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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 specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology and practices in La Mesa, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Patient ratings for Dr. Al-Naser average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Al-Naser accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Al-Naser 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. He speaks Arabic. He is professionally 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. Gang Bao, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
6719 Alvarado Road; #108
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Gang Bao's areas of specialization are 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 honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Heidelberg University. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. He is conversant in Mandarin. Dr. Bao is professionally 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: 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. His areas of expertise include shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Kavy is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He studied medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Kavy's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Kavy is accepting 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, who practices in La Mesa, CA and San Diego, CA, is a medical specialist in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Pokala include sleep disorders and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Coney Island Hospital, Dr. Pokala attended medical school at Rangaraya Medical College. Dr. Pokala is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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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 specialties are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He is conversant in Persian. Dr. Bagheri is especially interested in sleep disorders, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He attended St. George's University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark for residency. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bagheri's office for an appointment.

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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 medical specialty is family medicine. On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Walter's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, headache, and chronic cough. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Walter takes. Dr. Walter is not accepting new patients at this time. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky, Dr. Walter attended 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 specializes in family medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Leonard's areas of expertise include warts, cryotherapy, and depression. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leonard takes. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Leonard completed his residency training at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. Dr. Leonard is conversant in Spanish.

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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 is a family medicine practitioner. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Hackett's clinical interests: warts, menopause, and sports health. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. Dr. Hackett is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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. Dr. Hoefer's areas of expertise include hospice (end-of-life care), liver disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has a closed panel. He attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Hoefer's medical residency was performed at Northridge Hospital Medical Center.

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

Dr. Brij Gupta (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. Clinical interests for Dr. Gupta include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is a graduate of Christian Medical College, Ludhiana and a graduate of Coney Island Hospital's residency program. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Gupta's practice is open to 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. Jose Davila, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5525 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Jose Davila's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Davila's clinical interests include warts, menopause, and psoriasis. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Davila honors. Dr. Davila graduated from Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi Faculty of Medicine. He trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for his residency. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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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 attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Karnik's areas of expertise include the following: warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She has an open panel.

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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's specialty is general internal medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include menopause, cryotherapy, and depression. Dr. Leonard is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Leonard is not accepting new patients at this time. She studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. She has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Leonard speaks Chinese.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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

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

Dr. Douglas Daub works as a family medicine physician. These areas are among his clinical interests: warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. The average patient rating for Dr. Daub is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Daub is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Daub graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Daub trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He 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. Ellen Levine, MD, DO
Specializes in Other, Internal Medicine
5290 Baltimore Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Ellyn Levine is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Levine's areas of expertise include the following: warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Levine takes. Before performing her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Levine attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. 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. Azam Shamani, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
5555 Reservoir Drive; Suite 312
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Azam Shamani practices family medicine in San Diego, CA. Dr. Shamani is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. These areas are among her clinical interests: warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Shamani accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She is open to new patients. She is a graduate of Tehran University of Medical Sciences. She trained at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield for residency. She speaks Persian.

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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)

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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.