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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare near Chelmsford, MA.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA
 

Dr. Caryn Libbey's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Libbey include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and amyloidosis. She honors Aetna, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Michael Reese Hospital and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Libbey has received distinctions including Associate Clinical Prof Of Medicine Boston Univ; Nh Representative To Amer Coll Rheum Council On; and Rheumatologic Care. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Boston Medical Center (BMC), and VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Libbey is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Amyloidosis

Dr. Alan B Marks, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
133 Littleton Road
Westford, MA
 

Dr. Alan Marks works as an adult rheumatologist in Concord, MA and Westford, MA. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Marks include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and sports health. He is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital. Dr. Marks is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Sports Health, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA
 

Dr. Hamed Khalili is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. After attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Khalili completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His areas of expertise consist of crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: UCB Inflammatory Bowel Disease Award; Ccfa; and ACG international Grant. Dr. Khalili is conversant in Persian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Bedford VA Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Crohn's Disease

Dr. Christy Michelle Williams, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
133 Littleton Road; Suites 205 & 206
Westford, MA
 

Dr. Christy Williams is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). She is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Williams has received professional recognition including the following: Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Williams is professionally affiliated with Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, PC (Concord, Westford, Marlborough, Ayer, Wellesley, and Leominster, MA, and Wolfeboro and Manchester, NH) and Emerson Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment

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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.