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

Dr. Lenore Buckley works as a pediatric rheumatologist and rheumatologist in New Haven, CT, West Haven, CT, and North Haven, CT. After completing medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Buckley performed her residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. She has a special interest in osteoporosis and lupus. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Buckley's hospital/clinic 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 Other, Adult Rheumatology
6 Devine Street; Suite 2b
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Cristina Brunet's specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brunet include lupus, lyme disease, and giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Brunet attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Linda Bockenstedt's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Bockenstedt is professionally affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. She is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. She 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 is an adult rheumatologist. She takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Evans attended Temple University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Temple University Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes 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 sees patients in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is especially interested in lupus. Dr. Koumpouras 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. Dr. Koumpouras studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine.

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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, who practices in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Bucala has a special interest in rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and then he performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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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's areas of specialization are neurophysiology and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease); he sees patients in North Haven, CT and New Haven, CT. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Mednick is a graduate of New York Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Mednick trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Mednick is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He has a closed panel.

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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 specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. 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. Dr. Bernstein's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. 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 practices adult gastroenterology in New Haven, CT. Dr. Proctor is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Proctor is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She has an open panel.

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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 dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. Dr. Sherline has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, Anthem, and more. She graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Sherline trained at Boston Medical Center. She is conversant in Russian. Dr. Sherline is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Cyst, 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 sees patients in Hamden, CT, New Haven, CT, and Guilford, CT. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Ginsburg honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago. Dr. Ginsburg is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He 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 practices pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology in Hamden, CT and New Haven, CT. Dr. Milstone's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She accepts Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Milstone's practice is open to new patients. After attending Yale School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Moles, Psoriasis, Vitiligo, Cyst, Skin Cancer, Acne, Nail Issues, Hyperhidrosis, Skin Biopsy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Cary Caldwell works as a gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Caldwell has an open panel. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. 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 works as a neurologist in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT. Patient ratings for Dr. McVeety average 2.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. McVeety's education and training includes medical school at the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine and residency at Winthrop University Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. He speaks Italian. Dr. McVeety is affiliated with 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), myasthenia gravis

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

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

Dr. Sandra Escalera specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Escalera graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Escalera is open to 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)

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Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
3018 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Deborah Desir's area of specialization is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). Before performing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Desir attended Yale School of Medicine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Desir welcomes new patients.

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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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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.