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We found 16 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 specializes in adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise consist of lupus, lyme disease, and arthritis. He is affiliated with Emerson Hospital. Before completing his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Dr. Kafina attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Kafina is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Kafina include: Fellow, American College of Physicians. and year Service Award- Emerson Hospital, Concord, Mass.. Dr. Kafina's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Allergies, Arthritis, Lupus, Lyme Disease, 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. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Deluca is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Deluca trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center for residency. 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. Alan B Marks, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
290 Baker Avenue
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Alan Marks' specialty is adult rheumatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Marks average 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Marks focuses on osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and sports health. He is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital. He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Marks is accepting new patients. He graduated from 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

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

Dr. Christina Alavian is a surgical dermatology specialist in Worcester, MA and Concord, MA. These areas are among her clinical interests: academic dermatology, psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. Dr. Alavian is in-network for Medicare insurance. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine and a graduate of UMass Memorial Medical Center's residency program. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Emerson Hospital. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Atopic Dermatitis, Rheumatic Diseases, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Caroline Larson Levine, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
290 Baker Avenue
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Caroline Levine is a specialist in pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. Her areas of expertise include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and hair problems. Patient ratings for Dr. Levine average 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, First Health, and more. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. She is affiliated with Emerson Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Levine is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter Muz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
54 Baker Avenue Extension; Suite 305
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Peter Muz is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Muz include hair problems, acne, and skin surgery. Dr. Muz has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts the following insurance: Most Insurance Plans, Medicaid, and Medicare. Dr. Muz has received the following distinction: National Research Service Award. He is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, PC (Concord, Westford, Marlborough, Ayer, Wellesley, and Leominster, MA, and Wolfeboro and Manchester, NH), and Nashoba Valley Medical Center. Dr. Muz is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Acne, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, ... (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's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Levin is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Levin has received professional recognition including the following: 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.

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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 Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
86 Baker Avenue Extension
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Christy Williams sees patients in Westford, MA, Concord, MA, and Marlborough, MA. Her medical specialties are pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology. She has a special interest in psoriasis, cosmetic skin treatment, and laser treatment. Dr. Williams's professional affiliations include Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, PC (Concord, Westford, Marlborough, Ayer, Wellesley, and Leominster, MA, and Wolfeboro and Manchester, NH) and Emerson Hospital. After completing medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Williams accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She has received the following distinction: Phi Beta Kappa. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues

Dr. Terry P Hadley, MD
Specializes in Surgical Dermatology
290 Baker Avenue
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Terry Hadley is a medical specialist in surgical dermatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: phototherapy (light therapy), psoriasis, and cosmetic skin treatment. Dr. Hadley's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Cigna, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hadley attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. He is affiliated with Emerson Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Skin Issues, Phototherapy

Dr. Steven Alan Franks, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Dermatology
747 Main Street; Suites 212
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Steven Franks is a pediatric dermatologist in Concord, MA, Westford, MA, and Marlborough, MA. His clinical interests include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Franks accepts several insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and Medicaid. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut and a hospital affiliated with SUNY, University at Buffalo, Dr. Franks attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. His professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Marlborough Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis, Nail Surgery, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Elahna Paul is a pediatric nephrologist in Boston, MA, Braintree, MA, and Concord, MA. She has indicated that her clinical interests include kidney stones, lupus nephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Paul takes. She is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and a graduate of Yale-New Haven Hospital's residency program. She speaks Hebrew. Dr. Paul is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her 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)

Dr. Kathryn E Bowers, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
290 Baker Avenue
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Kathryn Bowers is a dermatologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Bowers accepts Aetna, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Ernest H Buttles Pathology Prize.; American Federation of Aging Research; and Scholarship in Geriatrics.. Dr. Bowers's professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Bowers has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Sclerotherapy, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Mouth Problems, Nail Issues, Skin ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Dermatology
290 Baker Avenue
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Alexis Perkins' specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). She studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her medical residency was performed at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Aetna, Medicare, and Tufts Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Perkins takes. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Emerson Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. She is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Eileen Matilda Deignan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
290 Baker Avenue
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Eileen Deignan is a physician who specializes in pediatric dermatology. Her areas of expertise include the following: nail issues, hair problems, and psoriasis. She is affiliated with Emerson Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Deignan is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and a graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital's residency program. Dr. Deignan accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Hair Problems, Cosmetic Skin Treatment, Nail Issues, Skin Issues

Dr. Michael Scott Krathen, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
54 Baker Avenue Extension; Suite 302
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Michael Krathen, who practices in Concord, MA and Wellesley Hills, MA, is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). His areas of expertise include the following: nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and hair problems. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Valley Health Plan, Medicare, and more. Dr. Krathen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. He is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital, Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, PC (Concord, Westford, Marlborough, Ayer, Wellesley, and Leominster, MA, and Wolfeboro and Manchester, NH), and Beth Israel Deaconess (BID) Hospital-Milton. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Nail Issues, Skin Issues, Phototherapy, Cutaneous T-Cell ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
290 Baker Avenue; Suite 220 North
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Cheryl Gray is a pediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology specialist in Concord, MA and Wellesley Hills, MA. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Gray include nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. She is in-network for Coventry, First Health, Cigna, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha; Spencer T Olin Fellowship; and Robert Carter Medical School Prize. Dr. Gray's hospital/clinic 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, Contact Dermatitis, Skin Cancer, Hair Problems, Birthmark, Laser Treatment, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

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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.