and Stamford, CT. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Shih include rehabilitation. Dr. Shih is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She attended the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for residency. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net. She is open to new patients.

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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's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He speaks Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Before performing his residency at Winthrop University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami, Dr. McVeety attended the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. McVeety 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)

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 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Escalera attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Escalera is professionally 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 is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in North Haven, CT, New Haven, CT, and West Haven, CT. After attending the University of Marburg Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Pitt completed his residency training at Montefiore Medical Center. His clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. He is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pitt is conversant in German. He is professionally affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. He 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 is a dermatologist. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Goldstein honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of New York Medical College. Dr. Goldstein is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to 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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