Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut, LLC
Cutting-Edge Treatments for Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Asthma, and Allergic Diseases
We provide expert medical consultations in the specialty of rheumatology (Dr. Barbara Kage, MD, FACR) and the specialty of immunology and allergy (Dr. Reinhard Kage, MD, PhD).
Dr. Barbara Kage, as the board-certified rheumatologist, is an expert in diagnosing, treating, and medically managing patients with arthritis and other rheumatic autoimmune inflammatory diseases.
Dr. Reinhard Kage, as the board-certified immunologist and allergist, is an expert in diagnosing, treating, and medically managing immune and allergic diseases.
What we do
We provide and maintain a full service of x-ray facilities including digital X-Ray, DXA (Dual X-Ray Absorptiometry) for the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis;, and musculoskeletal ultrasound for faster and better diagnosis and more targeted management of rheumatic diseases.
Our on-site infusion center allows patients to receive their medications in the comfort of our private clinic while attended by the familiar staff . Very importantly, for added level of safety, their infusions are supervised by our National Institute of Health trained and board certified immunologist and allergist, Reinhard Kage, MD, PhD. This unique service is deeply appreciated by our patients.
Dr. Barbara Kage personally performs all the therapeutic injections. She is certified by the American College of Rheumatology in rheumatic musculoskeletal ultrasonography and uses this cutting edge technology to assure proper needle and medication placement. The experience of our patients confirms findings of scientific studies that ultrasound guided injections provide a better clinical outcome.
Our comprehensive electronic medical records system allows for fast and reliable access to needed information. Patient portal allows patients easy access to their data and to participate in their medical care in an even more informed manner.
Recognizing the fact that rheumatic conditions and their management are complex, every patient receives a printed mutually agreed upon treatment plan.
Allergy & Immunology
We provide and maintain a full range of allergy testing services including skin scratch testing for the diagnosis of environmental allergies, skin testing for the assessment of bee and other stinging insect allergies, as well as patch testing for the evaluation of contact allergies.
Allergen desensitization for environmental allergies are performed with allergy injections ('allergy shots') as well as - when appropriate - with oral desensitization according to the scientifically established allergy guidelines by the National Institutes of Health as well as the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology.
Insect ('bee') venom desensitization is available for patients with life-threatening insect sting allergies.
Complete evaluation for food and medication allergies are performed including food skin testing and oral food and medication challenges.
We provide full services to diagnose and treat patients with asthma including pulmonary function testing as well full asthma trigger evaluation.
Full evaluation and treatment service for immune system disorders, immunodeficiencies, and autoimmunity are provided, often in close cooperation with the rheumatologist.
As each of our patients is unique and the treatment of allergic and immune system disorders can be complex, each patient receives a mutually agreed upon and printed treatment plan.
Dr. Barbara Kage, MD, FACR
Barbara Kage, MD, Fellow, American College of Rheumatology; American College of Rheumatology certified in Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of New England College of Medicine. Dr. Kage completed her rheumatology fellowship training at Georgetown University and residency training in internal medicine at University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital. She completed a year of medical internship in Melbourne, Australia rotating through the Monash University, Royal Park Hospital and Dandenong Hospital. She received her medical degree from the Medical Academy in Lublin, Poland.
Dr. Reinhard Kage, MD, PhD
Reinhard Kage, MD, PhD is Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of New England College of Medicine. Dr. Kage completed his immunology/allergy fellowship at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health and his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital. Dr. Kage has extensive research experience in clinical biochemistry and neuroscience. He worked as a Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Experimental Medicine followed by an Research Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts. He was on he faculty Boston University, Department of Pharmacology, before he returned to Internal Medicine. He also held positions as a Visiting Scientist at the NIAID/NIH and at George Washington University. Since 2001, he is the Medical Director of the Rheumatology and Allergy Institute of Connecticut.
Donna Duffy, PA-C
Donna Duffy, PA-C, is a member of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals and has a decade of clinical experience in the care of patients with rheumatological diseases.
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