We found 17 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare near Lexington, MA.

Dr. Mark L Robbins, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
40 Holland Street
Somerville, MA
 

Dr. Mark Robbins sees patients in Somerville, MA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. He is especially interested in osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Robbins honors. He graduated from Albany Medical College and then he performed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Robbins has received distinctions including American College of Rheumotology, Board of Directors; Peer Recognition Award; and Harvard Community Health. Dr. Robbins (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Chinese, and Portuguese. He is affiliated with Beverly Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Atrius Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vasculitis, Sjogren's Syndrome

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA
 

Dr. Caryn Libbey is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise consist of osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and amyloidosis. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Boston Medical Center (BMC), and VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Libbey's education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at Michael Reese Hospital and Boston Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Libbey is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Libbey honors Aetna, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee Nh Rheumatology Representative. Dr. Libbey has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Amyloidosis

Dr. Jeffrey A Biller, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
40 Second Avenue; Suite 340
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Biller practices pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Biller's clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Health System, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Biller honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. He has received the distinction of Boston Super Doctors. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
40 Second Avenue; Suite 300
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Chaitanya Mudgal is a specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Boston, MA and Waltham, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Mudgal include dislocation, cubital tunnel syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Mudgal is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of L.T. Municipal Medical College. Dr. Mudgal's medical residency was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Dr Menino D'Souza Prize, Best All Around Graduate; Partners in Excellence; and Dr G.M. Phadke Prize, Pharmacology. Dr. Mudgal (or staff) is conversant in Marathi, Mandarin, and Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Elbow Fracture, Hand Fracture, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Fractures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elana M Bern, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
482 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Elana Bern is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Her clinical interests encompass inflammatory bowel disease, rett syndrome, and celiac disease. Dr. Bern is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Dr. Bern attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: Faculty Distinction- McGill University. Dr. Bern offers interpreting services for her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Rett Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Menno Verhave, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
482 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Menno Verhave works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. His clinical interests encompass celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Verhave accepts Medicare insurance. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a graduate of Children's Hospital Boston's residency program. Dr. Verhave has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
40 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. George Cohen is a specialist in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). He works in Boston, MA and Waltham, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Cohen include fibromyalgia, lupus, and polymyositis. The average patient rating for Dr. Cohen is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cohen accepts. After completing medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Cohen (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Polymyositis, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Giant Cell Arteritis, Sjogren's Syndrome

Dr. Kriston A Ganguli, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
40 Second Avenue; Suite 340
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Kriston Ganguli is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Mayo Medical School. Dr. Ganguli trained at Tufts Medical Center for residency. Her areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and failure to thrive. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ganguli (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. She is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Ganguli is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Failure to Thrive, Acid Reflux, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Konrad Alan Mark, MD
Specializes in Neurology
6 Mill Street
Arlington, MA
 

Dr. Konrad Mark's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Mark include back pain, multiple sclerosis (MS), and neck pain. His professional affiliations include Winchester Hospital, Beverly Hospital, and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Neighborhood Health Plan, AARP, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mark honors. Dr. Mark is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. His residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Boston Medical Center. He speaks German.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Stroke, Epilepsy, Neurological Disorders, Weakness, Back ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA
 

Dr. Hamed Khalili's specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Khalili takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received the following distinctions: UCB Inflammatory Bowel Disease Award and ACG international Grant. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Khalili is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Bedford VA Medical Center. Dr. Khalili has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Crohn's Disease

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
40 Second Avenue; Suite 340
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Aubrey Katz is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in Waltham, MA, Boston, MA, and Leominister, MA. After attending the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg for medical school, Dr. Katz completed his residency training at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Katz include inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic esophagitis. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Katz (or staff) is conversant in Afrikaans and Dutch. Dr. Katz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Katz has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery
52 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Antonia Stephen specializes in general surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Stephen include adrenal tumor, hyperparathyroidism, and graves disease. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stephen honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Stephen's professional affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Thyroid Surgery, Hyperparathyroidism, Parathyroid Surgery, Adrenal Tumor

Specializes in General Pediatrics
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Sarah Kadzielski sees patients in Boston, MA, Lexington, MA, and Braintree, MA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Her areas of expertise include celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and medical education. Dr. Kadzielski is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Kadzielski trained at Tufts Medical Center for her residency. She has received the following distinction: Chief Resident, Pediatrics.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Autism Spectrum ... (Read more)

Dr. Mary Beth F Son, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
482 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Marybeth Son is a physician who specializes in pediatric rheumatology. She is especially interested in kawasaki disease and rheumatoid arthritis. She takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Son studied medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Son completed her residency training at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Son (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. She is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Kawasaki Disease

Specializes in Vascular Neurology
16 Hayden Avenue
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Claudia Chaves' specialty is vascular neurology. Dr. Chaves's areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS). She is affiliated with Lahey Clinic. Her training includes a residency program at Tufts Medical Center. She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Chaves has received professional recognition including the following: Boston Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Dascha Cynthia Weir, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Dascha Weir's specialty is general pediatrics. Her areas of expertise include celiac disease. She takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Weir attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She trained at Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics for her residency. She is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Celiac Disease

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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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