We found 98 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept Blue Shield PPO near Beverly Hills, CA.

Dr. Raffi Tachdjian, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
1301 20th Street; Suite 380
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Raffi Tachdjian practices pediatric allergy & immunology in Burbank, CA and Santa Monica, CA. His areas of expertise include asthma, headache, and chronic pain. Patient reviews placed Dr. Tachdjian at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. Tachdjian attended Morehouse School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Tachdjian has received include Voted Best Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Tachdjian (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Armenian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Tachdjian is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Headache, Allergies, Chronic Pain, Asthma

Dr. Marine Demirjian, MD
Specializes in Adult Allergy & Immunology
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Marine Demirjian specializes in adult allergy & immunology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Demirjian include asthma and allergies. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Demirjian honors. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Demirjian has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Demirjian (or staff) speaks Spanish and Armenian. Her professional affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Adventist Health System. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Allergies, Asthma

Dr. Philip Michael Bretsky, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1301 20th Street; Suite 230
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Philip Bretsky's specialty is general internal medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Bretsky include diabetes management, infections, and asthma. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Bretsky trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Bretsky accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Headache, Diabetes Management, Allergies, Travel Vaccines, Infections, Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Adult Nephrology
11600 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 218
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Nudelman's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Nudelman include migraine, osteoporosis, and asthma. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Health. Dr. Nudelman attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. On average, patients gave Dr. Nudelman a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Nudelman is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Headache, Osteoporosis, Acid Reflux, Migraine, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alan Omid Khadavi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
9001 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 100
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Alan Khadavi works as a pediatric allergist and immunologist in Beverly Hills, CA and Encino, CA. Dr. Khadavi is conversant in Persian. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Khadavi include asthma and allergies. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He graduated from Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Khadavi average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Khadavi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Allergies, Asthma

Dr. Gary Kok-Hong Kong, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3808 W. Riverside Drive; Suite 406
Burbank, CA
 

Dr. Gary Kong specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology and practices in Burbank, CA and Pasadena, CA. He has a special interest in sleep disorders, anti-aging, and asthma. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kong studied medicine at the University of Southampton School of Medicine. He trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. He is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Kong welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Anti-Aging, General Care, Asthma

Specializes in Adult Pulmonology, Allergy & Immunology
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Gary Gibbon's areas of specialization are adult pulmonology and allergy & immunology. He is especially interested in asthma. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gibbon is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences and residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Gibbon is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Asthma

Dr. Daniel Norman, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
1301 20th Street; Suite 370
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Norman, who practices in Santa Monica, CA, is a medical specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. Dr. Norman is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of sleep disorders and asthma. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Norman accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Norman is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Asthma

Dr. Farhad Joseph Melamed, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
150 N. Robertson Boulevard; Suites 115 and 205
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Farhad Melamed specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Melamed's areas of expertise include the following: obesity, warts, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Melamed attended the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Melamed (or staff) speaks Spanish, French, and Persian. His professional affiliations include Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, Cedars-Sinai, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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All Interests: Warts, Type 1 Diabetes, Chest Pain, Hypertension, Echocardiogram, Weight Loss, Indigestion, Heart ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
8733 Beverly Boulevard; #200
West Hollywood, CA
 

Dr. Rahul Grover's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Grover (or staff) speaks Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Grover include diarrhea, immunization (preventive vaccines), and ear infection. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He obtained his medical school training at Armed Forces Medical College and performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Grover is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more.

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All Interests: Immunization, Ear Infection, Acne, Sports Physicals, Enuresis, Chronic Cough, Constipation, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
11645 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 1070
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Mike Uyeki works as a general internist in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Uyeki is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include depression, snoring, and sports physicals. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Uyeki is conversant in Japanese. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Pulmonology, Other
11600 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 512
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Gerald Markovitz is a physician who specializes in pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease). In his practice, Dr. Markovitz focuses on asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Markovitz's office for an appointment. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at VA Wadsworth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma

Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
2001 Santa Monica Boulevard; 660w
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Alan Szeftel's area of specialization is allergy & immunology. Dr. Szeftel's areas of expertise include the following: anti-aging, asthma, and allergies. He graduated from the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences. He trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Szeftel's distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Anti-Aging, Allergies, Asthma

Dr. Steven Michael Simons, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
436 N Bedford Drive; Suite 214
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. Steven Simons works as an adult pulmonologist in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Simons is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Simons include emphysema, lung cancer, and shortness of breath (dyspnea). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Simons completed his residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Hypertension, Pneumonia, Shortness of Breath, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2080 Century Park E; Suite 1207
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Pejman Shamekh is a general internist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shamekh include sleep disorders, obesity, and diabetes management. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. Before performing his residency at Kings County Hospital Center, Dr. Shamekh attended St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Shamekh (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in General Pediatrics
5901 W. Olympic Boulevard; Suite 503
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Marina Burstein's specialty is general pediatrics. She speaks Russian. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Burstein include obesity, migraine, and asthma. Dr. Burstein is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. She graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University and then she performed her residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Burstein is rated highly by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Headache, Allergies, Weight Management, Migraine, Obesity, Asthma

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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease where the tissue and airways of the lungs become extremely sensitive to certain substances. When these substances are breathed in, the lungs become inflamed. The muscles around the airways tighten and squeeze the lungs, and passages within the lungs swell and tighten. The airways themselves produce mucus, which further clogs the tightened, swollen airways. A person having an asthma attack finds it very difficult to breathe, and a severe attack can even be fatal.

Asthma affects people of all ages, but people with asthma are most often diagnosed as children. Symptoms can include wheezing, a tight feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, and coughing. Some people have mild symptoms all the time, and some people have no symptoms at all, but everyone with asthma is susceptible to occasional severe attacks or flare-ups of symptoms when they are exposed to triggers. Triggers vary widely but can include:

  • Allergens (dust mites, pet fur, mold, pollen, grass)
  • Irritants (smoke, pollution, dust, chemicals)
  • Viral infections
  • Physical activity, especially outdoors
  • Certain medications or chemicals in foods (aspirin, sulfites)

Treatment for most asthma patients involves three steps. Learn what your asthma triggers are and avoid them. Take a daily control medication, usually an inhaled corticosteroid, to reduce inflammation in the lungs. Also, have “rescue medication” with you at all times to take in case of a severe attack. These quick-acting inhaled medications relax the muscles around the airways and allow the lungs to open up for air.

There is no cure for asthma, but with treatment it should not interfere with your daily life and activities.
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