We found 20 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Oxford Health Plans near Bridgeport, CT.

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Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Germano Guadagnoli's specialty is adult rheumatology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Guadagnoli takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He trained at Bridgeport Hospital for his residency. Dr. Guadagnoli (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Geoffrey Gladstein works as an adult rheumatologist in Trumbull, CT. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Gladstein graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Gladstein (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Gladstein welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
5520 Park Avenue
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Mirela Dumitrescu's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Dumitrescu honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She studied medicine at International. For her professional training, Dr. Dumitrescu completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Dumitrescu (or staff) speaks Romanian, Spanish, and French. Dr. Dumitrescu is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Dermatomyositis, Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density ... (Read more)

Dr. James B Butler, MD
Specializes in Neurology
2590 Main Street
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. James Butler is a neurologist in Stratford, CT and Shelton, CT. Dr. Butler graduated from Free University of Brussels and then he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Hospital of Saint Raphael. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Butler is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Dystonia, Parkinson's Disease, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
36 Sanford Street
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Michael King's specialty is adult allergy & immunology. He attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for medical school and subsequently trained at Greenwich Hospital for residency. Dr. King takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. King welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Facial Pain, Immunodeficiency, Immunization, Ear Infection, Atopic Dermatitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
2590 Main Street
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. Philip Barasch is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Shelton, CT and Stratford, CT. He attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center for residency. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Barasch is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Barasch (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Tamil. Dr. Barasch is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Neck Pain, Lower Back Problems, Migraine, Nerve Block, Myasthenia Gravis, Electroencephalography, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology
2590 Main Street
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. Jianhui Zhang is a neurophysiologist and neurologist. Her medical residency was performed at Albany Medical Center. She takes Great-West Healthcare, Guardian, and Anthem, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zhang speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Saint Mary's Hospital (Waterbury, CT) and Yale New Haven Health System. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Migraine, Myasthenia Gravis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology
965 White Plains Road
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Robert Patrignelli is a medical specialist in pediatric dermatology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Patrignelli at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patrignelli honors. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Bridgeport Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Patrignelli is conversant in Filipino. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Botox Injection, Cysts, Biopsy, Skin Cancer, Scar Revision, Rosacea, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Neurology
52 Beach Road; Suite 202
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Yaniv Chen specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Stratford, CT, Shelton, CT, and Fairfield, CT. These areas are among his clinical interests: multiple sclerosis (MS) and headache. Dr. Chen is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU), Dr. Chen attended medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks Hebrew and Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Autoimmune Disorders, Neurological Disorders

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4699 Main Street; Suite 102
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Nasiha Fahmi's medical specialty is general internal medicine. After completing medical school at Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dr. Fahmi performed her residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fahmi (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Bengali. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fahmi's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Sports Health, Atrial Fibrillation, Primary Care, Immunization, Bronchitis, Incontinence, Neck ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
888 White Plains Road; Suite 110
Trumbull, CT
 

Dr. Scott Weiss specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Trumbull, CT. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He graduated from Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Weiss completed a residency program at Jacobi Medical Center. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Weiss's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Cirrhosis, Rectal Bleeding, Diagnostic Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
267 Grant Street; 4th Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Pietro Andres is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Stratford, CT, Trumbull, CT, and Bridgeport, CT. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before performing his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Andres attended Harvard Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Andres is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Cirrhosis, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Pancreatic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatrics, Adult Endocrinology
1825 Barnum Avenue; Suite 203
Stratford, CT
 

Dr. Bruce Wainer is a Stratford, CT physician who specializes in adult endocrinology. He honors Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Brown University for residency. Dr. Wainer is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Metabolism, Headache, Atrial Fibrillation, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Primary Care, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Gastroenterology, Other
4641 Main Street; Suite 1
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Alan Nelson's specialty is gastroenterology (digestive system). Dr. Nelson's education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Nelson is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Diagnostic Endoscopy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Other
2060 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT
 

Dr. Barton Belkin's specialty is general internal medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Belkin is an in-network provider for MultiPlan, Anthem, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Bridgeport Hospital for residency. Dr. Belkin is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Hepatitis, Headache, Primary Care, Osteoporosis, Bronchitis, Incontinence, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
267 Grant Street; 4th Floor
Bridgeport, CT
 

Dr. Gregory Soloway practices adult gastroenterology in Stratford, CT, Southport, CT, and Trumbull, CT. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Soloway is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Hepatitis C, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Pancreatic Cancer, ... (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.
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