We found 5 immunologists who accept Medicare near Riverhead, NY.

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Dr. Erin Elizabeth McGintee, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
292 Shade Tree La
Aquebogue, NY
 

Dr. Erin McGintee is an allergist/immunologist in Aquebogue, NY. She is in-network for POMCO, HealthSmart, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. McGintee obtained her medical school training at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and performed her residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital, Southampton Hospital, and ENT and Allergy Associates.

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Clinical interests: Asthma

Dr. Darren Lowell Hirsch, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
400 Old Country Road; Suite 16
Riverhead, NY
 

Dr. Darren Hirsch practices allergy & immunology in Riverhead, NY. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency training at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Hirsch honors several insurance carriers, including POMCO, HealthSmart, and Viant. Dr. Hirsch's professional affiliations include Mount Sinai Hospital, Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, and ENT and Allergy Associates.

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Clinical interests: Asthma

Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
887 Old Country Road
Riverhead, NY
 

Dr. Arthur Kurtz's medical specialty is adult allergy & immunology. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Kurtz is affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY). He accepts Vytra, MagnaCare, Child Health Plus, and more. Dr. Kurtz attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
235 Osborne Avenue
Riverhead, NY
 

Dr. John Byrne specializes in allergy & immunology and practices in Riverhead, NY. He attended medical school at New York Medical College. Dr. Byrne has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Child Health Plus, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more.

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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
982 Roanoke Avenue
Riverhead, NY
 

Dr. Maria-Lourdes Alcasid-Escano's specialty is allergy & immunology. She studied medicine at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alcasid-Escano accepts the following insurance: Child Health Plus and Medicare.

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What is Immunology?

Immunology is the study and treatment of the immune system. This system is a complex arrangement that protects the body from foreign material and disease. If cells, viruses, or bacteria get past your skin and into your body where they can cause damage, the immune system works to find and destroy them.

If your immune system does not work effectively due to a disorder or infection, you may be treated by a clinical immunologist. Immunologists work to keep immune systems functioning as well as possible and to keep patients with weakened immune systems healthy. Some of the conditions an immunologist might treat include:
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Organ transplants, where the immune system must be suppressed to prevent infection
  • Primary immunodeficiencies, a number of rare disorders that make patients unusually susceptible to infections

The field of immunology has a great deal of overlap with other specialties that deal with the immune system. Specialists in immunology may, for example, treat patients with allergies or autoimmune disorders and vice-versa. The specialties related to clinical immunology are rheumatology, allergy-immunology, and infectious disease:
  • If the immune system is overreacting and attacking one’s own body instead of foreign material, the result can be inflammation and autoimmune disorders. Some diseases caused by an overactive immune system include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and fibromyalgia. Overactive immune disorders are most often treated by a rheumatologist.
  • If the immune system is misfiring and reacting to harmless material, the result is allergies or asthma. Sometimes these immune responses are so extreme that they can be life-threatening. Severe allergies can be treated by an allergist-immunologist.
  • Sometimes infections overwhelm the immune system. A physician who studies how the immune system responds to infection and how infections spread is called an infectious disease specialist. Infectious disease specialists may treat such serious illnesses as MRSA, lyme disease, or tuberculosis. Of all the immunology-related specialties, there is the most overlap between infectious disease management and clinical immunology because patients with weakened immune systems are more likely to catch diseases.

Immunologists treat and protect your body’s own defense system so that you can stay as healthy as possible.
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