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

Hendricks H. Whitman III, MD, FACP, FACR
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
525 East 71st Street; 7th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Hendricks Whitman's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. His areas of expertise include the following: mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), fibromyalgia, and lupus. Dr. Whitman's professional affiliations include Weill Cornell Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery. His education and training includes medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Cigna. Dr. Whitman has received the following distinctions: 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.

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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)

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

Dr. Juliet Aizer is an adult rheumatologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Aizer include psoriatic arthritis, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Weill Cornell Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aizer takes. She attended Weill Cornell Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Aizer has received include New York Rising Stars; Harvard College Scholarship; and Clarence C. Coryell Prize in Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Anne Bass is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Patients gave Dr. Bass an average rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include lyme disease, vasculitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. She accepts POMCO, Cigna, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bass studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. For her professional training, Dr. Bass completed residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors and New York Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Weill Cornell Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery.

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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 is a rheumatologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Medicaid Managed Care, POMCO, and more. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Bathon completed her residency training at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Bathon has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors and Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors. She is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Ariel Teitel's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Teitel (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew, Spanish, and French. Dr. Teitel's areas of expertise include the following: psoriatic arthritis, metabolic bone disease, and lupus. He is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. He attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Teitel's residency was performed at Washington Hospital Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Teitel accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, United Healthcare Plans, and more.

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

Dr. Yousaf Ali specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Ali's clinical interests include osteoporosis, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. He is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at the University College London (UCL) Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Ali's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. 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's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. In her practice, Dr. Kerr focuses on rheumatoid arthritis and gout. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Healthfirst, and more. Dr. Kerr is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is conversant in Spanish. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout

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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. On average, patients gave Dr. Askanase a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. She has indicated that her clinical interests include vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and sjogren's syndrome. She honors Aetna EPO, Medicaid Managed Care, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Dr. Askanase's residency was performed at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: One of America's Top Doctors. She is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. She 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. Jay Ben Adlersberg, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1085 Park Avenue; Suite 1n
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jay Adlersberg works as a rheumatologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, joint pain, and antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Adlersberg is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Adlersberg performed his residency at Bellevue Hospital Center. He is conversant in French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mount Sinai Beth Israel and NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Adlersberg has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Metabolic Bone Disease, Psoriatic Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Stephen Bernstein works as an adult rheumatologist. His education and training includes medical school at Sapienza University of Rome and residency at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and New Britain General Hospital. Dr. Bernstein's clinical interests include back pain, joint pain, and connective tissue disorders. Patient ratings for Dr. Bernstein average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bernstein is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Bernstein (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: French, Italian, and Russian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, Lenox Hill Hospital, and NYU Langone Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Elana Bernstein is an adult rheumatology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Bernstein include polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Bernstein's professional affiliations include Bronx VA Medical Center and ColumbiaDoctors. She accepts Aetna EPO, Medicaid Managed Care, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. She obtained her medical school training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Bernstein has received the following distinctions: Arthritis Foundation Clinical to Research Transition Award; Charles L. Christian Award for Excellence in Musculoskeletal Research; and Rheumatology Research Foundation Scientist Development Award. She speaks Spanish.

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

Dr. Stephen Smiles is a New York, NY physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Before performing his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Smiles attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school. Areas of expertise for Dr. Smiles include metabolic bone disease, osteoporosis, and lupus. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Smiles is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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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. Andres Matias Piatti, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
934 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Andres Piatti is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO. Dr. Piatti is a graduate of National University of Cordoba Faculty of Medical Sciences. His residency was performed at Hospital of Saint Raphael and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He has received distinctions including New York Super Doctors and New York Rising Stars. Dr. Piatti is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, Gout, Arthritis, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth Webster Mayer, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
161 Fort Washington Avenue; Room 206
New York, NY
 

Dr. Elizabeth Mayer is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Mayer has indicated that her clinical interests include vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Medicaid Managed Care, POMCO, and more. Dr. Mayer has received distinctions including One of America's Top Doctors; Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors; and New York Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Mayer (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. She is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, Gout, Vasculitis

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

Dr. Harry Shen's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Shen include back pain, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. He is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. He honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Shen completed a residency program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks 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 practices adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave Dr. Belmont a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Belmont include antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. He is in-network for Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Belmont has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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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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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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