We found 24 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept United Healthcare 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 adult pulmonologist in La Mesa, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Al-Naser include shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Al-Naser is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has an open panel. He is a graduate of Jordan University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark's residency program. In addition to English, Dr. Al-Naser speaks Arabic.

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

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

Dr. Gang Bao, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6719 Alvarado Road; #108
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Gang Bao is a physician who specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bao include shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He graduated from Heidelberg University. For his professional training, Dr. Bao completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Bao speaks Mandarin. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

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

Dr. Steven Kavy is an adult critical care specialist and pulmonologist in San Diego, CA and La Mesa, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Kavy include shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Kavy completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Kavy is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders, Tuberculosis, Bronchoscopy, ... (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. Clinical interests for Dr. Pokala include sleep disorders and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Pokala is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Rangaraya Medical College and performed his residency at Coney Island Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders

Dr. Kaveh Bagheri, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8860 Center Drive; Suite 240
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Kaveh Bagheri's medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bagheri include sleep disorders, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Bagheri graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Bagheri completed a residency program at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark. In addition to English, Dr. Bagheri speaks Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Disorders, Asthma

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

Dr. Sheri Walter's area of specialization is family medicine. She has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Walter include diabetes, headache, and chronic cough. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Walter is not accepting new patients at this time. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky, Dr. Walter attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine.

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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 specialty is family medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Leonard's clinical interests: warts, depression, and sleep apnea. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Leonard is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has a closed panel. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. Dr. Leonard speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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

Dr. Brij Gupta attended medical school at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. He trained at Coney Island Hospital for his residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Gupta include warts, liver disease, and psoriasis. Dr. Gupta is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gupta (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hindi and Punjabi. Dr. Gupta is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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

Dr. Laura Hackett is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Her education and training includes medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hackett include warts, menopause, and sports health. Dr. Hackett accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hackett is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is not currently accepting new patients.

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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's specialty is family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Hoefer average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hoefer's areas of expertise consist of hospice (end-of-life care), liver disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is closed to new patients at this time. Dr. Hoefer studied medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Hoefer trained at Northridge Hospital Medical Center for his residency.

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

Dr. Ellyn Levine's clinical interests include warts, liver disease, and psoriasis. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine and Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Patients gave Dr. Levine an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes AARP, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Levine is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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

Clinical interests for Dr. Prachi Karnik include warts, liver disease, and cryosurgery. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Karnik studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Karnik is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Warts, Depression, Cryosurgery, 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 is a La Mesa, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Her clinical interests include menopause, depression, and liver disease. She is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Leonard is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Leonard graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks 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, Depression, Cryosurgery, Headache, Eczema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Douglas Daub's area of specialization is family medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Daub a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, menopause, and psoriasis. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Daub attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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

Dr. Jose Davila works as a family medicine practitioner in La Mesa, CA. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, menopause, and psoriasis. Dr. Davila is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Davila is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has a closed panel. His education and training includes medical school at Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi Faculty of Medicine and residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. He 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. Azam Shamani, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5555 Reservoir Drive; Suite 312
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Azam Shamani specializes in family medicine. Her areas of expertise include warts, menopause, and psoriasis. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Shamani takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shamani attended Tehran University of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield for residency. In addition to English, she speaks Persian. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She is accepting 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.
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