We found 22 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept AARP near El Cajon, CA.

Dr. Raed Adnan Al Naser, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8860 Center Drive; Suite 320
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Raed Al-Naser is a critical care specialist and pulmonologist in La Mesa, CA. He obtained his medical school training at Jordan University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark. Clinical interests for Dr. Al-Naser include shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Al-Naser is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven David Kavy, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Steven Kavy works as a critical care specialist and pulmonologist in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University, Dr. Kavy attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school. His areas of expertise include the following: shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Kavy is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Kavy is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, Sarcoidosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sathya Pratap Pokala, MD
Specializes in Other, Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8860 Center Drive; Suite 240
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Sathya Pokala is a specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. He works in La Mesa, CA and San Diego, CA. He graduated from Rangaraya Medical College and then he performed his residency at Coney Island Hospital. His areas of expertise consist of sleep disorders and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Pokala takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders

Dr. Sheri Lynn Walter, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8881 Fletcher Parkway; Suite 105
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Sheri Walter's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Walter's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Her clinical interests include diabetes, headache, and chronic cough. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Walter is closed to new patients at this time. She obtained her medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes, Chronic Cough

Dr. Joseph Francis Leonard, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Leonard's area of specialization is family medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, cryotherapy, and depression. Dr. Leonard is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. Dr. Leonard is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Eczema, Neck Pain, Colitis, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

Dr. Laura A Hackett, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Laura Hackett's specialty is family medicine. Before performing her residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California, Dr. Hackett attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school. Her clinical interests include warts, menopause, and sports health. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hackett is conversant in Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Menopause, Depression, Sports Health, Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Daniel Richard Hoefer, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1240 Broadway Avenue
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Hoefer is a family practitioner. Dr. Hoefer has a special interest in hospice (end-of-life care), liver disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hoefer accepts. He is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School and a graduate of Northridge Hospital Medical Center's residency program. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Unfortunately, Dr. Hoefer is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Pain Management, Liver Disease, Dementia, Hospice

Dr. Douglas M Daub, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
9460 Cuyamaca Street; Suite 104
Santee, CA
 

Dr. Douglas Daub practices family medicine in Santee, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Daub average 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Daub is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Sports Health, Eczema, Sleep Disorders, Eating Disorders, Chronic ... (Read more)

Dr. Brij Gupta, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
10158 Buena Vista Avenue
Santee, CA
 

Clinical interests for Dr. Brij Gupta include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. Dr. Gupta is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Coney Island Hospital, Dr. Gupta attended Christian Medical College, Ludhiana for medical school. Dr. Gupta (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Alcohol Abuse, Cryosurgery, Depression, Eczema, Eating Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ellen Levine, MD, DO
Specializes in Other, Internal Medicine
5290 Baltimore Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Ellyn Levine attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Levine include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. Dr. Levine has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Levine is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Psoriasis, Eczema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Men's Health Issues, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jose Davila, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Jose Davila sees patients in La Mesa, CA. His medical specialty is family medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Davila's clinical interests include warts, menopause, and psoriasis. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is not accepting new patients at this time. After attending Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Davila completed his residency training at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, Dr. Davila speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Sports Health, Eczema, Sleep Disorders, Neck Pain, Eating Disorders, ... (Read more)

Dr. Prachi Avinash Karnik, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
1240 Broadway Avenue
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Prachi Karnik graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Areas of expertise for Dr. Karnik include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Eczema, Erectile Dysfunction, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Back ... (Read more)

Dr. Eva Pei-Srbich Leonard, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Eva Leonard specializes in general internal medicine and practices in La Mesa, CA. Dr. Leonard has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Leonard include menopause, cryotherapy, and depression. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Leonard has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. She is conversant in Chinese. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Leonard has a closed panel.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Menopause, Cryosurgery, Depression, Headache, Eczema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Azam Shamani, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5555 Reservoir Drive; Suite 312
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Azam Shamani is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Her education and training includes medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and residency at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield. Areas of expertise for Dr. Shamani include warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. Patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. In addition to English, she speaks Persian. Dr. Shamani is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Cryosurgery, Depression, Sports Health, Eczema, Men's Health Issues, Sleep Disorders, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Douglas I Levey, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Clinical interests for Dr. Douglas Levey include warts, headache, and eczema. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Levey trained at Mercy Hospital for his residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Levey is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Headache, Eczema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diverticular Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robin Frank Spiering, MD
Specializes in Other, Internal Medicine
278 Avocado Avenue
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Robin Spiering's clinical interests include warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Spiering trained at Scripps Clinic. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Spiering welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is really two diseases in one: chronic bronchitis (which causes inflammation and thick mucus production in the airways of the lungs) and emphysema (which damages the air sacs and alveoli, delicate structures of the lung tissue that allow a person to breathe).

In the United States, almost all cases of COPD are caused by smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke. Other causes include occupational exposure to dust, chemicals and pollution, and a rare genetic condition.

COPD causes a wet cough that doesn’t go away. It can come with shortness of breath and wheezing, or a tight feeling in the chest. Some people have flare ups where their symptoms get worse, and during this time they can also experience flu-like symptoms such as fever and fatigue.

There is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments to improve breathing and slow the progression of the disease. The first step is to reduce exposure to what caused COPD in the first place, such as smoking. Medicines such as bronchodilators, usually given in an inhaler, can relax the muscles around the airways and make it easier to breathe. Sometimes they are given along with glucocorticosteroids, drugs that reduce inflammation. Vaccines help prevent respiratory illnesses that can worsen COPD. Oxygen therapy can be used if people aren’t able to get enough oxygen into their lungs on their own. In extreme cases, surgery can be used to remove damaged tissue from the lungs or even perform a lung transplant.