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We found 282 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Cigna near Astoria, NY.

Dr. Hendricks H Whitman III, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
535 E 70th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Hendricks Whitman practices adult rheumatology. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Whitman attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), fibromyalgia, and lupus. Dr. Whitman is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Whitman is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Senior Year Medical School with Honors, Teaching Award Morristown Memorial Hospital, Cum Laude; Senior Year Medical School with Honors, Teaching Award Morristown Memorial Hospital; and Cum Laude. He is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery.

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Relevant Interests: , mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Scleroderma, Rheumatic Diseases, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juliet Brause Aizer, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Juliet Aizer is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. She attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Aizer trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital for residency. Her areas of clinical interest consist of psoriatic arthritis, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Aizer has received distinctions including New York Rising Stars; Harvard College Scholarship; and Clarence C. Coryell Prize in Medicine. She speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Weill Cornell Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis

Dr. Anne Ruth Bass, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Anne Bass is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Bass is especially interested in lyme disease, vasculitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery. Her education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Bass average 2.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including POMCO, Cigna, and Aetna. She has received distinctions including Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors and New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Inflammatory Eye Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, Lyme Disease, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

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Dr. Joan Meier Bathon, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
161 Fort Washington Avenue; Room 206
New York, NY
 

Dr. Joan Bathon's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Her clinical interests include psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Bathon is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Medicaid Managed Care, POMCO, and more. She has received distinctions including New York Super Doctors and Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors. Dr. Bathon's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Yousaf Ali, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
5 East 98th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Yousaf Ali's specialty is adult rheumatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: osteoporosis, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. Dr. Ali is rated highly by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University College London (UCL) Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Ali is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Leslie Dubin Kerr, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1468 Madison Avenue; Annenberg Building, Floor 2nd
New York, NY
 

Dr. Leslie Kerr is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Kerr has indicated that her clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis and gout. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Kerr is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
37 W 26th Street; Suite 204
New York, NY
 

Dr. Ariel Teitel's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. His clinical interests include psoriatic arthritis, metabolic bone disease, and lupus. Patient ratings for Dr. Teitel average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Teitel is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine and a graduate of Washington Hospital Center's residency program. Dr. Teitel (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew, Spanish, and French. Dr. Teitel is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Immunodeficiency, Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Jay Bernstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
923 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Stephen Bernstein specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Bernstein (or staff) speaks the following languages: French, Italian, and Russian. Dr. Bernstein's areas of expertise include back pain, joint pain, and connective tissue disorders. He is professionally affiliated with VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Lenox Hill Hospital, and NYU Langone Medical Center. He is a graduate of Sapienza University of Rome. For his professional training, Dr. Bernstein completed residency programs at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and New Britain General Hospital. The average patient rating for Dr. Bernstein is 4.0 stars out of 5. Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bernstein takes. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Pain, Fibromyalgia, Gout, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Stephen A Smiles, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
333 East 38th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Stephen Smiles is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in New York, NY. Patient ratings for Dr. Smiles average 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: metabolic bone disease, osteoporosis, and lupus. Dr. Smiles is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smiles takes. He attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Smiles has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Metabolic Bone Disease, Osteoporosis, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Anca Dinu Askanase, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
51 West 51st Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Anca Askanase practices adult rheumatology in New York, NY and Bronx, NY. Her education and training includes medical school at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy and residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Her areas of expertise include vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and sjogren's syndrome. Dr. Askanase's average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She honors Aetna EPO, Medicaid Managed Care, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: One of America's Top Doctors. Dr. Askanase is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. Dr. Askanase welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, Lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Harry H Shen, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
333 E. 38th Street; 4th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Harry Shen works as a rheumatologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Shen include back pain, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. Dr. Shen is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shen takes. Before completing his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Dr. Shen attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, scleroderma

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Dermatomyositis, Neck Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Gout, ... (Read more)

Dr. Howard Michael Belmont, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
333 East 38th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Howard Belmont works as a rheumatologist. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Belmont's clinical interests include antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He takes Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Belmont attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Ear Problems, Gout, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Elana Jaye Bernstein, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
535 E 70th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Elana Bernstein is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include the following: polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Medicaid Managed Care, POMCO, and more. Dr. Bernstein's education and training includes medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Bernstein include: Arthritis Foundation Clinical to Research Transition Award; Charles L. Christian Award for Excellence in Musculoskeletal Research; and Rheumatology Research Foundation Scientist Development Award. She is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Bronx VA Medical Center and ColumbiaDoctors. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Polymyositis, Myositis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Rheumatic Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine Grace Nickerson, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
161 Ft Washingtn Avenue; Room 218
New York, NY
 

Dr. Katherine Nickerson's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for residency. Dr. Nickerson's areas of expertise consist of lupus, vasculitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She accepts Medicaid Managed Care, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Nickerson has received professional recognition including the following: One of America's Top Doctors and Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Lupus, Vasculitis

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Dr. Soumya Munagala Reddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
333 East 38th Street; 4th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Soumya Reddy is an adult rheumatologist. Dr. Reddy (or staff) speaks Urdu, Mandarin, and Arabic. Her areas of clinical interest consist of psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. She is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Reddy graduated from Boston University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at NYU Langone Medical Center. She honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
207 East 84th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Paula Rackoff is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among her clinical interests: metabolic bone disease, psoriatic arthritis, and gout. Dr. Rackoff honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Yale School of Medicine and Brown University, Alpert Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Rackoff completed a residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Rackoff (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew, Spanish, and Russian. Dr. Rackoff is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Immunodeficiency, Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, ... (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.