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

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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 rheumatologist. Patients rated Dr. Kafina highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kafina include lupus, lyme disease, and arthritis. His professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital and New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH). He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kafina's practice is open to new patients. He attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Kafina has received professional recognition including the following: 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

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

Dr. Alan Marks is an adult rheumatologist in Concord, MA and Westford, MA. In his practice, Dr. Marks focuses on osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and sports health. Dr. Marks is affiliated with Emerson Hospital. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Marks welcomes new patients.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave Dr. Deluca a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare. Her education and training includes medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Deluca's distinctions include: Trainee Investigator Award and For Excellence In Scientific Research Given At The Biomedicine 1996 Meeting. She is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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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's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). In her practice, she is particularly interested in psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and skin cancer. She is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Alavian attended medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Alavian's professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital and Harvard Vanguard Concord. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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 specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Levin has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare. Dr. Levin has received the following distinction: Ms Society.. Dr. Levin (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Levin is affiliated with Emerson Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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

Dr. Elahna Paul sees patients in Boston, MA, Braintree, MA, and Newton, MA. Her medical specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Dr. Paul attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for her residency. She has indicated that her clinical interests include kidney stones, lupus nephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Paul is conversant in Hebrew. She is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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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. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Emerson Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Perkins honors Aetna, Medicare, Tufts Health Plan, and more. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients. She attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Anya Turetsky, MD
Specializes in Neurology
133 Old Road; 9 Acre Corner
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Anya Turetsky, who practices in Concord, MA, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Turetsky include myasthenia gravis, neuropathy (nerve dysfunction), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). She is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Neuromuscular Disorders, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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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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