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We found 6 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders near Norwood, MA.

Dr. Sara Kaprove Penn, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1177 Providence Highway
Norwood, MA
 

Dr. Sara Penn's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Penn's professional affiliations include Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). She accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. She has an open panel. She attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Penn offers interpreting services for her patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1400 Vfw Parkway
West Roxbury, MA
 

Dr. Caryn Libbey's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Libbey trained at Michael Reese Hospital and Boston Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Libbey include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and amyloidosis. On average, patients gave Dr. Libbey a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Aetna, Medicaid, Medicare, and more. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Associate Clinical Prof Of Medicine Boston Univ; Nh Representative To Amer Coll Rheum Council On; and Rheumatologic Care. Dr. Libbey's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Boston Medical Center (BMC), and VA Boston Healthcare System. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Amyloidosis

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1400 Vfw Parkway
West Roxbury, MA
 

Dr. Maureen Dubreuil is an adult rheumatologist. These areas are among her clinical interests: psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. Dr. Dubreuil's hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Medical Center (BMC) and VA Boston Healthcare System. She honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Before completing her residency at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Dubreuil attended medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Dubreuil has received the following distinctions: Arthritis Foundation Clinical to Research Transition Grant and Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis

Dr. Randi G Pleskow, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
269 Walpole Street
Norwood, MA
 

Dr. Randi Pleskow specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Boston, MA, Norwood, MA, and Weymouth, MA. Dr. Pleskow's average patient rating is 0.0 stars out of 5. In Dr. Pleskow's practice, Dr. Pleskow is particularly interested in inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. Dr. Pleskow is affiliated with Norwood Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Pleskow is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Pleskow's office for an appointment. After attending SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school, Dr. Pleskow completed Dr. Pleskow's residency training at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. Dr. Pleskow has received the following distinction: Board Certification In Pediatric Gastroenterology.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Jafar Koupaie, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Surgical Dermatology
95 Washington Street
Canton, MA
 

Dr. Jafar Koupaie is a pediatric dermatologist and surgical dermatologist in Canton, MA and Brookline, MA. His areas of expertise include the following: nail issues, phototherapy (light therapy), and contact dermatitis. Patient ratings for Dr. Koupaie average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He attended Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Salem Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. He speaks Persian. Dr. Koupaie is professionally affiliated with Norwood Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

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Specializes in Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
95 Chapel Street
Norwood, MA
 

Dr. Anu Jayaraman is a physician who specializes in dermatopathology and surgical dermatology. Dr. Jayaraman's areas of expertise consist of psoriasis and skin cancer. Coventry, Aetna, and Tufts Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jayaraman takes. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Norwood Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Skin Cancer, Skin Issues

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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.