We found 8 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders near Concord, MA.

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Dr. Martin J Kafina, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
59 Old Road To 9 Acre Corner; Suite 2
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Martin Kafina specializes in adult rheumatology. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and a graduate of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers' residency program. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kafina is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare. He has received the following distinctions: Fellow, American College of Physicians and year Service Award- Emerson Hospital, Concord, Mass. He is affiliated with Emerson Hospital and New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH). Dr. Kafina is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Allergies, Arthritis, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Autoimmune Disorders

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
290 Baker Avenue
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Alan Marks' medical specialty is adult rheumatology. He is affiliated with Emerson Hospital. He graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Patients rated Dr. Marks highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Marks is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Sports Health, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autoimmune Disorders

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Rheumatology
233 Concord Road
Lincoln, MA
 

Dr. Pamela Deluca specializes in general internal medicine and adult rheumatology and practices in Lincoln, MA. Dr. Deluca's average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. She is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Deluca honors. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Her education and training includes medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Deluca has received professional recognition including the following: Trainee Investigator Award and For Excellence In Scientific Research Given At The Biomedicine 1996 Meeting.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Preventive Care, Inflammation, Autoimmune Disorders

Dr. Christina Nasrin Alavian, MD
Specializes in Dermatology
330 Baker Avenue
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Christina Alavian's specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Emerson Hospital and Harvard Vanguard Concord. Dr. Alavian's education and training includes medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Alavian's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Atopic Dermatitis, Rheumatic Diseases, Skin Cancer, Skin Issues

Specializes in Neurology
131 Ornac; Suite 760
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Barry Levin, who practices in Concord, MA, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Levin (or staff) speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Emerson Hospital. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Albany Medical Center for residency. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Levin is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Ms Society.. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Headache, Electromyography, Head Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, General Neurology, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
54 Baker Avenue Extension
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Elahna Paul is a pediatric nephrology (kidney disease) specialist. Her areas of expertise include the following: kidney stones, lupus nephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Paul honors. Dr. Paul graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then she performed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Paul speaks Hebrew. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , autoimmune disorders

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Lupus Nephritis, Autoimmune Disorders, Kidney ... (Read more)

Specializes in Dermatology
290 Baker Avenue; Suite 220n
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Alexis Perkins sees patients in Concord, MA. Her medical specialty is dermatology (skin disorders). She is in-network for Aetna, Medicare, and Tufts Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Perkins trained at UMass Memorial Medical Center for residency. Dr. Perkins's professional affiliations include Emerson Hospital and Mount Auburn Hospital. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriasis

All Interests: Psoriasis, Facial Problems, Rosacea, Acne, Laser Treatment

Specializes in Neurology
133 Old Road; 9 Acre Corner
Concord, MA
 

Dr. Anya Turetsky's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Neuromuscular Disorders, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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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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