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We found 33 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Shield of California - Blue Shield Life and Health Insurance Company near San Carlos, CA.

Dr. Allen Frederick Namath Gromme, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
301 Industrial Road; Level 3
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Allen Namath specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Namath graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained at Stanford University Medical Center for his residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Namath include intensive care and lung problems. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Namath is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Mechanical Ventilation, Sarcoidosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mona Luke-Zeitoun, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
301 Industrial Road; Level 1
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Mona Luke-Zeitoun is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. She works in Palo Alto, CA, San Francisco, CA, and San Carlos, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Luke-Zeitoun include lung problems. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Luke-Zeitoun studied medicine at the University of Zurich Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Luke-Zeitoun completed her residency training at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Luke-Zeitoun (or staff) speaks German, French, and Italian. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma, lung problems

All Interests: Lung Problems, Chronic Respiratory Failure, Asthma, Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Sleep Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Bruce Chalker, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
301 Industrial Road; Level 3
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Richard Chalker's medical specialty is adult pulmonology. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: intensive care and lung problems. Dr. Chalker's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Chalker is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He trained at Boston Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Lung Problems, Intensive Care

Dr. Robert C Bocian, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
730 Welch Road; 1st Floor
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Robert Bocian's specialty is pediatric allergy & immunology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Bocian at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: sinusitis (sinus infection), drug allergy, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Bocian is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program. Dr. Bocian (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Bocian welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Food Allergy, Sinusitis, Asthma, Allergies, Hay Fever

Dr. Michael Joseph Mulligan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
730 Welch Road; 1st Floor
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Michael Mulligan is a medical specialist in pediatric allergy & immunology. After attending the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mulligan honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mulligan is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , exercise induced asthma

All Interests: Drug Allergy, Immunodeficiency, Atopic Dermatitis, Conjunctivitis, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephanie Ngoc-Tu Nguyen, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
725 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Stephanie Lai's specialty is general pediatrics. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Lai's office for an appointment. Dr. Lai graduated from Yale School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Asthma, Newborn Care

Dr. Kimberly Moore Dalal, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
222 West 39th Avenue; Second Floor
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Kimberly Dalal works as a general surgeon, cancer surgeon, and colon and rectal surgeon. Dr. Dalal's clinical interests include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), colorectal surgery procedures, and cancer surgery. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, San Mateo Medical Center, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Before completing her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. Dalal attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dalal's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer, lung problems

All Interests: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Lymphadenectomy, Thoracic Problems, Research, Rectal Problems, Rectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce Allan Benedick, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
2900 Whipple Avenue; Suite 205
Redwood City, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Benedick is a medical specialist in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. He has a special interest in heart problems, nuclear scan, and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Dr. Benedick is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah, Dr. Benedick attended the University of Utah School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Holistic Approaches, Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Stress Echo, Invasive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kathleen Babington, MD
Specializes in Neonatology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Kathleen Babington practices neonatology in Palo Alto, CA and Los Altos, CA. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Babington's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital for residency. Dr. Babington's patients gave her an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Eczema, Immunization, Common Cold, Early Childhood Development, Influenza, Strains, Grief, Sprains, ... (Read more)

Dr. David Steven Leibowitz, MD
Specializes in Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology, Hematology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. David Leibowitz, who practices in Palo Alto, CA, is a medical specialist in adult oncology, medical oncology, and hematology (blood disorders). Dr. Leibowitz's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. In his practice, Dr. Leibowitz focuses on blood disorders. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After attending Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school, he completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Leibowitz is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Sarcoma, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Pei Hsuan Tsau, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
301 Industrial Road; Level 2
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Pei Tsau is a physician who specializes in cardiothoracic surgery. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dr. Tsau performed her residency at Arizona Health Sciences Center. She is conversant in Mandarin and Taiwanese. Dr. Tsau's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Minimally Invasive Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonathan Chao, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Jonathan Chao practices general internal medicine. Dr. Chao attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Jefferson Medical College. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chao include general care. Dr. Chao is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Mandarin. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is closed to new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Men's Health Issues, General Care, Asthma, Cancer Screening, Nutrition ... (Read more)

Dr. Christina E Wang, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
123 So. San Mateo Drive; San Mateo Pediatrics (123 S. San Mateo Drive)
San Mateo, CA
 

Dr. Christina Tan works as a general pediatrician. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Tan attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Dr. Tan is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Immunization, Asthma, Breastfeeding Issues, Allergies, Newborn Care, Parenting ... (Read more)

Dr. Amy C Portmore, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
301 Industrial Road
San Carlos, CA
 

Dr. Amy Portmore's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Dr. Portmore's clinical interests include general care, women's health issues, and travel medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Portmore completed a residency program at Strong Memorial Hospital. On average, patients gave Dr. Portmore a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

All Interests: Hypertension, Back Problems, Heart Problems, Neck Problems, Diabetes, Arthritis, Women's Health ... (Read more)

Dr. Harry L.E. Dennis, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Harry Dennis' specialty is general pediatrics. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Dennis performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Unfortunately, he is not accepting new patients at this time.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Eczema, Immunization, Down Syndrome, Circumcision, Obesity, Attention Deficit ... (Read more)

Dr. David J Fischer, MD
Specializes in Adult Rheumatology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. David Fischer sees patients in Palo Alto, CA, Dublin, CA, and Fremont, CA. His medical specialty is adult rheumatology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in asthma, food allergy, and rheumatic diseases. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Fischer attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Fischer average 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Food Allergy, Gout, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Asthma, ... (Read more)

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What are Lung Problems?

Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. In order to keep the body’s tissues constantly supplied with fresh oxygen and to keep waste from building up, the lungs pump air in and out, even while we are sleeping or unaware. Unfortunately, diseases and disorders affecting the lungs are some of the most common medical problems afflicting people around the world. Some of the most common lung problems include asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Asthma is a chronic disease where swollen, inflamed airways make it hard to breathe. It is often brought on by specific triggers. While asthma is a common condition, affecting millions of people, it can also be serious and even fatal in severe cases. Treatment involves avoiding triggers and using inhaled corticosteroid medications.

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the name given to two illnesses that both cause difficulty breathing: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the air sacs of the lungs become damaged, while with bronchitis they become clogged with mucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is almost always caused by breathing irritants into the lungs, such as smoking or heavy pollution.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungi. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in a week or two, but for some people pneumonia can be fatal. There are treatments available for pneumonia, but the best treatment is to prevent getting sick in the first place. People who are at risk should make sure they get a flu shot every year. There is also a vaccine available for the type of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells inside the lung grow into a tumor, destroying healthy tissue. Because it is so difficult to detect lung cancer in early stages when it has few symptoms, it is the deadliest form of cancer, responsible for the most cancer deaths both in the U.S. and worldwide. Most lung cancer is caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, but between 10-15% of cases are not linked to smoking.

Some problems with the lungs are minor and are not cause for concern. However if symptoms have lasted for a month or more, even if they are minor, it is worth checking with a healthcare professional to make sure your lungs are healthy. A cough, shortness of breath, or excess mucus production that lingers for weeks are all worth getting looked at.