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We found 66 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 is an adult rheumatology specialist in New York, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Whitman include mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), fibromyalgia, and lupus. His professional affiliations include Weill Cornell Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery. 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. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, and more. Dr. Whitman has received distinctions including 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.

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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, who practices in Brooklyn, NY, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Efthimiou include knee problems, raynaud's, and osteoporosis. Dr. Efthimiou's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He takes 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 professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Efthimiou (or staff) speaks 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, who practices in New York, NY, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Patient ratings for Dr. Rackoff average 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Rackoff include metabolic bone disease, psoriatic arthritis, and gout. She honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from Yale School of Medicine and Brown University, Alpert Medical School. Dr. Rackoff's residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. In addition to English, 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 is an adult rheumatology specialist in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Piatti speaks Spanish. He is especially interested in psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. He graduated from National University of Cordoba Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Piatti completed his residency training at Hospital of Saint Raphael and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Piatti has received the following distinctions: 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. 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. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, joint pain, and antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. The average patient rating for Dr. Adlersberg is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Dr. Adlersberg obtained his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at Bellevue Hospital Center. He is conversant in French. He is affiliated with Mount Sinai Beth Israel and NYU Langone Medical Center. 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)

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. Dr. Viennas (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Croatian, Spanish, and Greek. Areas of expertise for Dr. Viennas include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and connective tissue disorders. His hospital/clinic affiliations include NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and NYU Langone Medical Center. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Viennas accepts Coresource, Aetna EPO, Anthem, and more. Dr. Viennas's practice is open to 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. Natalie Eileen Azar, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
207 East 84th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Natalie Azar is an adult rheumatologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: metabolic bone disease, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyositis. Dr. Azar is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Healthfirst. She obtained her medical school training at Weill Cornell Medical College and performed her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. 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 rheumatology specialist in New York, NY, Flushing, NY, and Queens, NY. In addition to English, she speaks Chinese. Dr. Tseng's areas of expertise include the following: joint pain, osteoporosis, and metabolic bone disease. She is professionally affiliated with VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and NYU Langone Medical Center. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, she completed her residency training at Jacobi Medical Center. She accepts Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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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 sees patients in Flushing, NY and New York, NY. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Her clinical interests include metabolic bone disease, osteoporosis, and psoriatic arthritis. She honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Lee studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Lee trained at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Lee is professionally 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 is a medical specialist in dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Levitt (or staff) speaks Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: rosacea, moles, and acne. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Levitt has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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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's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among Dr. Foo's clinical interests: evoked potential test, peripheral neuropathy, and back injuries. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of National Taiwan University School of Medicine. He trained at NYU Langone Medical Center, St. Vincent's Hospital, and Bellevue Hospital Center for residency. Dr. Foo has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. Dr. Foo 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. Jeffrey Mitchell Weinberg, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
103-11 68th Drive
Forest Hills, NY
 

Dr. Jeffrey Weinberg's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Dr. Weinberg (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Russian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weinberg include chemical peels, laser hair removal, and rosacea. He is affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, and Mount Sinai Roosevelt. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Weinberg trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania for residency. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weinberg accepts. Dr. Weinberg has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Randall Owen's area of specialization is head and neck surgery. He attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. For his residency, Dr. Owen trained at Montefiore Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: pharynx cancer, salivary gland surgery, and thyroid cancer. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Healthfirst. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Owen 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. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Owen's hospital/clinic affiliations include North Central Bronx Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center - Weiler Division Hospital, and Montefiore Medical Center - Moses Division Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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. Her areas of expertise consist of multiple sclerosis (MS) and vasculitis. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Weill Cornell Medicine and Nyack Hospital. 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. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. Dr. Perumal has received professional recognition including the following: Sylvia Lawry Fellow of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Vasculitis

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

Dr. Jessica Ciralsky's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Ciralsky attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Her areas of expertise include the following: LASIK, cataract surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. She accepts Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Ciralsky include: New York Rising Stars; Fellow of the Year, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; and Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship. Dr. Ciralsky (or staff) speaks the following languages: 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)

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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. Dr. Simpson (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. His clinical interests include post-polio syndrome (PPS), thoracic outlet syndrome, and hemifacial spasm. Dr. Simpson's education and training includes medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the University Hospitals, Cleveland, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Simpson honors 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. He is accepting new patients.

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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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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.