We found 4 infectious disease providers who accept Medicare near Brandon, FL.

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Dr. Enid Valerie Klauber Choephel, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Infectious Disease
214 Morrison Road; Suite 104
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Enid Klauber-Choephel's medical specialty is adult infectious disease. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Klauber-Choephel include infections. Dr. Klauber-Choephel is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital. Before completing her residency at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Dr. Klauber-Choephel attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Klauber-Choephel takes.

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Clinical interests: Infections

Dr. Derrick Daniel Thiel, DO
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
214 Morrison Road; Suite 104
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Derrick Thiel is a specialist in adult infectious disease. He works in Brandon, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Thiel include infections. Dr. Thiel's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Thiel attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Infections

Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
214 Morrison Road; Bay Area Infectious Disease Associates
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Jose Vasquez works as an adult infectious disease specialist in Brandon, FL. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Vasquez attended Cayetano Heredia University for medical school. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Vasquez speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Jose Ramon Prieto, MD
Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
214 Morrison Road; Suite 104
Brandon, FL
 

Dr. Jose Prieto works as an adult infectious disease specialist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Prieto at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Ponce School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Prieto trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital.

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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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