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We found 113 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Aetna Indemnity near New York, NY.

Dr. Petros Vassilios Efthimiou, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
47 Plaza Street West
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Petros Efthimiou is an adult rheumatology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Efthimiou include knee problems, raynaud's, and osteoporosis. Patient ratings for Dr. Efthimiou average 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and Aetna Medicare. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Ioannina School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. Dr. Efthimiou has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Efthimiou (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Greek. He is professionally affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Sarcoidosis, Back Problems, Knee Problems, Musculoskeletal Problems, Neck Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Howard Michael Belmont, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
324 East 23rd Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Howard Belmont's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Belmont is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Belmont obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors.

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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. Stephen A Smiles, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
301 East 17th Street; 5th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Stephen Smiles is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in New York, NY. Dr. Smiles's areas of expertise include metabolic bone disease, osteoporosis, and lupus. He is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. Before performing his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Smiles attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Smiles honors several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He 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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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
10 Union Square E; Suite 3d
New York, NY
 

Dr. Paula Rackoff is an adult rheumatologist in New York, NY. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rackoff include metabolic bone disease, psoriatic arthritis, and gout. Dr. Rackoff is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. She honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine and Brown University, Alpert Medical School, she performed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Rackoff has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Rackoff (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and Russian.

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

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

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

Dr. Harry Shen is an adult rheumatology specialist. Before performing his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Dr. Shen attended Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Shen's clinical interests include back pain, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. He is in-network for Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shen speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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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. Jill Pamela Buyon, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
324 East 23rd Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jill Buyon specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in New York, NY. Before completing her residency at Jacobi Medical Center, Dr. Buyon attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. In Dr. Buyon's practice, she is particularly interested in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Buyon is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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

Dr. Ariel Teitel is an adult rheumatologist in New York, NY. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Areas of expertise for Dr. Teitel include psoriatic arthritis, metabolic bone disease, and lupus. He is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, United Healthcare Plans, and more. Before performing his residency at Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Teitel attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Teitel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and French.

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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. Brian David Golden, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
333 E 34th Street; Suite 1c
New York, NY
 

Dr. Brian Golden's specialty is adult rheumatology. The average patient rating for Dr. Golden is 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Golden include joint pain, osteoporosis, and metabolic bone disease. Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Golden accepts. He attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Golden trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Golden is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Golden is affiliated with Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Pain, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Autoimmune Disorders, Metabolic Bone ... (Read more)

Dr. Soumya Munagala Reddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
240 East 38th Street; 12th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Soumya Reddy is an adult rheumatology specialist. Dr. Reddy's areas of expertise include the following: psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. She takes Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Reddy attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Reddy (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Mandarin, and Arabic. Dr. Reddy is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis

Dr. Stephen Jay Bernstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
923 5th Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Stephen Bernstein is an adult rheumatology specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, joint pain, and connective tissue disorders. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Bernstein honors several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He graduated from Sapienza University of Rome and then he performed his residency at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and New Britain General Hospital. Dr. Bernstein (or staff) speaks the following languages: French, Italian, and Russian. Dr. Bernstein's professional 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. Stelios Viennas, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
3802 31st Avenue
Astoria, NY
 

Dr. Stelios Viennas' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He is a graduate of New York Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Viennas trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. His areas of expertise include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and connective tissue disorders. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Viennas is in-network for Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Viennas (or staff) speaks Croatian, Spanish, and Greek. He is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Viennas is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Gout, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sara Barbara Kramer, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
343 E 30th Street; Lobby
New York, NY
 

Dr. Sara Kramer practices adult rheumatology in New York, NY. Patient ratings for Dr. Kramer average 4.0 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Kramer is in-network for Coresource, Aetna EPO, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kramer obtained her medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed her residency at the University Hospitals, Cleveland. She has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. She is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ultrasound, Scleroderma, Musculoskeletal Problems, Gout, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
315 E 69th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Lanny Schwartzfarb's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Schwartzfarb attended medical school at New York Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Schwartzfarb trained at Beth Israel Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: joint pain, connective tissue disorders, and lupus. Patient ratings for Dr. Schwartzfarb average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Schwartzfarb is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Coventry. He is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Pain, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Connective Tissue Disorders, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Yusuf Yazici, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
100 Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Yusuf Yazici's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Yazici (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Turkish. He has a special interest in rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Yazici is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. He graduated from Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Yazici completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University. The average patient rating for Dr. Yazici is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Sicy Hop Seung Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
301 East 17th Street; Suite 550
New York, NY
 

Dr. Sicy Lee practices adult rheumatology in New York, NY. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include back pain, joint pain, and connective tissue disorders. Dr. Lee honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Before performing her residency at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dr. Lee attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Lee has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Pain, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Back Pain, Connective ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Honig, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
301 East 17th Street; Suite 1101
New York, NY
 

Dr. Stephen Honig's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. Dr. Honig's clinical interests include osteoporosis, metabolic bone disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Honig has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Arthritis, Spine Problems, Metabolic Bone Disease, Osteoporosis, ... (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.