We found 8 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare near Braintree, MA.

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

Dr. Stephen Tang's medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Before completing his residency at Mount Auburn Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Boston Medical Center, Dr. Tang attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. His clinical interests encompass psoriasis and laser treatment. Dr. Tang has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Aetna, Medicaid, and Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tang takes. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Tang include: HCHP Medical Specialties Diamond Awards; ABCD Community Heroes Honoree South Cove Community Health Center Humanitarian Award; and HCHP Copley Center Community Service Award. Dr. Tang is affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Atrius Health, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Tang has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Laser Treatment

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
340 Wood Road
Braintree, MA
 

Dr. Aeri Moon practices pediatric gastroenterology. She has indicated that her clinical interests include celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and eosinophilic esophagitis. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Moon is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Moon is open to new patients. She graduated from The Catholic University of Korea, School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. She has received the distinction of Castle Connolly. Dr. Moon is conversant in 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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Boston, MA, Norwood, MA, and Weymouth, MA. Patient ratings for Dr. Pleskow average 0.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Pleskow include inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. Dr. Pleskow's hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Pleskow accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pleskow's office for an appointment. Dr. Pleskow studied medicine at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. For Dr. Pleskow's professional training, Dr. Pleskow completed a residency program 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 sees patients in Boston, MA and Quincy, MA. His medical specialties are general practice and dermatology (skin disorders). Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Dr. Lichtman attended the University of Washington School of Medicine. He accepts the following insurance: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Atrius Health. Dr. Lichtman has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Skin Issues, Wounds, Autoimmune Disorders

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

Dr. Elahna Paul practices pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Paul include kidney stones, lupus nephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Paul is conversant in Hebrew. She is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She has an open panel.

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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 works as a pediatrician. Clinical interests for Dr. Kadzielski include celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and medical education. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kadzielski graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Tufts Medical Center. She has received the distinction of Chief Resident, Pediatrics. Dr. Kadzielski is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She welcomes 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 practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). His areas of clinical interest consist of spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis (MS), and traumatic brain injury. He is in-network for Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and more. Before completing his residency at Tufts Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Bohart attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Bohart's professional affiliations include South Shore Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. He 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, who practices in Boston, MA and Quincy, MA, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Lam performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Montreal. Dr. Lam (or staff) is conversant in French and Cantonese. Her professional affiliations include Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Atrius Health. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lam's office for an appointment.

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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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