We found 18 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare near Lexington, MA.

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Dr. Mark L Robbins, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
40 Holland Street
Somerville, MA
 

Dr. Mark Robbins is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. Dr. Robbins's clinical interests encompass osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Albany Medical College. He completed his residency training at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. His distinctions include: American College of Rheumotology, Board of Directors; Peer Recognition Award; and Harvard Community Health. Dr. Robbins (or staff) speaks Spanish, Chinese, and Portuguese. He is professionally affiliated with Beverly Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Harvard Vanguard Somerville. Dr. Robbins is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vasculitis, Sjogren's Syndrome

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA
 

Dr. Caryn Libbey is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Libbey's areas of expertise consist of osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and amyloidosis. She is an in-network provider for Aetna, Medicaid, and Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Libbey is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Libbey completed residency programs at Michael Reese Hospital and Boston Medical Center. She has received the distinction of Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee Nh Rheumatology Representative. Dr. Libbey is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Boston Medical Center (BMC), and VA Boston Healthcare System. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Amyloidosis

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
40 Second Avenue; Suite 300
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Chaitanya Mudgal is a physician who specializes in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Mudgal obtained his medical school training at L.T. Municipal Medical College and performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mudgal include dislocation, cubital tunnel syndrome, and distal radius fracture. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: Dr Menino D'Souza Prize, Best All Around Graduate; Partners in Excellence; and Dr G.M. Phadke Prize, Pharmacology. Dr. Mudgal (or staff) speaks Marathi, Mandarin, and Arabic. Dr. Mudgal is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Elbow Fracture, Hand Fracture, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Lupus, Stroke, ... (Read more)

Dr. Elana M Bern, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
482 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Elana Bern works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Boston, MA, Lexington, MA, and Waltham, MA. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Bern has indicated that her clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease, rett syndrome, and celiac disease. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Bern honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She welcomes new patients. She obtained her medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine and performed her residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. She has received professional recognition including the following: Faculty Distinction- McGill University. She offers interpreting services for her patients.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Rett Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Jeffrey A Biller, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
40 Second Avenue; Suite 340
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Biller is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Biller include gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease. He is professionally affiliated with Southern New Hampshire Health System, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Biller takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network. His practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Biller trained at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Problems, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Kriston A Ganguli, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
40 Second Avenue; Suite 340
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Kriston Ganguli's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Ganguli (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. She is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and failure to thrive. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Ganguli studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Mayo Medical School. Her residency was performed at Tufts Medical Center. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Failure to Thrive, Acid Reflux, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Specializes in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
40 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. George Cohen is a medical specialist in rheumatology (arthritis & autoimmune diseases). Dr. Cohen's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: fibromyalgia, lupus, and polymyositis. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Cohen accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Cohen (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Polymyositis, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, Giant Cell Arteritis, Sjogren's Syndrome

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA
 

Dr. Hamed Khalili specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Boston, MA, Danvers, MA, and Bedford, MA. Dr. Khalili speaks Persian. His areas of expertise include crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. He is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Bedford VA Medical Center. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khalili takes. Dr. Khalili has received the following distinctions: UCB Inflammatory Bowel Disease Award and ACG international Grant. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Crohn's Disease

Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
52 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Antonia Stephen specializes in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). These areas are among her clinical interests: adrenal tumor, hyperparathyroidism, and graves disease. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Stephen honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Stephen attended Harvard Medical School and subsequently trained at Massachusetts General Hospital for residency. She is professionally affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Graves Disease, Thyroid Surgery, Hyperparathyroidism, Parathyroid Surgery, Adrenal ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
40 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Aubrey Katz practices pediatric gastroenterology in Waltham, MA, Newburyport, MA, and Boston, MA. After completing medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, he performed his residency at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Dr. Katz's areas of expertise consist of inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic esophagitis (eoE). The average patient rating for Dr. Katz is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Katz (or staff) is conversant in Afrikaans and Dutch. Dr. Katz is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Katz welcomes new patients.

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

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastrointestinal ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter D Ngo, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Peter Ngo is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. His areas of expertise consist of inflammatory bowel disease, eosinophilic esophagitis (eoE), and surgical procedures. He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Ngo's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Ngo has received the following distinctions: Jacob Katz Humanitarian Award; Pediatrician-Scientist Training Scholar; and Sydney S. Gellis, MD, Young Physician's Award. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Eosinophilic ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Sarah Kadzielski's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Kadzielski's areas of expertise include celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and medical education. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. She is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and a graduate of Tufts Medical Center's residency program. She has received the distinction of Chief Resident, Pediatrics. Dr. Kadzielski is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Autism Spectrum ... (Read more)

Dr. Ari J Fried, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
482 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Ari Fried sees patients in Boston, MA, Lexington, MA, and Peabody, MA. His medical specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. Dr. Fried graduated from Christian-Albrecht's-University of Kiel Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. His areas of expertise include immunodeficiency, anaphylaxis, and immunotherapy. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Fried (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and German. Dr. Fried is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

All Interests: Anaphylaxis, Immunodeficiency, Immunotherapy, Allergies, Recurrent Infections, Hay Fever, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Vascular Neurology
16 Hayden Avenue
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Claudia Chaves is a vascular neurologist. Dr. Chaves is especially interested in multiple sclerosis (MS). She accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Her residency was performed at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Chaves has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. She is professionally affiliated with Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Mary Beth F Son, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Rheumatology
482 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Marybeth Son is a specialist in pediatric rheumatology. She works in Boston, MA, Lexington, MA, and Peabody, MA. Dr. Son has indicated that her clinical interests include kawasaki disease and rheumatoid arthritis. She is an in-network provider for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, she performed her residency at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Son (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Kawasaki Disease

Dr. Menno Verhave, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
482 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Menno Verhave is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. He attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Verhave is especially interested in celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Verhave has received the following distinction: Boston Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , celiac disease

All Interests: Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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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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