|Types of Scleroderma: All
Ages: Pediatric and Adult
Insurance: Medicare and Medicaid Accepted
This regional referral center is led by Dr. Joel Kreme and they diagnose and care for individuals with arthritis, osteoporosis, autoimmune and musculoskeletal disease. They diagnose and treat all types of scleroderma, including localized (morphea, linear, en coup) and (limited or diffuse) systemic sclerosis.
Scleroderma often takes many years to diagnose because of insidious onset, vague initial symptoms, and low physician and public awareness. It is typically diagnosed and treated by rheumatologists, but because it is a rare and very complex disease, there are only a few dozen scleroderma specialists in the United States. Expert care can be crucial for proper screening, diagnosis, patient education, clinical trials, and treatment. (Also see: What is Scleroderma?, Diagnosis of Scleroderma and Scleroderma Expert Directory)
The Center for Rheumatology
6 Care Lane
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
The Center for Rheumatology, LLP in Albany, New York is a regional referral center for the diagnosis and care of individuals with arthritis, osteoporosis, autoimmune and musculoskeletal disease and for investigation of new treatments for these disorders.
Although there may be other doctors in this clinic or division, these are the only ones listed specifically as scleroderma experts by the center as of our last update.
Joel Kreme, MD
Lee Shapiro, MD
This center reports that they diagnose and treat all types of scleroderma, including localized (morphea, linear, en coup) and (limited or diffuse) systemic sclerosis. (Also see Difficult Diagnosis and Types of Scleroderma)
This center reports that they are able to treat scleroderma patients of all ages, both children and adults.
This center accepts Medicare and Medicaid, as well as many other types of insurance. Please verify insurance coverage.
This center also diagnoses and treats all forms of juvenile scleroderma (such as morphea, linear, and en coup de sabre), which is a rarity in this field.
This center is a member of the Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium (SCTC), which means that they participate in SCTC peer-reviewed international clinical trials for scleroderma.
06/21/2017: Page information verified by Vanessa Hamann, ISN Scleroderma Expert List Coordinator. Page information updated. Lee Shapiro, MD added. Neal Greenstein, MD, Dorota Hausner-Sypek, MD, Victoria Michaels, MD and Frank Cavaliere, MD removed. JEF
04/01/2016: Page information verified by Vanessa Hamann, ISN Scleroderma Expert List Coordinator, and updated by Jo Frowde, ISN Assistant Webmaster. Overview added. Drs. Lee Shapiro and Norman Romanoff removed. JEF
The Center for Rheumatology, Saratoga Springs (upstate New York near Albany). Led by Dr. Lee Shapiro, they treat both juveniles and adults, and accept both Medicare and Medicaid. ISN. Posted 11/07/2011.
11/01/11: Page published.
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