We found 4 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 a specialist in allergy & immunology. Dr. McGintee accepts several insurance carriers, including POMCO, HealthSmart, and Viant. She is a graduate of Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sinai Health System, Southampton Hospital, 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 area of specialization is adult allergy & immunology. Patient ratings for Dr. Kurtz average 4.5 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY). Dr. Kurtz is in-network for Vytra, MagnaCare, Child Health Plus, and more. He 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 is a medical specialist in allergy & immunology. Dr. Byrne's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Child Health Plus, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Byrne honors. He graduated from New York Medical College.

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Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
982 Roanoke Avenue
Riverhead, NY

Dr. Maria Alcasid-Escano is a specialist in allergy & immunology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. She accepts the following insurance: Child Health Plus and Medicare. Dr. Alcasid-Escano attended medical school at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.

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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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