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We found 57 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare Advantage near Rego Park, 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. Petros Vassilios Efthimiou, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Nym Arthritis & Spine Center; One Prospect Park West, Suite #1d
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Petros Efthimiou's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Efthimiou include knee problems, raynaud's, and osteoporosis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Workers' Compensation, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Ioannina School of Medicine, Dr. Efthimiou completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Brown University. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Efthimiou (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Greek. Dr. Efthimiou 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)

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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)

Dr. Jay Ben Adlersberg, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
220 East 69th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jay Adlersberg is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in New York, NY. He is conversant in French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Adlersberg include back pain, joint pain, and antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. Dr. Adlersberg's hospital/clinic affiliations include Mount Sinai Beth Israel and NYU Langone Medical Center. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Bellevue Hospital Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Adlersberg is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Adlersberg is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. He 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. Andres Matias Piatti, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
934 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Andres Piatti specializes in adult rheumatology. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Piatti's clinical interests include psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Before performing his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Piatti attended National University of Cordoba Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school. He accepts Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Piatti has received distinctions including New York Super Doctors and New York Rising Stars.

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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. Stelios Viennas, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
Nyu Langone Rheumatology Associates - Queens; 38-02 31st Avenue, First Floor
Queens, NY
 

Dr. Stelios Viennas practices adult rheumatology in Astoria, NY, Long Island City, NY, and Queens, NY. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Viennas include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and connective tissue disorders. His professional affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and NYU Langone Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, Vytra, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Dr. Viennas is a graduate of New York Medical College and a graduate of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers' residency program. Dr. Viennas (or staff) speaks Croatian, Spanish, and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Natalie Eileen Azar, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
207 East 84th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Natalie Azar specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in New York, NY. Dr. Azar's clinical interests include metabolic bone disease, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College. She trained at NYU Langone Medical Center for residency. Dr. Azar is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chung E Tseng, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
133-47 Sanford Avenue; Suite 1e
Queens, NY
 

Dr. Chung-E Tseng is an adult rheumatologist in New York, NY, Flushing, NY, and Queens, NY. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tseng include joint pain, osteoporosis, and metabolic bone disease. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before performing her residency at Jacobi Medical Center, Dr. Tseng attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Tseng speaks Chinese. She is affiliated with VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Euna Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
133-47 Sanford Avenue; Suite 1e
Flushing, NY
 

Dr. Euna Lee's specialty is adult rheumatology. These areas are among Dr. Lee's clinical interests: metabolic bone disease, osteoporosis, and psoriatic arthritis. She is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. She takes Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

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

Dr. Jacob Oren Levitt, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
5 East 98th Street, 5th Floor; Box 1048
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jacob Levitt is a dermatology (skin disorders) specialist. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Levitt's areas of expertise include the following: rosacea, moles, and acne. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Levitt (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Eczema, Cellulitis, Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis, Plantar Warts, Herpes, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell Weinberg, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
103-11 68th Drive
Forest Hills, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Weinberg works as a dermatologist in New York, NY, Forest Hills, NY, and Jamaica, NY. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: chemical peels, laser hair removal, and rosacea. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weinberg takes. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. He has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Weinberg (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, and Mount Sinai Roosevelt. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Plantar Warts, Laser Hair Removal, Chemical Peels, Biopsy, Rosacea, Acne, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Sun-Hoo Howard Foo, MD
Specializes in Neurology
650 First Avenue; 4 Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Sun-Hoo Foo's specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He attended National Taiwan University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, St. Vincent's Hospital, and Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Foo's areas of expertise include the following: evoked potential test, peripheral neuropathy, and back injuries. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Foo is an in-network provider for Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Cantonese. He is affiliated with NYU Langone Neurology Consultants of NY.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Dizziness, Neuromuscular Disorders, Back Injuries, Migraine, Electroencephalography, Evoked ... (Read more)

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Dr. Randall Paul Owen, MD
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery, Surgical Oncology
1470 Madison Avenue; Hess Csm Building, Floor 3
New York, NY
 

Dr. Randall Owen, who practices in Bronx, NY, New York, NY, and Yonkers, NY, is a medical specialist in head and neck surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include pharynx cancer, salivary gland surgery, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Owen is professionally affiliated with North Central Bronx Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center - Weiler Division Hospital, and Montefiore Medical Center - Moses Division Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Owen accepts. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Owen's office for an appointment. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center for residency. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Attending of the Year Award; Christian Medical and Dental Society Short-Term Mission Scholarship; and MAP-Reader's Digest International Fellowship Recipient Surgical Education Award. In addition to English, Dr. Owen speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Hyperparathyroidism, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Tongue Cancer, Tonsil Cancer, Neck ... (Read more)

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Dr. Jai Swarna Perumal, MD
Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology
1305 York Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jai Perumal's areas of specialization are osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease); she sees patients in New York, NY and Nyack, NY. Dr. Perumal graduated from Stanley Medical College and The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University and then she performed her residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Her areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS) and vasculitis. The average patient rating for Dr. Perumal is 3.5 stars out of 5. She accepts Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinction: Sylvia Lawry Fellow of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dr. Perumal is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine and Nyack Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Vasculitis

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Dr. David Martin Simpson, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1468 Madison Avenue; Annenberg 2nd Floor, Box 1052
New York, NY
 

Dr. David Simpson is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in New York, NY. His areas of expertise include the following: post-polio syndrome (PPS), thoracic outlet syndrome, and hemifacial spasm. Dr. Simpson is in-network for Amerigroup, Healthfirst, and Health Plus Amerigroup, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. He trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the University Hospitals, Cleveland, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. He has received distinctions including Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Service Award; Alpha Omega Alpha; and James A. Gibson Anatomical Society. Dr. Simpson (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Dermatomyositis, Electrodiagnostic Testing, ... (Read more)

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Dr. Thomas Nathaniel Brice, MD
Specializes in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
5 East 98th Street, Floor 6; Box 1240b
New York, NY
 

Dr. Thomas Bryce is a spinal cord injury specialist in New York, NY. His areas of expertise include the following: spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis (MS), and spasticity. Dr. Bryce accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Healthfirst. He graduated from Albany Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Bryce completed a residency program at Jefferson University Hospitals. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Bryce (or staff) speaks Urdu, Mandarin, and Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injuries, Spasticity, Pain Management

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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.