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We found 35 providers with an interest in asthma and who accept AARP near San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Karen Ann Hardy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
3700 California Street; Suite B555
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Karen Hardy's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. Clinical interests for Dr. Hardy include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Toledo College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Hardy completed her residency training at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Hardy is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Problems, Bronchoscopy, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Schuman Tam, MD
Specializes in Other, Allergy & Immunology
400 Parnassus Avenue; Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Schuman Tam practices allergy & immunology in San Francisco, CA and Greenbrae, CA. He is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin and a graduate of St. Mary's Hospital's residency program. In his practice, Dr. Tam focuses on asthma and allergies. Patients gave Dr. Tam an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tam's distinctions include: San Francisco Super Doctors; Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco; and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. He speaks the following languages: Mandarin and Cantonese. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Marin General Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Allergies, Asthma

Dr. Eric D Zee, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
3700 California Street; Suite B555
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Eric Zee's area of specialization is pediatric pulmonology. He is conversant in Cantonese. His clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Zee is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, Dr. Zee performed his residency at Texas Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

Dr. Robert David Saken, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
595 Buckingham Way; Suite 355
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Robert Saken is a general pediatrician. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. His areas of expertise include asthma. Dr. Saken's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Saken is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Asthma

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Dr. Margaret M Miller, MPH, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
525 Spruce Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Margaret Miller is a general pediatrician in San Francisco, CA, Alameda, CA, and Berkeley, CA. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Miller is a graduate of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Miller speaks French. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. Dr. Miller's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Behavior Problems, Newborn Care, Parenting Issues, Infections, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. David M Tejeda, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
350 Rhode Island Street; Suite 200
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. David Tejeda's specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Tejeda accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Before completing his residency at Children's Hospital of San Francisco, Dr. Tejeda attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Lead Poisoning, Asthma, Anemia

Dr. Joyce E Hansen, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
3801 Sacramento Street; Suite 309
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Joyce Hansen is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Dr. Hansen has indicated that her clinical interests include general care. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She obtained her medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed her residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Hansen's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Hansen has an open panel.

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All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues, General Care, Asthma, Cholesterol Problems

Dr. Lawrence Alan Coskey, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
633 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Lawrence Coskey is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He works in Burlingame, CA, Greenbrae, CA, and San Francisco, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Coskey include shortness of breath (dyspnea), intensive care, and lung problems. Dr. Coskey's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, and Pulmonary Associates. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and a graduate of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center's residency program. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Coskey has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Lung Problems, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Cough, Asthma, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bonnie J Leboff, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
595 Buckingham Way; Suite 355
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Bonnie Leboff sees patients in San Francisco, CA and Redwood City, CA. Her medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Leboff is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. She is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital's residency program. She speaks French. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. Dr. Leboff's practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Allergies, Newborn Care, Asthma

Dr. Cristina Marie Glorioso Casas, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
595 Buckingham Way; Suite 355
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Cristina Casas is a pediatrician in San Francisco, CA. These areas are among Dr. Casas's clinical interests: obesity, depression, and newborn care. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo, Dr. Casas attended Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Casas's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Obesity, Newborn Care, Asthma

Dr. Susan B Dab, MD
Specializes in Other, General Pediatrics
525 Spruce Street; Suite 3
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Susan Dab is a pediatrician in San Francisco, CA and Mill Valley, CA. Dr. Dab offers language support for Cantonese, Thai, and Filipino-speaking patients. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Marin General Hospital. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Dab honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Bulimia, Cardiac Risk Reduction, Adolescent Issues, Sleep Problems, Immunization, Lead Poisoning, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Mitchel Davidson, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
180 Montgomery Street, Bank of The West Building; Suite 2370
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Davidson specializes in allergy & immunology and practices in San Francisco, CA. His clinical interests encompass asthma and allergies. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Davidson is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Davidson completed his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Davidson (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew, Spanish, and French. Dr. Davidson is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , exercise induced asthma, asthma

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

Dr. Edward K Ko, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
818 Jackson Street; Suite 101
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Edward Ko's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Ko has a special interest in asthma. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ko honors. Before performing his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Ko attended Harvard Medical School. In addition to English, Dr. Ko speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghainese. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and St. Mary's Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Asthma

Dr. Christopher Reid Brown, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
2351 Clay Street; 501
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Brown sees patients in San Francisco, CA and Greenbrae, CA. His medical specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. Before performing his residency at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital, Dr. Brown attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Brown is especially interested in intensive care and lung problems. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Brown's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus, and Marin General Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Kenneth Bruere Maybury, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1 Shrader Street; Suite 570
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Maybury's specialty is general internal medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in general care. Dr. Maybury is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Maybury is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Maybury (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French.

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All Interests: Cholesterol Problems, General Care, Asthma, Alzheimer's Disease

Dr. Vadim I Kvitash, PhD, MD
Specializes in Allergy & Immunology
2299 Post Street; Suite 306
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Vadim Kvitash practices allergy & immunology in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Kvitash (or staff) speaks Bulgarian. In addition, he offers interpreting services for Russian, Ukrainian, and Filipino-speaking patients. Dr. Kvitash's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He attended medical school at Odessa State Medical University. He trained at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion for residency. Dr. Kvitash's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , exercise induced asthma

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

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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease where the tissue and airways of the lungs become extremely sensitive to certain substances. When these substances are breathed in, the lungs become inflamed. The muscles around the airways tighten and squeeze the lungs, and passages within the lungs swell and tighten. The airways themselves produce mucus, which further clogs the tightened, swollen airways. A person having an asthma attack finds it very difficult to breathe, and a severe attack can even be fatal.

Asthma affects people of all ages, but people with asthma are most often diagnosed as children. Symptoms can include wheezing, a tight feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, and coughing. Some people have mild symptoms all the time, and some people have no symptoms at all, but everyone with asthma is susceptible to occasional severe attacks or flare-ups of symptoms when they are exposed to triggers. Triggers vary widely but can include:

  • Allergens (dust mites, pet fur, mold, pollen, grass)
  • Irritants (smoke, pollution, dust, chemicals)
  • Viral infections
  • Physical activity, especially outdoors
  • Certain medications or chemicals in foods (aspirin, sulfites)

Treatment for most asthma patients involves three steps. Learn what your asthma triggers are and avoid them. Take a daily control medication, usually an inhaled corticosteroid, to reduce inflammation in the lungs. Also, have “rescue medication” with you at all times to take in case of a severe attack. These quick-acting inhaled medications relax the muscles around the airways and allow the lungs to open up for air.

There is no cure for asthma, but with treatment it should not interfere with your daily life and activities.