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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 specialist in adult infectious disease. He works in Lancaster, CA, Valencia, CA, and Porter Ranch, CA. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Cohen graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Health.

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

Dr. John Li's medical specialty is adult infectious disease. Dr. Li accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.

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

Dr. Ann Shahwan is a physician who specializes in adult infectious disease. She attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Shahwan is 4.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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

Dr. Mariam Bakhtary practices adult infectious disease in West Hills, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Bakhtary is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bakhtary takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks 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.
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