We found 8 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders near Concord, MA.

Dr. Martin J Kafina, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
59 Old Road To 9 Acre Corner; Suite 2
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Martin Kafina is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He has a special interest in lupus, lyme disease, and arthritis. He is affiliated with Emerson Hospital. Dr. Kafina graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Kafina has received include Fellow, American College of Physicians. and year Service Award- Emerson Hospital, Concord, Mass.. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kafina's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, autoimmune disorders

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

Dr. Alan B Marks, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
290 Baker Avenue
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Alan Marks specializes in adult rheumatology. His areas of clinical interest consist of osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and sports health. He is affiliated with Emerson Hospital. Dr. Marks is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Marks has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

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

Dr. Pamela S Deluca, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
233 Concord Road
Lincoln, MA
 

Dr. Pamela Deluca works as a general internist and rheumatologist in Lincoln, MA. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Deluca is affiliated with Emerson Hospital. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Deluca's practice is open to new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Trainee Investigator Award For Excellence In; Scientific Research Given At The Biomedicine; and Meeting.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

Dr. Christina Nasrin Alavian, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
330 Baker Avenue
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Christina Alavian specializes in dermatology (skin disorders). Her areas of expertise include psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and skin cancer. Dr. Alavian is affiliated with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Emerson Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. She is not accepting new patients at this time. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and performed her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Elahna Paul, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
54 Baker Avenue Extension; Suite 302
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Elahna Paul specializes in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). In her practice, she is particularly interested in kidney stones, lupus nephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Paul's professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. After attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school, she completed her residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Paul is conversant in Hebrew.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

Dr. Barry Lester Levin, MD
Specializes in Neurology
131 Old Road To Nine Acre Corner; Suite 760, John Cuming Building
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Barry Levin is a neurologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Levin average 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Levin performed his residency at Albany Medical Center. He has received distinctions including 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 the following foreign languages: Spanish and Portuguese. He is affiliated with Emerson Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Dr. Christy Michelle Williams, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
86 Baker Avenue Extension
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Christy Williams' area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). She accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. Dr. Williams is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and a graduate of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's residency program. She has received the distinction of Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Williams's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, PC (Concord, Westford, Marlborough, Ayer, Wellesley, and Leominster, MA, and Wolfeboro and Manchester, NH) and Emerson Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Cosmetic Skin Treatment

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

Dr. Alexis Perkins is a specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). She works in Concord, MA. She is affiliated with Emerson Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. Before performing her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Perkins attended Harvard Medical School. She is in-network for Aetna, Medicare, Tufts Health Plan, and more. Dr. Perkins is closed to new patients at this time.

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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.