We found 73 providers with an interest in autoimmune disorders and who accept Medicare Advantage near Rego Park, NY.

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

Dr. Vivian Bykerk specializes in adult rheumatology. These areas are among her clinical interests: inflammatory arthritis and joint aspiration (arthrocentesis). Her professional affiliations include Weill Cornell Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Bykerk takes Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. She obtained her medical school training at McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with McMaster University. Dr. Bykerk has received the following distinctions: 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

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

Dr. Hendricks Whitman's specialty is adult rheumatology. After completing medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Dr. Whitman performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. His areas of expertise include mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), fibromyalgia, and lupus. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Whitman is in-network for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His distinctions 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Weill Cornell Medicine and Hospital for Special Surgery. He has an open panel.

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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)

Jay B Adlersberg, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
220 East 69th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jay Adlersberg is an adult rheumatology specialist in New York, NY. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Adlersberg include psoriatic arthritis, gout, and back pain. Dr. Adlersberg is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and more. Dr. Adlersberg obtained his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at Bellevue Hospital Center. He speaks French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health Physician Partners, and NYU Langone. Dr. Adlersberg is open to 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)

Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
207 East 84th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Paula Rackoff is a physician who specializes in adult rheumatology. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rackoff include psoriatic arthritis, gout, and back pain. Dr. Rackoff is affiliated with Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health and NYU Langone Center for Musculoskeletal Care. Dr. Rackoff takes Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from Yale School of Medicine and Brown University, Alpert Medical School. Her residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Rackoff has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Immunodeficiency, Musculoskeletal Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Natalie E Azar, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
207 East 84th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Natalie Azar sees patients in New York, NY. Her medical specialty is adult rheumatology. After completing medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College, she performed her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Azar's areas of expertise include the following: psoriatic arthritis, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Azar's professional affiliations include Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health and NYU Langone Center for Musculoskeletal Care.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stelios Viennas, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
38-02 31st Avenue; First Floor
Queens, NY
 

Dr. Stelios Viennas practices adult rheumatology in Astoria, NY, Queens, NY, and Long Island City, NY. Dr. Viennas graduated from New York Medical College. His residency was performed at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. These areas are among his clinical interests: osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and connective tissue disorders. Patient ratings for Dr. Viennas average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Viennas is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Vytra, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. Dr. Viennas (or staff) is conversant in Croatian, Spanish, and Greek. He is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital and NYU Langone. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Dermatomyositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shoulder Problems, Gout, Lupus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Chung E Tseng, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
133-47 Sanford Avenue; Suite 1e
Queens, NY
 

Dr. Chung-E Tseng is a medical specialist in adult rheumatology. Dr. Tseng's clinical interests include joint pain, osteoporosis, and connective tissue disorders. She accepts Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and a graduate of Jacobi Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Tseng's hospital/clinic affiliations include VA NY Harbor Health Care System and NYU Langone.

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Relevant Interests: , lupus, rheumatoid arthritis

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Pain, Gout, Lupus, Metabolic Bone Diseases, Osteoporosis, Connective ... (Read more)

Dr. Euna Lee, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
133-47 Sanford Avenue; Suite 1e
Flushing, NY
 

Dr. Euna Lee's medical specialty is adult rheumatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lee include osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus. She is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone Center for Musculoskeletal Care. Dr. Lee studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Lee's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. She honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Arthritis, Lupus, Metabolic Bone Diseases, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ali A Baaj, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
525 E 68th Street; Box 99
New York, NY
 

Dr. Ali Baaj's area of specialization is neurosurgery. Dr. Baaj studied medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). His areas of expertise include spinal cord tumor, scoliosis, and cervical herniated disc. Dr. Baaj accepts Coresource, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. His distinctions include: The and Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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Relevant Interests: , ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Ankylosing Spondylitis, Scoliosis, Herniated Disc, Complex Spine Surgery, Lumbar Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jessica Blair Ciralsky, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
1305 York Avenue; 12th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jessica Ciralsky's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Her areas of expertise include the following: LASIK, cataract surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ciralsky accepts. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Ciralsky completed a residency program at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She has received distinctions including New York Rising Stars; Fellow of the Year, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; and Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship.

