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We found 4 immunologists who accept Medicare near Riverhead, NY.

Erin Elizabeth McGintee MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
292 Shade Tree LA
Aquebogue, NY
(631) 727-8050; (631) 283-1142

Dr. Erin McGintee, who practices in Aquebogue, NY, is a medical specialist in allergy & immunology. Dr. McGintee takes POMCO, HealthSmart, Viant, and more. She 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 Southampton Hospital and ENT and Allergy Associates.

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Clinical interests: Adult and Pediatric Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

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Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
887 Old Country Road
Riverhead, NY
(631) 928-7900; (631) 369-3838

Dr. Arthur Kurtz is an adult allergy & immunology specialist. Dr. Kurtz is in-network for Vytra, MagnaCare, and Child Health Plus, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He is affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY).

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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
235 Osborne Avenue
Riverhead, NY
(631) 591-2209

Dr. John Byrne is a specialist in allergy & immunology. He works in Riverhead, NY. He accepts Child Health Plus, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Dr. Byrne is a graduate of New York Medical College.

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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
982 Roanoke Avenue
Riverhead, NY
(631) 727-3141

Dr. Maria Alcasid-Escano works as an allergist/immunologist. She studied medicine at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. 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.