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We found 16 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 is an adult rheumatology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Robbins include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Robbins's education and training includes medical school at Albany Medical College and residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Robbins has received the following distinctions: Amarican College of Rheumotology Chair Corc 1999; American College of Rheumotology, Board; and Directors 2002-2005. Dr. Robbins (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Chinese, and Portuguese. His professional affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Beverly Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Dr. Robbins is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome

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

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA
 

Dr. Caryn Libbey's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Libbey include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and amyloidosis. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Libbey is an in-network provider for Aetna, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. She obtained her medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Michael Reese Hospital and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Libbey has received the following distinctions: Associate Clinical Prof Of Medicine Boston Univ; Nh Representative To Amer Coll Rheum Council On; and Rheumatologic Care. She is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Boston Medical Center (BMC), and VA Boston Healthcare System. She welcomes new patients.

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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 works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Biller has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease. He is affiliated with Foundation Medical Partners, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Biller has an open panel. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. Dr. Biller has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
482 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Thomas Walker's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Walker include celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Walker is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado, Boston Children's Hospital, and Children's Hospital Boston. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Medicare insurance. He is closed to new patients at this time. Dr. Walker graduated from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: Alpha Kappa Kappa Award, Oregon Health Sciences University; Rose Award of Excellence, Oregon Health Sciences University; and ACG/Centocor IBD Abstract Award.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Menno Verhave works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Boston, MA, Lexington, MA, and Brockton, MA. His clinical interests encompass celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Verhave's professional affiliations include Good Samaritan Medical Center (Brockton, MA), Boston Children's Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He honors Aetna, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. Dr. Verhave welcomes new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Children's Hospital Boston. His distinctions include: Boston Super Doctors; Young Investigator Award. North American Society F; and Or Pediatric Gastroenterology And Nutrition. .. Dr. Verhave (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Sign Language, and Spanish. He also offers interpreting services for his patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Elana Bern specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Boston, MA, Lexington, MA, and Waltham, MA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bern include inflammatory bowel disease, rett syndrome, and celiac disease. Dr. Bern accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Bern trained at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children for residency. She offers interpreting services for her patients. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Dr. Dascha Cynthia Weir, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Dascha Weir is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Boston, MA, Waltham, MA, and Peabody, MA. Dr. Weir's areas of expertise include celiac disease. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Her education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. Dr. Weir is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Celiac Disease

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

Dr. Kriston Ganguli sees patients in Boston, MA and Waltham, MA. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Ganguli is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and Mayo Medical School. She trained at Tufts Medical Center for residency. She has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and failure to thrive. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ganguli honors. Dr. Ganguli (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Ganguli is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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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. Dr. Cohen (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and Portuguese. Dr. Cohen's areas of expertise include fibromyalgia, lupus, and polymyositis. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Cohen attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, Sjogren's syndrome

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA
 

Dr. Hamed Khalili's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Khalili speaks Persian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khalili include crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Bedford VA Medical Center. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Khalili's distinctions include: UCB Inflammatory Bowel Disease Award; Ccfa; and ACG international Grant. Dr. Khalili is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Sarah Kadzielski is a general pediatrician. Before completing her residency at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Kadzielski attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and medical education. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kadzielski accepts. She has received the distinction of Chief Resident, Pediatrics. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kadzielski is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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

Dr. Aubrey Katz's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Katz's clinical interests encompass inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic esophagitis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Dr. Katz attended medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Dr. Katz (or staff) speaks Afrikaans and Dutch. Dr. Katz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

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Specializes in General Surgery
52 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Antonia Stephen is a general surgery specialist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include hyperparathyroidism, graves disease, and thyroid surgery. Dr. Stephen is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Before performing her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Stephen attended Harvard Medical School. Dr. Stephen is rated highly by her patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stephen honors. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

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

Dr. Konrad Mark sees patients in Arlington, MA and South Hamilton, MA. His medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In addition to English, he speaks German. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mark include back pain, multiple sclerosis (MS), and neck pain. Dr. Mark's hospital/clinic affiliations include Winchester Hospital, Beverly Hospital, and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He is a graduate of Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Mark completed residency programs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Mark takes Neighborhood Health Plan, AARP, Cigna, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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

Dr. Marybeth Son is a medical specialist in pediatric rheumatology. Dr. Son's areas of expertise consist of kawasaki disease and rheumatoid arthritis. She is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a graduate of Children's Hospital Boston's residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Son include: 2005-Sidney Farber House Staff Award.; 2001-New England Pediatric Society's Pediatric; and Prize.. Dr. Son (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Son is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Kawasaki Disease

Mary Alice M Tully
482 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA
 

Areas of particular interest for Ms. Mary-Alice Tully include inflammatory bowel disease. She is affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital. She is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, 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.