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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
340 Wood Road
Braintree, MA
 

Dr. Aeri Moon practices pediatric gastroenterology in Boston, MA and Braintree, MA. Dr. Moon's clinical interests include celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and eosinophilic esophagitis. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. She welcomes new patients. After attending The Catholic University of Korea, School of Medicine, Dr. Moon completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. She has received the distinction of Castle Connolly. In addition to English, Dr. Moon speaks Korean.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, Constipation, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Randi G Pleskow, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
541 Main Street; The Stetson Building
Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. Randi Pleskow, who practices in Boston, MA, Norwood, MA, and Weymouth, MA, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Pleskow is rated 0.0 stars out of 5 by Dr. Pleskow's patients. Dr. Pleskow's areas of expertise include inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. Dr. Pleskow is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Pleskow takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Pleskow's practice is open to new patients. Dr. Pleskow studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Pleskow completed Dr. Pleskow's residency training at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. Dr. Pleskow has received the following distinction: Board Certification In Pediatric Gastroenterology.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Stephen V Tang, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
111 Grossman Drive
Braintree, MA
 

Dr. Stephen Tang is a dermatologist in Braintree, MA and Wellesley Hills, MA. The average patient rating for Dr. Tang is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: psoriasis and laser treatment. Dr. Tang's hospital/clinic affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Braintree, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Tang is in-network for Aetna, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. He welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at Mount Auburn Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Boston Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Tang has received include HCHP Medical Specialties Diamond Awards; ABCD Community Heroes Honoree South Cove Community Health Center Humanitarian Award; and HCHP Copley Center Community Service Award.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Laser Treatment

Dr. Elahna Paul, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
340 Wood Road
Braintree, MA
 

Dr. Elahna Paul sees patients in Boston, MA, Braintree, MA, and Newton, MA. Her medical specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Dr. Paul attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for her residency. She has indicated that her clinical interests include kidney stones, lupus nephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Paul is conversant in Hebrew. She is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Lupus Nephritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Kidney ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
340 Wood Road
Braintree, MA
 

Dr. Sarah Kadzielski sees patients in Boston, MA, Lexington, MA, and Braintree, MA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kadzielski include celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and medical education. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. She trained at Tufts Medical Center for her residency. Dr. Kadzielski has received the following distinction: Chief Resident, Pediatrics. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Autism Spectrum ... (Read more)

Dr. Zachary W Bohart, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
250 Pond Street
Braintree, MA
 

Dr. Zachary Bohart specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and practices in Cambridge, MA, Boston, MA, and Braintree, MA. His clinical interests encompass spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis (MS), and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Bohart is in-network for Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and more. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Bohart completed residency programs at Tufts Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Shore Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injuries, Spasticity, Stroke

Dr. Michael Keith Lichtman, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
500 Congress Street
Quincy, MA
 

Dr. Michael Lichtman practices dermatology (skin disorders) in Boston, MA and Quincy, MA. His professional affiliations include Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Atrius Health. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Lichtman is accepting new patients. Dr. Lichtman graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Lichtman trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Skin Issues, Wounds, Autoimmune Disorders

Dr. Christina Lam, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
500 Congress Street
Quincy, MA
 

Dr. Christina Lam's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). She takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Lam attended medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Montreal. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Atrius Health. Dr. Lam is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, scleroderma

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Vasculitis

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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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