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We found 23 providers with an interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near La Mesa, CA.

Dr. Raed Adnan Al Naser, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
5555 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Raed Al-Naser specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology and practices in La Mesa, CA. He speaks Arabic. These areas are among Dr. Al-Naser's clinical interests: shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Al-Naser graduated from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Al-Naser has an open panel.

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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 practices critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology in San Diego, CA. These areas are among Dr. Bao's clinical interests: shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis (CF). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at Heidelberg University, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. He speaks Mandarin. Dr. Bao 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 is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His education and training includes medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. His areas of expertise include the following: shortness of breath (dyspnea), lung cancer, and cystic fibrosis (CF). Dr. Kavy takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kavy's 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. Sathya Pratap Pokala, MD
Specializes in Other, Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8851 Center Drive; Suite #405
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Sathya Pokala is an intensivist and pulmonologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Pokala include sleep disorders and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Pokala is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Rangaraya Medical College, he performed his residency at Coney Island Hospital. Dr. Pokala is professionally 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. Kaveh Bagheri, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
8860 Center Drive; Suite 240
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Kaveh Bagheri specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His areas of clinical interest consist of sleep disorders, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bagheri takes. Dr. Bagheri graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Bagheri 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, Asthma

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

Dr. Sheri Walter is a family practitioner. Clinical interests for Dr. Walter include diabetes, headache, and chronic cough. She is affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. She studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Walter trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky for her residency. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Unfortunately, she is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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; Suite 200
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Leonard is a family medicine physician. Areas of expertise for Dr. Leonard include warts, cryotherapy, and depression. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Leonard 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 is a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Hackett is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Hackett include warts, menopause, and sports health. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Hackett graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, California. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. 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 practices family medicine in El Cajon, CA. Dr. Hoefer is especially interested in hospice (end-of-life care), liver disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. His training includes a residency program at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Hoefer is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He 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. Brij Gupta, MD
Specializes in Internal Medicine
10158 Buena Vista Avenue
Santee, CA
 

Dr. Brij Gupta obtained his medical school training at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana and performed his residency at Coney Island Hospital. Dr. Gupta's clinical interests include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Gupta (or staff) is conversant in Hindi and Punjabi. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He 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 medical specialty is family medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Davila include warts, menopause, and psoriasis. Patients gave Dr. Davila an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Davila attended Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. Dr. Davila 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 graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Karnik include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. Dr. Karnik honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp Rees-Stealy. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Karnik's office for an appointment.

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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; Suite 200
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Eva Leonard is a La Mesa, CA physician who specializes in general internal medicine. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Leonard include menopause, cryotherapy, and depression. Dr. Leonard has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Leonard is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. 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: Cryosurgery, Depression, Eczema, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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

Before performing her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Ellyn Levine attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Levine's clinical interests include warts, cryotherapy, and liver disease. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Levine is not currently accepting new patients.

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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. Clinical interests for Dr. Shamani include warts, menopause, and cryotherapy. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shamani honors. She is accepting new patients. Before performing her residency at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, Dr. Shamani attended Tehran University of Medical Sciences for medical school. In addition to English, 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)

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 is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Unfortunately, Dr. Levey is not currently accepting new patients. He attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mercy Hospital.

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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)

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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.