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's area of specialization is pediatric allergy & immunology. The average patient rating for Dr. Tachdjian is 4.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in asthma, headache, and chronic pain. Dr. Tachdjian is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tachdjian accepts. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tachdjian's distinctions include: Voted Best Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors; and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Tachdjian (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Armenian.

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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's medical specialty is adult allergy & immunology. These areas are among Dr. Demirjian's clinical interests: asthma and allergies. Her professional affiliations include Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Adventist Health System. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel. Dr. Demirjian studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Demirjian (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Armenian.

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All Interests: Allergies, Asthma

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

Dr. Ronald Nudelman is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and adult nephrology. Dr. Nudelman's education and training includes medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Clinical interests for Dr. Nudelman include migraine, osteoporosis, and asthma. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He is affiliated with UCLA Health. Dr. Nudelman's practice 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. Gary Kok-Hong Kong, MPH, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
3808 W. Riverside Drive; Suite 406
Burbank, CA
 

Dr. Gary Kong's specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He practices in Burbank, CA and Pasadena, CA. In Dr. Kong's practice, he is particularly interested in sleep disorders, anti-aging, and asthma. He is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kong's office for an appointment. Before performing his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Kong attended the University of Southampton School of Medicine.

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

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

Dr. Alan Khadavi specializes in pediatric allergy & immunology. He speaks Persian. He is especially interested in asthma and allergies. Dr. Khadavi is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Dr. Khadavi graduated from Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Khadavi trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Khadavi is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khadavi honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Rising Stars. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. His clinical interests include diabetes management, infections, and asthma. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bretsky's education and training includes medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bretsky's office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Gary Gibbon works as a pulmonologist and allergist/immunologist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Gibbon at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in asthma. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Gibbon has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He is accepting 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 is a physician who specializes in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He is conversant in Spanish. He has indicated that his clinical interests include sleep disorders and asthma. Dr. Norman graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Norman trained at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School for his residency. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. He welcomes 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's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Melamed (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, French, and Persian. These areas are among Dr. Melamed's clinical interests: obesity, warts, and hypertension (high blood pressure). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, Cedars-Sinai, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Melamed's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Melamed honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors.

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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 sees patients in West Hollywood, CA, Pasadena, CA, and Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Grover (or staff) speaks Spanish, Russian, and Hindi. Clinical interests for Dr. Grover include diarrhea, immunization (preventive vaccines), and ear infection. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Grover graduated from Armed Forces Medical College. His training includes a residency program at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 is an internist. Dr. Uyeki's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: depression, snoring, and sports physicals. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. Dr. Uyeki is open to new patients. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for residency. He speaks Japanese.

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All Interests: Depression, Pain, Type 1 Diabetes, Hip Problems, Upper Respiratory Infection, Heartburn, Diabetes ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Gerald Markovitz practices pulmonology (lung & respiratory disease) in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at VA Wadsworth Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Markovitz include asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Markovitz honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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 is an allergist/immunologist in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Szeftel's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include anti-aging, asthma, and allergies. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Szeftel attended the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He has an open panel.

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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' medical specialty is adult pulmonology. Dr. Simons has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Simons include emphysema, lung cancer, and shortness of breath (dyspnea). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Simons attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. 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
200 N. Robertson Boulevard; Suite 205
Beverly Hills, CA
 

Dr. John Andrews sees patients in Beverly Hills, CA. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. His clinical interests include depression, snoring, and sports physicals. Dr. Andrews is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Andrews is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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All Interests: Depression, Type 1 Diabetes, Immunization, Bronchitis, Neck Pain, Contraception, Edema, Herpes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Pejman Shamekh specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Los Angeles, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shamekh include sleep disorders, obesity, and diabetes management. Patient ratings for Dr. Shamekh average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and more. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Shamekh's residency was performed at Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Shamekh (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Sleep Disorders, Diabetes Management, Osteoporosis, Preventive Care, Weight ... (Read more)

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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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