We found 57 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare Advantage near Rego Park, NY.

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

Dr. Hendricks Whitman is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Patients rated Dr. Whitman highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), fibromyalgia, and lupus. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, and more. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. 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. Dr. Whitman's hospital/clinic affiliations include 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, who practices in New York, NY, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. He speaks French. Clinical interests for Dr. Adlersberg include back pain, joint pain, and antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. Dr. Adlersberg is affiliated with Mount Sinai Beth Israel and NYU Langone Medical Center. He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Bellevue Hospital Center for residency. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Adlersberg is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Adlersberg welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Dr. Paula Rackoff's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Rackoff include psoriatic arthritis, gout, and back pain. Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rackoff honors. She graduated from Yale School of Medicine and Brown University, Alpert Medical School. Her residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Rackoff has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Rackoff (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Spanish, and Russian. She is 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. Andres Matias Piatti, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
934 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Andres Piatti works as an adult rheumatologist in Brooklyn, NY. He speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Piatti is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Piatti is a graduate of National University of Cordoba Faculty of Medical Sciences. His medical residency was performed at Hospital of Saint Raphael and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He honors Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Piatti has received professional recognition including the following: 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 is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Astoria, NY, Long Island City, NY, and Queens, NY. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Viennas include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and connective tissue disorders. Dr. Viennas's professional affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and NYU Langone Medical Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Vytra, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Viennas's office for an appointment. He attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency. Dr. Viennas (or staff) is conversant in 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 is an adult rheumatologist. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Azar's clinical interests: psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. She is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Healthfirst are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Azar takes. Before performing her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Azar attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school.

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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 specializes in adult rheumatology and practices in New York, NY, Flushing, NY, and Queens, NY. In addition to English, she speaks Chinese. These areas are among Dr. Tseng's clinical interests: joint pain, osteoporosis, and connective tissue disorders. Her professional affiliations include VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and NYU Langone Medical Center. She is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University. She trained at Jacobi Medical Center for residency. Dr. Tseng is an in-network provider for Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 is a rheumatologist in Flushing, NY and New York, NY. 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. Her clinical interests include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. Dr. Lee takes several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

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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 specializes in dermatology (skin disorders) and practices in New York, NY. Dr. Levitt attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine for residency. His clinical interests include rosacea, moles, and acne. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Levitt honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Levitt (or staff) speaks 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)

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

Dr. Sun-Hoo Foo practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in New York, NY. Dr. Foo has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: concussion, back injuries, and migraine. He is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Neurology Consultants of NY. He takes Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Foo is a graduate of National Taiwan University School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at NYU Langone Medical Center, St. Vincent's Hospital, and Bellevue Hospital Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Foo speaks Cantonese.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Weinberg's area of specialization is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Weinberg (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian. Clinical interests for Dr. Weinberg include chemical peels, laser hair removal, and rosacea. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Lenox Hill Hospital, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, and Mount Sinai Roosevelt. Dr. Weinberg's 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. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Weinberg is accepting new patients.

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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. 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. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Perumal's areas of clinical interest consist of neuromyelitis optica, multiple sclerosis (MS), and vasculitis. She takes several insurance carriers, including Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO. After attending Stanley Medical College and The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University for medical school, Dr. Perumal completed her residency training at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. She has received professional recognition including the following: Sylvia Lawry Fellow of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Weill Cornell Medicine and Nyack Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , neuromyelitis optica, multiple sclerosis (MS), transverse myelitis

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromyelitis Optica, Transverse Myelitis, Vasculitis

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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 sees patients in Bronx, NY, New York, NY, and Yonkers, NY. His medical specialties are head and neck surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). These areas are among his clinical interests: pharynx cancer, salivary gland surgery, and thyroid cancer. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Owen honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Owen has received distinctions including 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. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include North Central Bronx Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center - Weiler Division Hospital, and Montefiore Medical Center - Moses Division Hospital. He is open to 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)

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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 medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the University Hospitals, Cleveland, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Simpson attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school. His clinical interests include post-polio syndrome (PPS), thoracic outlet syndrome, and hemifacial spasm. He takes several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Healthfirst, and Health Plus Amerigroup. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 specializes in spinal cord injury medicine. Dr. Bryce graduated from Albany Medical College and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bryce include spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis (MS), and spasticity. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Bryce (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Mandarin, and Arabic. He is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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Dr. Nancy M Nealon, MD
Specializes in Neurology
1305 York Avenue; 2nd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Nancy Nealon specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among Dr. Nealon's clinical interests: multiple sclerosis (MS) and headache. Patient ratings for Dr. Nealon average 3.5 stars out of 5. She takes Coresource, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. Her distinctions include: One of America's Top Doctors; Fellowship, Neuro-Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and Fellowship, Nerve Muscle and Electrodiagnosis - Columbia University. Dr. Nealon (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. She is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromuscular Disorders

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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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