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Dr. Michael David Cohen, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
19950 Rinaldi Street; Suite 300
Porter Ranch, CA
 

Dr. Michael Cohen is a physician who specializes in adult infectious disease. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Dr. Cohen is professionally affiliated with UCLA Health.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
7345 Medical Center Drive; Suite #200
West Hills, CA
 

Dr. Ann Shahwan's area of specialization is adult infectious disease. Dr. Shahwan studied medicine at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Patients rated her highly, giving her an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
7230 Medical Center Drive; #203
West Hills, CA
 

Dr. John Li is a specialist in adult infectious disease. He works in West Hills, CA. He attended medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Dr. Li accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
7230 Medical Center Drive; Suite 203
West Hills, CA
 

Dr. Mariam Bakhtary is a medical specialist in adult infectious disease. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bakhtary honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. She is conversant in Persian.

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What is Infectious Disease?

Infectious disease is a specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of infections, including bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections. Infectious disease specialists are trained in the studies of immunology, or how the body fights off infections, as well as epidemiology, or how diseases spread.

Some infectious disease doctors further specialize within the field of infectious disease. For instance, pediatric infectious disease specialists treat children and teens with serious infections. Others focus specifically on patients who have HIV or AIDS, as these conditions commonly cause patients to contract unusual and severe infections.

Most common infections can be treated by a general physician without problems. A referral to an infectious disease specialist might be made in cases such as:
  • An infection that is difficult to diagnose
  • An extremely high fever
  • An infection that is not responding to treatment
  • A patient traveling to a foreign country where the risk for infection is high
  • A patient with a chronic illness or infection that requires frequent treatment, such as HIV

Infectious disease specialists often use lab work to diagnose infections. They may culture a wound or look for the presence of antibodies in the blood. Treatment may include vaccinations, antifungals, or antibiotics. Infectious disease specialists are skilled at prescribing appropriate antibiotics for specific infections and knowing when the benefits outweigh the risks of side effects for using them.