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 is a pediatric pulmonology specialist in Emeryville, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Oakland, CA. She has a special interest in cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Dr. Hardy is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. After attending the University of Toledo College of Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Hardy has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors.

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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 specializes in allergy & immunology and practices in San Francisco, CA and Greenbrae, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Tam's clinical interests: asthma and allergies. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Marin General Hospital. Dr. Tam honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Medical College of Wisconsin and a graduate of St. Mary's Hospital's residency program. He has received distinctions including San Francisco Super Doctors; Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco; and [415] Top Doctor, Marin Magazine. He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.

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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 medical specialty is pediatric pulmonology. He is conversant in Cantonese. Dr. Zee's areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Texas Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Zee has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Zee's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Problems, Asthma

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

Dr. Lawrence Coskey specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology and practices in Burlingame, CA, Greenbrae, CA, and San Francisco, CA. He is especially interested in shortness of breath (dyspnea), intensive care, and lung problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Coskey accepts. Before completing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Coskey attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School. He has received the following distinction: San Francisco Super Doctors. Dr. Coskey's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Marin General Hospital, and Pulmonary Associates. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Bronchiectasis, Sarcoidosis, Lung Problems, Lung Cancer, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Robert Saken is a San Francisco, CA physician who specializes in general pediatrics. His areas of expertise include asthma. Patients gave Dr. Saken an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Saken attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota for residency. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). His practice 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's area of specialization is general pediatrics. The average patient rating for Dr. Miller is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients. After attending the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Miller speaks French.

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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 works as a general pediatrician. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After attending Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Tejeda completed his residency training at Children's Hospital of San Francisco. In addition to English, Dr. Tejeda speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus. He has an open panel.

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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 practices general internal medicine in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Hansen speaks Spanish. Her areas of expertise include general care. She is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). Dr. Hansen obtained her medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed her residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Hansen has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. She has an open panel.

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

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

Dr. Bonnie Leboff's medical specialty is general pediatrics. Dr. Leboff accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Dr. Leboff attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. She speaks French. Dr. Leboff's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation. She 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. Her areas of expertise consist of obesity, depression, and newborn care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Casas honors. She attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. Dr. Casas's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). She is open to 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 specializes in general pediatrics. Dr. Dab's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Marin General Hospital. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. She has an open panel. She studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Dab has received the distinction of San Francisco Super Doctors. She offers language support for Cantonese, Thai, and Filipino-speaking patients.

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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 is a physician who specializes in allergy & immunology. Dr. Davidson (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew, Spanish, and French. In his practice, he is particularly interested in asthma and allergies. Dr. Davidson is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He attended medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Davidson trained at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Davidson has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Davidson accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is open to 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. Kenneth Bruere Maybury, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1 Shrader Street; Suite 570
San Francisco, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Maybury is a general internist. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Maybury focuses on general care. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maybury accepts. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Maybury's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. In addition to English, Dr. Maybury (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. Dr. Maybury's practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Edward Ko specializes in general internal medicine. Before performing his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Ko attended Harvard Medical School. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ko include asthma. Dr. Ko honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ko speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghainese. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and St. Mary's Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Asthma

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

Dr. Vadim Kvitash specializes in allergy & immunology and practices in San Francisco, CA. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kvitash takes. Dr. Kvitash is a graduate of Odessa State Medical University. Dr. Kvitash's training includes a residency program at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion. In addition to English, Dr. Kvitash (or staff) speaks Bulgarian. He also offers language support for patients who speak Russian, Ukrainian, and Filipino. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He 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)

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

Dr. Christopher Brown's specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Brown completed his residency training at Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital. His areas of expertise include intensive care and lung problems. Dr. Brown is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus, and Marin General Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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