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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 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. Patient ratings for Dr. Brunet average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Brunet's areas of expertise include lupus, lyme disease, and giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Brunet attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Brunet trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is professionally 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 is a specialist in pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology. She works in New Haven, CT, West Haven, CT, and North Haven, CT. Before completing her residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Dr. Buckley attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. These areas are among Dr. Buckley's clinical interests: osteoporosis and lupus. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Buckley honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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

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

Dr. Linda Bockenstedt's specialty is adult rheumatology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Bockenstedt takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Bockenstedt attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency.

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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' medical specialty is adult rheumatology. She takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Temple University Hospital for residency. Dr. Evans is affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Evans's practice is open to 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)

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

Dr. Fotios Koumpouras specializes in adult rheumatology. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Koumpouras has indicated that his clinical interests include lupus. 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. Koumpouras is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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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 is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Before completing his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Bucala attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. In his practice, Dr. Bucala focuses on rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Bucala is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. 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

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

Dr. Richard Bernstein's medical specialty is hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Bernstein is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bernstein has an open panel. He attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut.

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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 Neurophysiology, Neurology
2 Broadway
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Adam Mednick works as a neurophysiologist and neurologist in North Haven, CT and New Haven, CT. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Mednick has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net. 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)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
55 Lock Street
New Haven, CT
 

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

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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 Adult Gastroenterology
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 360
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Philip Ginsburg's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After completing medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Dr. Ginsburg is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ginsburg's office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Cary Caldwell is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). Dr. Caldwell is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Caldwell attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. Dr. Caldwell (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Swahili.

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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 Neurology
6 Devine Street
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. James McVeety's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He attended medical school at the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine. Dr. McVeety's medical residency was performed at Winthrop University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. He is rated 2.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McVeety honors. Dr. McVeety is conversant in Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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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 Other, Rheumatology
3018 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Deborah Desir is a rheumatologist in Hamden, CT, Branford, CT, and New Haven, CT. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Desir is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She welcomes new patients. She is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and a graduate of Yale-New Haven Hospital's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

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Specializes in Physiatry, Other
3018 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Vivian Shih is a physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. In her practice, she is particularly interested in rehabilitation. Dr. Shih is an in-network provider for Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is accepting 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)

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Specializes in Dermatology
2880 Old Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Nadia Sherline's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). In addition to English, she speaks Russian. Dr. Sherline is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Her education and training includes medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and residency at Boston Medical Center. She is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Sherline accepts Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, Anthem, and more. She is open to 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 Neurology
6 Devine Street; Suite 2b
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. David Pitt's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuroimmunology. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After completing medical school at the University of Marburg Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Pitt performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks German. His professional affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Pitt is accepting new patients.

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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.