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We found 4 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Health Insurance Plan of New York near Patchogue, NY.

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Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
74 Southaven Avenue; Suite G
Medford, NY
(631) 654-2386

Dr. Pina Patel-Pulipati is a physician who specializes in pediatric neurology. These areas are among her clinical interests: migraine, intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri), and carotid artery disease. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including HealthSmart, Viant, and Healthfirst. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Patel-Pulipati attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Abnormalities Brain Structure, ADD Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperac, ... (Read more)

Grace N K Gathungu MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
450 Waverly Avenue
Patchogue, NY
(631) 444-4660; (631) 444-5437

Dr. Grace Gathungu's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Gathungu's clinical interests include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and colitis. She is in-network for Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Long Island College Hospital, Dr. Gathungu attended Howard University College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Gathungu speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Crohn's Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux-Peds, Pediatric ... (Read more)

Dr. David Ian Silverstein MD
Specializes in Dermatology (Skin Disorders)
285 Sills Road; Building 8, Suite D
East Patchogue, NY
(631) 444-4200; (631) 648-0101

Dr. David Silverstein's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Silverstein's areas of expertise include the following: contact dermatitis, laser hair removal, and acne. His education and training includes medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Silverstein is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Acne, Blistering Diseases, Botox for Hyperhidrosis, Contact Dermatitis, Cosmetic Fillers, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Julie Cherian MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
450 Waverly Avenue
Patchogue, NY
(631) 444-5437; (631) 444-4660

Dr. Julie Cherian specializes in pediatric rheumatology and practices in Patchogue, NY and East Setauket, NY. Dr. Cherian graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include the following: uveitis, kawasaki disease, and psoriasis. She honors several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Arthritis, Henoch-Schonlein Purpura, Juvenile Dermatomyositis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, ... (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.