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We found 13 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare near Braintree, MA.

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

Dr. Stephen Tang is a physician who specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). His areas of expertise consist of psoriasis and laser treatment. Patient ratings for Dr. Tang average 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Aetna, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. After completing medical school at Harvard Medical School, he performed his residency at Mount Auburn Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Boston Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: HCHP Copley Center Community Service Award; HCHP Medical Specialties Diamond Awards (93-95); and Harvard Community Health Plan Med Staff Peer Recognition Award. Dr. Tang is affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Laser Treatment

Dr. Kenneth Mark Reed, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
500 Congress Street; Suite B1
Quincy, MA
 

Dr. Kenneth Reed's area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Reed's areas of expertise include phototherapy (light therapy), psoriasis, and laser treatment. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Prudential (PruCare), Cigna, and more. Dr. Reed's education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He has received the following distinctions: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and Physicians Recognition Award. Dr. Reed (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Russian. His professional affiliations include Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton and South Shore Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Phototherapy

Dr. Susan D Decoste, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
90 Libbey Industrial Parkway; Suite 200
Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. Susan Decoste is a physician who specializes in surgical dermatology. She attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Decoste's areas of expertise include the following: phototherapy (light therapy), contact dermatitis, and rosacea. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Decoste takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. She has received distinctions including Scholar In Medicine, Univ Of Ct School Of Medicine and 1984-86. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include South Shore Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Decoste is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Body Contouring, Psoriasis, Botox Injection, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Sclerotherapy, Contact ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
340 Wood Road
Braintree, MA
 

Dr. Aeri Moon's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. In addition to English, she speaks Korean. Dr. Moon's areas of clinical interest consist of celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and eosinophilic esophagitis. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She attended The Catholic University of Korea, School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University for residency. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Moon's practice is open to new patients.

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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 specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Boston, MA, Norwood, MA, and Weymouth, MA. Dr. Pleskow's average patient rating is 0.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Pleskow's practice, Dr. Pleskow is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. Dr. Pleskow is affiliated with Norwood Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Pleskow is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pleskow's office for an appointment. After attending SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school, 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. Michael Keith Lichtman, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Dermatology
500 Congress Street
Quincy, MA
 

Dr. Michael Lichtman works as a general practitioner and dermatologist in Boston, MA and Quincy, MA. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Atrius Health. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Medicare insurance. Dr. Lichtman has a closed panel. Dr. Lichtman graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Skin Issues, Wounds, Autoimmune Disorders

Dr. Glenn Allan Dobecki, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
571 Main Street
South Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. Glenn Dobecki is a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist. His areas of expertise include the following: nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Dobecki is in-network for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. Dr. Dobecki is professionally affiliated with South Shore Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
541 Main Street; Suite 320
South Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. George Kroumpouzos, who practices in Weymouth, MA and Norwell, MA, is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. In addition to English, Dr. Kroumpouzos (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and Greek. These areas are among his clinical interests: academic dermatology, nail issues, and phototherapy (light therapy). His professional affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital and South Shore Hospital. Dr. Kroumpouzos is a graduate of the University of Athens Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Boston Medical Center for his residency. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Kroumpouzos honors Cigna, Aetna, Medicaid, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology, Brown Medical School; The Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award, Brown Medical School; and Teacher of The Year Award, Brown Medical School. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Mindy S Lo, MD, PhD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
541 Main Street; The Stetson Building
Weymouth, MA
 

Dr. Mindy Lo is a pediatric rheumatology specialist. She is especially interested in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at Children's Hospital Boston, Dr. Lo attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Lo welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
340 Wood Road
Braintree, MA
 

Dr. Sarah Kadzielski is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Clinical interests for Dr. Kadzielski include celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and medical education. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. She trained at Tufts Medical Center for residency. Dr. Kadzielski has received the following distinction: Chief Resident, Pediatrics. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kadzielski is open to 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. Elahna Paul, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
340 Wood Road
Braintree, MA
 

Dr. Elahna Paul is a pediatric nephrologist in Boston, MA, Braintree, MA, and Concord, MA. She has indicated that her clinical interests include kidney stones, lupus nephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Paul takes. She is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and a graduate of Yale-New Haven Hospital's residency program. She speaks Hebrew. Dr. Paul is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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

Dr. Zachary Bohart's specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Tufts Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He has indicated that his clinical interests include spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis (MS), and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Bohart honors Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Bohart's professional affiliations include 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. Christina Lam, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
500 Congress Street
Quincy, MA
 

Dr. Christina Lam's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). She has indicated that her clinical interests include academic dermatology and skin issues. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Lam graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Lam completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Montreal. In addition to English, Dr. Lam (or staff) speaks French and Cantonese. She is affiliated with 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, Academic Dermatology, Skin Issues, 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.