We found 33 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near North Haven, CT.

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Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
6 Devine Street; Suite 2b
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Cristina Brunet specializes in adult rheumatology. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include lupus, lyme disease, and giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). Dr. Brunet is professionally affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Dr. Brunet attended Yale School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Density Test, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology, Adult Rheumatology
6 Devine Street; Suite 2b
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Lenore Buckley sees patients in New Haven, CT, West Haven, CT, and North Haven, CT. Her medical specialties are pediatric rheumatology and adult rheumatology. She graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She trained at North Carolina Memorial Hospital for her residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Buckley include osteoporosis and lupus. Her patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Buckley honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is professionally affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatic Diseases, Lupus

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6 Devine Street, Suite 2b; North Haven Medical Center
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Linda Bockenstedt's area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She obtained her medical school training at Ohio State University College of Medicine and performed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bockenstedt include systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is professionally affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Autoimmune Disorders, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6 Devine Street; North Haven Medical Center Suite 2b
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Janine Evans' area of specialization is adult rheumatology. She is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Evans completed her residency training at Temple University Hospital. She is affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma

All Interests: Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fever, Scleroderma, Gout, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6 Devine Street; Suite 2b
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Richard Bucala, who practices in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Bucala's clinical interests encompass rheumatoid arthritis. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Weill Cornell Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital for residency. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Joint Problems

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
6 Devine Street; Suite 2b
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Fotios Koumpouras works as an adult rheumatologist in New Haven, CT and North Haven, CT. His areas of expertise include lupus. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Koumpouras studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Koumpouras average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Koumpouras is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus

All Interests: Lupus

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9 Washington Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Richard Bernstein's areas of specialization are hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Bernstein's education and training includes medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Wrist Fracture, Elbow Fracture, Hand Fracture, Tendonitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Congenital Hand ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
55 Lock Street
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Deborah Proctor works as a gastroenterologist. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Proctor accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is open to new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Enteroscopy, Weight ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Dermatology
2416 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Ellen Milstone is a specialist in pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, and surgical dermatology. Dr. Milstone graduated from Yale School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University for her residency. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Milstone is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Moles, Psoriasis, Vitiligo, Cysts, Skin Cancer, Acne, Nail Issues, Hyperhidrosis, Skin Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Dermatology
2880 Old Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Nadia Sherline's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Her education and training includes medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and residency at Boston Medical Center. These areas are among Dr. Sherline's clinical interests: dysport injection, microdermabrasion, and juvederm. Patient ratings for Dr. Sherline average 5.0 stars out of 5. She honors Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, Anthem, and more. She is conversant in Russian. Dr. Sherline is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Sherline's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Botox Injection, Cysts, Dysport Injection, Juvederm, Laser Hair ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 360
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Philip Ginsburg is an adult gastroenterologist in Hamden, CT and Guilford, CT. Dr. Ginsburg honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Chicago for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid ... (Read more)

Specializes in Dermatology
9 Washington Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Wendy Jacoby's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Before completing her residency at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Jacoby attended medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Jacoby include warts, moles, and acne. The average patient rating for Dr. Jacoby is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Jacoby is in-network for Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Warts, Moles, Psoriasis, Eczema, Sclerotherapy, Biopsy, Skin Cancer, Dermatitis, Acne, Wart Removal

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 360
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Francis Chan's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chan's practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and a graduate of Yale-New Haven Hospital's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

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

Specializes in Neurology
2 Broadway
North Haven, CT
 

Dr. Adam Mednick, who practices in North Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). The average patient rating for Dr. Mednick is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Mednick attended medical school at New York Medical College. Dr. Mednick is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System.

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

All Interests: Electromyography, Dizziness, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Dystonia, Parkinson's Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other, Rheumatology
3018 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Deborah Desir's specialty is rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). She has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Desir honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Yale School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Desir welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2200 Whitney Avenue; Suite 36d
Hamden, CT
 

Dr. Jennifer Thompson's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. She is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Thompson is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. Before completing her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Thompson attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, ... (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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