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Relevant Interests: , Sjogren's syndrome

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Dry Eyes, External Eye Diseases, Dry Eye Syndrome, Cataract Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Randall P Owen, MD
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery, Surgical Oncology
1470 Madison Avenue; Hess Csm Building, Floor 3
New York, NY
 

Dr. Randall Owen's areas of specialization are head and neck surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery); he sees patients in New York, NY, Bronx, NY, and Yonkers, NY. He speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Owen's clinical interests: pharynx cancer, salivary gland surgery, and thyroid cancer. He is affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Owen studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Healthfirst, and more. He has received distinctions including Attending of the Year Award; Christian Medical and Dental Society Short-Term Mission Scholarship; and MAP-Reader's Digest International Fellowship Recipient Surgical Education Award. Dr. Owen has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , Graves disease

All Interests: Graves Disease, Hyperparathyroidism, Skin Cancer, Oral Cancer, Tongue Cancer, Tonsil Cancer, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Tanya Azra Fatimi, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
27-47 Crescent Street
Astoria, NY
 

Dr. Tanya Fatimi's areas of specialization are neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine, and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. She is especially interested in peripheral neuropathy, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Fatimi takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fatimi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Mount Sinai Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, and Weill Cornell Medicine. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , myasthenia gravis

All Interests: Electromyography, Neuromuscular Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuropathy, Peripheral Neuropathy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
5 East 98th Street; Faculty Practice Associates, Floor 7 Room 726
New York, NY
 

Dr. Charles Stacy's medical specialty is pediatric neurology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Stacy include post-polio syndrome (PPS), hemifacial spasm, and orthostatic hypotension. Dr. Stacy is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. He accepts CIGNA HMO, Self-Pay/Uninsured, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and more. Dr. Stacy welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Stacy (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome

All Interests: Post-Polio Syndrome, Facial Pain, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, Dermatomyositis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Marc J Dinkin, MD
Specializes in Neuro-Ophthalmology
1305 York Avenue; 11th Floor, Neuro
New York, NY
 

Dr. Marc Dinkin, who practices in New York, NY, is a medical specialist in neuro-ophthalmology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dinkin include neuromyelitis optica, nystagmus, and strabismus. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Dinkin is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Dinkin trained at Hospital for Special Surgery for residency. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO. He has received the following distinctions: Award for Teaching Excellence; In recognition of outstanding contributions as an educator in Brain and Mind.; and Castle Connolly's Top Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , neuromyelitis optica

All Interests: Nystagmus, Intracranial Hypertension, Neuromyelitis Optica, Optic Neuritis, Ptosis, Strabismus, ... (Read more)

Dr. Joerg-Patrick P Stuebgen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
520 East 70th Street; Starr Pavilion, 607
New York, NY
 

Dr. Joerg-Patrick Stuebgen is a medical specialist in pediatric neurology. Dr. Stuebgen's clinical interests include multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, and myositis. He takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. He attended the University of Pretoria School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. He has received distinctions including One of America's Top Doctors; New York Super Doctors; and Marquis Who's Who in Healthcare and Medicine (2006/7). He speaks German. Dr. Stuebgen is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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

All Interests: Myositis, Electrodiagnostic Testing, Headache, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromuscular Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jaspal Ricky Singh, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine, Sports Medicine
525 E 68th Street; Baker 16
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jaspal Singh is a physiatrist, pain specialist, and sports medicine specialist. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His areas of expertise include the following: hip pain, electromyography (EMG), and radiculopathy (nerve root disorder). Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Singh accepts. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Super Doctors- New York Rising Star Medical Director of Outpatient Faculty Practice; Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Weill Cornell Medical College Executive Committee Member; and Department Weill Cornell Medical College Co-Director. Dr. Singh (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Hindi. Dr. Singh is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , ankylosing spondylitis

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Pain, Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Bursitis, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, ... (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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