We found 7 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 specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in Concord, MA and Boston, MA. His clinical interests include lupus, lyme disease, and arthritis. Dr. Kafina is affiliated with Emerson Hospital. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and a graduate of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers' residency program. Dr. Kafina has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Fellow, American College of Physicians and year Service Award- Emerson Hospital, Concord, Mass. New patients are welcome to contact his 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 works as an adult rheumatologist in Concord, MA and Westford, MA. Dr. Marks's clinical interests encompass osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and sports health. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Marks is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He 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

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

Dr. Pamela Deluca's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and adult rheumatology; she sees patients in Lincoln, MA. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital. Dr. Deluca accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare. She is accepting new patients. Dr. Deluca attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Deluca completed a residency program at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: Trainee Investigator Award and For Excellence In Scientific Research Given At The Biomedicine 1996 Meeting.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

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

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 practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). His average patient rating is 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. Dr. Levin attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Albany Medical Center for residency. He has received the distinction of Ms Society.. Dr. Levin (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Levin 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. Elahna Paul, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
54 Baker Avenue Extension; Suite 302
Concord, 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)

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

Dr. Christina Alavian practices dermatology (skin disorders). Her clinical interests include psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and skin cancer. Dr. Alavian is affiliated with Emerson Hospital and Atrius Health. She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Alavian has an open panel. She attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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 professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Perkins obtained her medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna, Medicare, and Tufts Health Plan. Dr. Perkins is not accepting 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.
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