We found 72 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare Advantage near Rego Park, NY.

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Vivian P. Bykerk, BSc, MD, FRCPC
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
525 East 71st Street; 7th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Vivian Bykerk is a specialist in adult rheumatology. She works in New York, NY. Dr. Bykerk is especially interested in inflammatory arthritis and joint aspiration (arthrocentesis). Her professional affiliations include Weill Cornell Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and a hospital affiliated with McMaster University, Dr. Bykerk attended McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences and McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Recognized by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals as a Doctor of Excellence; Inducted into Edition of Leading Physicians of the World Publication; and Senior Rheumatology Scholar Award presented by the American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Bykerk (or staff) speaks Urdu, Mandarin, and Hebrew.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Inflammatory Arthritis, Joint Aspiration, Injections, Joint Problems

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

Dr. Hendricks Whitman's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. He studied medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Whitman's areas of expertise include mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), fibromyalgia, and lupus. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. 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. Dr. Whitman 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. Jay Ben Adlersberg, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
220 East 69th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jay Adlersberg's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. Dr. Adlersberg's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, joint pain, and antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. He is affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and NYU Langone. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Adlersberg takes. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Adlersberg's office for an appointment. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at Bellevue Hospital Center. In addition to English, Dr. Adlersberg speaks French.

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

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

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

Dr. Paula Rackoff practices adult rheumatology. Dr. Rackoff (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew, Spanish, and Russian. Her areas of expertise include the following: psoriatic arthritis, gout, and back pain. She is professionally affiliated with Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health and NYU Langone Center for Musculoskeletal Care. After completing medical school at Yale School of Medicine and Brown University, Alpert Medical School, she performed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rackoff is in-network for Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors.

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

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

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

Dr. Natalie Azar is a specialist in adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include the following: psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. Dr. Azar has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and more. She is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College and a graduate of NYU Langone Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Azar is professionally affiliated with Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health and NYU Langone Center for Musculoskeletal Care.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, 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, who practices in New York, NY, Flushing, NY, and Queens, NY, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tseng include joint pain, osteoporosis, and connective tissue disorders. She takes 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. She speaks Chinese. She is professionally affiliated with VA NY Harbor Health Care System and NYU Langone.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Pain, Gout, Lupus, Metabolic Bone Diseases, Osteoporosis, Connective ... (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 works as an adult rheumatologist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Viennas's areas of expertise include the following: osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and connective tissue disorders. He is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and NYU Langone. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Vytra, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Dr. Viennas's practice is open to new patients. He attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency. Dr. Viennas (or staff) speaks Croatian, Spanish, and Greek.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

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

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

Dr. Euna Lee's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Her clinical interests include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lee obtained her medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. She is affiliated with NYU Langone Center for Musculoskeletal Care.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

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

Dr. Ali A Baaj, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
525 E 68th Street; Box 99
New York, NY
 

Dr. Ali Baaj is a neurosurgeon in New York, NY. Areas of expertise for Dr. Baaj include spinal cord tumor, scoliosis, and cervical herniated disc. He is in-network for Coresource, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Baaj attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Baaj include: The and Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Ankylosing Spondylitis, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Complex Spine Surgery, Lumbar Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jessica Blair Ciralsky, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1305 York Avenue; 12th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jessica Ciralsky's medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). She obtained her medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Ciralsky's areas of expertise include LASIK, cataract surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. She honors Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Ciralsky has received include New York Rising Stars; Fellow of the Year, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; and Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship. Dr. Ciralsky (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Korean, and Spanish. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Laser Treatment, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, Sjogren's ... (Read more)

Dr. Themistocles Stavros Protopsaltis, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Nyu Orthopaedic Surgery Associates; 133-03 Jamaica Avenue
Queens, NY
 

Dr. Themistocles Protopsaltis is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Protopsaltis include spinal cord tumor, scoliosis, and minimally invasive surgery. He is in-network for Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Columbia University. Dr. Protopsaltis has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors and New York Rising Stars. Dr. Protopsaltis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Barnabas Medical Center and NYU Langone Center for Musculoskeletal Care.

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Relevant Interests: , ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Scoliosis, Fractures, Cervical Spine Problems, Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc Joshua Dinkin, MD
Specializes in Neuro-Ophthalmology
1305 York Avenue; 11th Floor, Neuro - Ophthalmology
New York, NY
 

Dr. Marc Dinkin is a New York, NY physician who specializes in neuro-ophthalmology. His areas of expertise include neuromyelitis optica, nystagmus, and strabismus. Dr. Dinkin takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Weill Cornell Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital for Special Surgery. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Dinkin include: Award for Teaching Excellence; In recognition of outstanding contributions as an educator in Brain and Mind.; and Castle Connolly's Top Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Dinkin (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. Dr. Dinkin's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , neuromyelitis optica

All Interests: Nystagmus, Intracranial Hypertension, Neuromyelitis Optica, Optic Neuritis, Ptosis, Strabismus, ... (Read more)

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's areas of specialization are head and neck surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery); he sees patients in Bronx, NY, New York, NY, and Yonkers, NY. He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: pharynx cancer, salivary gland surgery, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Owen is professionally affiliated with NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx, Montefiore Medical Center - Weiler Division Hospital, and Montefiore Medical Center - Moses Division Hospital. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Patient reviews placed Dr. Owen at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Owen 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. Dr. Owen is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

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

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

Dr. Jacob Levitt practices dermatology (skin disorders). Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Levitt attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Clinical interests for Dr. Levitt include rosacea, moles, and acne. Dr. Levitt is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Levitt has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Levitt (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Levitt's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

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

Dr. Tanya Azra Fatimi, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
27-47 Crescent Street
Astoria, NY
 

Dr. Tanya Fatimi is a neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist in New York, NY and Astoria, NY. Her areas of expertise include peripheral neuropathy, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and myasthenia gravis. She is affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Fatimi is an in-network provider for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. Before performing her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Fatimi attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school. Dr. Fatimi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Electromyography, Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Peripheral Neuropathy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
5 East 98th Street; Faculty Practice Associates, Floor 7 Room 726
New York, NY
 

Dr. Charles Stacy's area of specialization is pediatric neurology. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Stacy's clinical interests include post-polio syndrome (PPS), hemifacial spasm, and orthostatic hypotension. He is professionally affiliated with The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. He is in-network for CIGNA HMO, Self-Pay/Uninsured, and Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Stacy's practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Stacy (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Facial Pain, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, Dermatomyositis, ... (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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