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NYU Langone Provider

Ashira Blazer, MD

NYU Langone Provider
  • Specialty: Rheumatology
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-598-6321
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Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Rheumatology), 2015
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine, 2014
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, NYU Langone Health, Medicine - Rheumatology, 2015
  • Residency, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2013
  • MD from Baylor College Of Medicine, 2010

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This provider accepts the following insurance plans.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Indemnity
    • Aetna Medicare
    • Aetna POS
    • Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Agewell
    • Agewell
  • Amidacare
    • Amidacare
  • Centerlight
    • Centerlight
  • Cigna
    • Cigna EPO/POS
    • Cigna PPO
  • ElderPlan
    • ElderPlan
  • Emblem
    • Emblem Select Care Exchange
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus Essential
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Indemnity
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield MediBlue
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways, Enhanced
  • Fidelis
    • Fidelis Child Health
    • Fidelis Essential
    • Fidelis Exchange
    • Fidelis Medicaid
    • Fidelis Medicare
  • GHI
    • GHI CBP
    • GHI HMO
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Locations and Appointments

NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital

324 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010


lupus, African American, APOL1

Research Summary

Considered a prototypic autoimmune disorder, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) represents a phenotypically heterogeneous syndrome with multiple genetic, environmental, and immunologic contributions to pathogenesis. With increased prevalence of renal disease, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension, lupus patients of African lineage often experience higher severity of disease and accelerated damage accrual. Studies have shown that African American (AA) women develop subclinical cardiovascular disease (CVD) at earlier ages and with higher frequency. Moreover, AA SLE patients have a higher incidence of hypertension, a variable associated with accelerated damage accrual. Genetic factors contributing to this trend are poorly recognized.  Two cytokine-responsive genetic variants of apolipoprotein L1 (APOL1) have been linked to both atherosclerosis and renal disease in homozygous carriers. In SLE, chronic inflammation may be an important amplifying factor increasing the consequence of carrying one or more of these genetic polymorphisms. In conjunction with my primary mentors, I have generated data demonstrating increased risk of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and end stage renal disease in SLE patients carrying one or more risk variant copies.  As well, upon treatment with inflammatory cytokines, interferon alpha and gamma, we have observed decreased viability and increased cell death in APOL1 risk variant-carrying primary endothelial cell cultures. This cytokines are central to SLE pathogenesis and may potentiate disease in patients carrying these variants. 

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Academic office

301 East 17th Street

Suite 1410

New York, NY 10029

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