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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
59 Old Road To 9 Acre Corner; Suite 2
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Martin Kafina works as an adult rheumatologist in Concord, MA and Boston, MA. Dr. Kafina has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise consist of lupus, lyme disease, and arthritis. He is affiliated with Emerson Hospital. Dr. Kafina takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency. He has received distinctions including Fellow, American College of Physicians. and year Service Award- Emerson Hospital, Concord, Mass..

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Allergies, Arthritis, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Autoimmune Disorders

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
290 Baker Avenue
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Alan Marks practices adult rheumatology in Concord, MA and Westford, MA. Dr. Marks's areas of expertise include the following: osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and sports health. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Marks is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
233 Concord Road
Lincoln, MA
 

Dr. Pamela Deluca is an internist and rheumatologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Deluca is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Deluca is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare. She graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Deluca has received distinctions including Trainee Investigator Award For Excellence In; Scientific Research Given At The Biomedicine; and Meeting. She is affiliated with Emerson Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Preventive Care, Inflammation, Autoimmune Disorders

Specializes in Dermatology
330 Baker Avenue
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Christina Alavian's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). In Dr. Alavian's practice, she is particularly interested in psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and skin cancer. Her professional affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Emerson Hospital. Before completing her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Alavian attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Alavian takes Medicare insurance. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Atopic Dermatitis, Rheumatic Diseases, Skin Cancer, Skin Issues

Specializes in Neurology
131 Old Road To Nine Acre Corner; Suite 760, John Cuming Building
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Barry Levin is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Concord, MA. Patient ratings for Dr. Levin average 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Levin takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. Before completing his residency at Albany Medical Center, Dr. Levin attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: Council Of Prof Advisory Comm. Chairman Of Nationa; L Multiple Sclerosis Society. (chairman 1993-1997); and Chairman Of Prof Advisory Comm. Ri Chapter Of Nat. Dr. Levin (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Levin is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital. Dr. Levin is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, General Neurology, Peripheral ... (Read more)

Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
86 Baker Avenue Extension
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Christy Williams is a surgical dermatologist. These areas are among Dr. Williams's clinical interests: microdermabrasion, juvederm, and acne surgery. She is affiliated with Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, PC (Concord, Westford, Marlborough, Ayer, Wellesley, and Leominster, MA, and Wolfeboro and Manchester, NH) and Emerson Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She is open to new patients. She is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Williams trained at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She has received the distinction of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Botox Injection, Acne Surgery, Juvederm, Skin Cancer, Restylane, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
54 Baker Avenue Extension; Suite 302
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Elahna Paul's specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Paul include kidney stones, lupus nephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Paul attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She speaks Hebrew. Her professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Paul's 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)

Specializes in Dermatology
290 Baker Avenue; Suite 220n
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Alexis Perkins works as a dermatologist in Concord, MA. Dr. Perkins honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna, Medicare, and Tufts Health Plan. After attending Harvard Medical School, she completed her residency training at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Her professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Facial Problems, Rosacea, Acne, Laser 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.
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