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Vivian P. Bykerk, BSc, MD, FRCPC
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
525 East 71st Street; 7th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Vivian Bykerk practices adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise consist of inflammatory arthritis and joint aspiration (arthrocentesis). Her professional affiliations include Weill Cornell Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Bykerk honors several insurance carriers, including Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Dr. Bykerk's practice is open to new patients. After attending McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with McMaster University. Her distinctions include: Recognized by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals as a Doctor of Excellence; Inducted into Edition of Leading Physicians of the World Publication; and Senior Rheumatology Scholar Award presented by the American College of Rheumatology.

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Relevant Interests: , inflammatory arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Inflammatory Arthritis, Joint Aspiration, Injections, Joint Problems

Juliet Aizer, MD, MPH
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Juliet Aizer practices adult rheumatology in New York, NY. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Aizer include psoriatic arthritis, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Aizer is in-network for Blue Cross, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. She has received the following distinctions: New York Rising Stars; Harvard College Scholarship; and Clarence C. Coryell Prize in Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Weill Cornell Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Aizer's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, Osteoarthritis

Hendricks H. Whitman III, MD, FACP, FACR
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
525 East 71st Street; 7th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Hendricks Whitman practices adult rheumatology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Whitman include mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), fibromyalgia, and lupus. Dr. Whitman takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Dr. Whitman studied medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Whitman include: Senior Year Medical School with Honors, Teaching Award Morristown Memorial Hospital, Cum Laude; Senior Year Medical School with Honors, Teaching Award Morristown Memorial Hospital; and Cum Laude. He is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Scleroderma, Rheumatic Diseases, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

Anne R. Bass, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Anne Bass practices adult rheumatology in New York, NY. Dr. Bass's areas of clinical interest consist of lyme disease, vasculitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, POMCO, Cigna, and more. She graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Bass's training includes residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. She has received the following distinctions: Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors and New York Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Bass has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Inflammatory Eye Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, Lyme Disease, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

Joseph A. Markenson, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Rheumatology
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Joseph Markenson is an adult rheumatology specialist. These areas are among his clinical interests: systemic vasculitis, internal medicine, and osteoarthritis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Weill Cornell Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery. Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Markenson attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine. He honors Blue Cross, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Markenson include: New York Super Doctors; Lupus Erythematosus Foundation Fellow; and Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Markenson is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Rheumatic Diseases, Gout, Internal Medicine, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

Dee Dee Wu, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Dee Wu is an adult rheumatologist. She has a special interest in joint injections, rheumatoid arthritis, and joint aspiration (arthrocentesis). She is in-network for Cigna, Medicare, and Oxford Health Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Wu attended medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is affiliated with Hospital for Special Surgery. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, Joint Aspiration, Lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, ... (Read more)

Jay B Adlersberg, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
1085 Park Avenue; Suite 1n
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jay Adlersberg is a New York, NY physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. These areas are among his clinical interests: psoriatic arthritis, gout, and back pain. Patients gave Dr. Adlersberg an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Bellevue Hospital Center, Dr. Adlersberg attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He speaks French. Dr. Adlersberg's professional affiliations include Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health Physician Partners, and NYU Langone. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Metabolic Bone Diseases, Psoriatic Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid ... (Read more)

Dr. Anca Ruxandra Askanase, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
51 West 51st Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Anca Askanase's specialty is adult rheumatology. Her areas of expertise include the following: vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and sjogren's syndrome. Her average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Askanase honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Askanase obtained her medical school training at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy and performed her residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. She has received the distinction of One of America's Top Doctors. Dr. Askanase (or staff) speaks Romanian, Spanish, and French. She is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. Dr. Askanase has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, Lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joan M Bathon, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
161 Fort Washington Avenue; Room 206, Herbert Irving Pavilion
New York, NY
 

Dr. Joan Bathon practices adult rheumatology in New York, NY. She attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center for residency. Her areas of expertise include the following: psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Dr. Bathon honors Aetna EPO, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors and Washington, DC/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Super Doctors. Dr. Bathon is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Inflammatory Arthritis, Gout

Dr. Elana Jaye Bernstein, MS, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
535 E 70th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Elana Bernstein's specialty is adult rheumatology. Clinical interests for Dr. Bernstein include polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Dr. Bernstein's hospital/clinic affiliations include Bronx VA Medical Center and ColumbiaDoctors. She graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Bernstein trained at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Bernstein is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Arthritis Foundation Clinical to Research Transition Award; Charles L. Christian Award for Excellence in Musculoskeletal Research; and Rheumatology Research Foundation Scientist Development Award. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Polymyositis, Myositis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Rheumatic Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Laura Berenice Geraldino-Pardilla, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
161 Fort Washington Avenue; Herbert Irving Pavilion
New York, NY
 

Dr. Laura Geraldino-Pardilla is an adult rheumatologist. After attending Santo Domingo Institute of Technology for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Clinical interests for Dr. Geraldino-Pardilla include psoriatic arthritis, connective tissue disorders, and rheumatoid arthritis. She takes Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include National Young Talent scholarship for medical school; Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo (Summa Cum Laude) graduate; and Clinical and Translational Science Pilot Award. In addition to English, Dr. Geraldino-Pardilla speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ultrasound, Rheumatic Diseases, Musculoskeletal ... (Read more)

Dr. Elizabeth Webster Mayer, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
161 Fort Washington Avenue; Room 206, Herbert Irving Pavilion
New York, NY
 

Dr. Elizabeth Mayer's specialty is adult rheumatology. Dr. Mayer's areas of expertise consist of vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. She is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. She is in-network for Medicaid Managed Care, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mayer is accepting new patients. She graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center for residency. Her distinctions include: One of America's Top Doctors; Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors; and New York Super Doctors. Dr. Mayer (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, Gout, Vasculitis

Dr. Teja Mahadeshwar Mahadeshwar, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
161 Fort Washington Avenue; Herbert Irving Pavilion
New York, NY
 

Dr. Teja Kapoor sees patients in New York, NY and Bronx, NY. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. These areas are among her clinical interests: psoriatic arthritis, joint injections, and osteoarthritis. She accepts Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kapoor graduated from New York Medical College. Her training includes a residency program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Kapoor (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Kapoor is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Pregnancy, Lupus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andres M Piatti, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
186 Joralemon Street; 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Andres Piatti is a specialist in adult rheumatology. He works in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Piatti's areas of expertise include psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. He attended medical school at National University of Cordoba Faculty of Medical Sciences. His residency was performed at Hospital of Saint Raphael and a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Piatti is an in-network provider for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinctions: New York Super Doctors and New York Rising Stars.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, Gout, Arthritis, Systemic Lupus ... (Read more)

Dr. Jon Tyler Giles, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jon Giles works as a rheumatologist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Giles attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Giles is especially interested in psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Giles accepts. He is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory arthritis

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Arthritis, Gout

Dr. Stephen Jay Bernstein, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
923 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Stephen Bernstein works as a rheumatologist in New York, NY. The average patient rating for Dr. Bernstein is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bernstein's areas of expertise include back pain, primary care, and joint pain. He accepts Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Rome Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. For his professional training, Dr. Bernstein completed residency programs at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and New Britain General Hospital. Dr. Bernstein is conversant in Italian. Dr. Bernstein's professional affiliations include VA NY Harbor Health Care System, Lenox Hill Hospital, and Mount Sinai Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Immunodeficiency, Primary Care, Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Pain, ... (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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