We found 17 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare near Clearwater, FL.

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Dr. Joseph Romero, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
430 Morton Plant Street; Suite 405
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Romero practices adult critical care and adult pulmonology in Clearwater, FL. These areas are among Dr. Romero's clinical interests: sleep study, asthma, and sleep apnea. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Largo Medical Center. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Romero accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Sleep Apnea, Sleep Study, Asthma, Shortness of Breath

Dr. Merrill Alan Krolick, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 330
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Merrill Krolick is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. After attending New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Krolick completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Areas of expertise for Dr. Krolick include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Jefferson Alkire, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1201 South Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mark Alkire, who practices in Tampa, FL, Brandon, FL, and Sun City Center, FL, is a medical specialist in vascular surgery, trauma surgery, and thoracic surgery. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Dr. Alkire's areas of expertise include the following: lung cancer, nerve block, and esophageal surgery. Patients rated Dr. Alkire highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alkire takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with South Bay Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Nerve Block, Aneurysm, Lung Cancer, Lung Surgery, Esophageal Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald Lennox Walsh, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1345 West Bay Drive; Suite 101
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Walsh's medical specialty is adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Walsh (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Walsh include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center, The Heart Institute at Northside Hospital Campus, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Walsh studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Walsh takes.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary edema, lung problems

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Vascular ... (Read more)

Dr. Jaggers C Keene, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jaggers Keene is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Keene is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and thyroid problems. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Central University of the East School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Memorial Hermann. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Keene is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, pneumonia, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Immunization, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypertension, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Xiomara R Ramirez Ortega, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1007 Jeffords Street; Jeffords Internal Medicine Suite 101
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega practices general internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega trained at NYU Langone Medical Center for her residency. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Medical Group, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mohammad Ilyas Yamani, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1745 S Highland Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mohammad Yamani works as an internist. Dr. Yamani attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Sound Shore Medical Center. His areas of expertise include the following: trigger point injections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and diabetes. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yamani takes. Dr. Yamani (or staff) speaks Urdu and Vietnamese. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Depression, Substance Abuse, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Benjamin R Devries, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1573 South Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Benjamin Devries' area of specialization is family medicine. His areas of expertise include thyroid problems, minor surgery, and aspiration. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Devries takes. Dr. Devries attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Largo Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Hypertension, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Spine Problems, Cough, Joint Problems, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Victor Arboleda, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
525 S Hercules Avenue; Suite 102
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Victor Arboleda practices general internal medicine in Clearwater, FL. He speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: sexually transmitted diseases (STds), arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and thyroid problems. Dr. Arboleda's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Mease Countryside Hospital, and Mease Dunedin Hospital. Dr. Arboleda graduated from Central University of Ecuador and then he performed his residency at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Auto Injuries, Holter Monitoring, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Carpal Tunnel ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Christopher Stine, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
13787 Belcher Road S; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Mark Stine's area of specialization is general internal medicine. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), and heart problems. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Stine attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. His professional affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Northside Hospital (Georgia).

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Rheumatic Diseases, Hypertension, Gastrointestinal Problems, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Diabetes

Dr. Carlos Jesus Cano, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Carlos Cano specializes in general pediatrics. He has indicated that his clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. The average patient rating for Dr. Cano is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and performed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Cano is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Circumcision, Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Fran Ellen Sterling, DO
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Fran Sterling is a physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Dr. Sterling's areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sterling is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Circumcision, Spinal Manipulation, Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente specializes in adult hospital medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Saccente include alcohol abuse, cystic fibrosis (CF), and lupus. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Saccente completed his residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saccente accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Steven Morgan's specialty is general pediatrics. Patient ratings for Dr. Morgan average 3.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Morgan include cystic fibrosis (CF) and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Morgan obtained his medical school training at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at Lloyd Noland Hospital and Health Center. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Norman Urich, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics
1762 N Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Norman Urich works as a family practice physician and geriatrician in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Urich (or staff) is conversant in French, Polish, and Russian. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, parkinson's disease, and osteoporosis. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. He attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Urich is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Urinalysis, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Asthma, Injuries, Osteoporosis, Parkinson's Disease, Anxiety, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rajendra Kochikar Pai, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2370 Drew Street; Suite B
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Rajendra Pai specializes in general pediatrics. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Pai attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute for medical school. Dr. Pai's clinical interests include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and infections. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pai accepts. In addition to English, Dr. Pai (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Skin Issues, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asthma, Hay Fever, Infections

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What are Lung Problems?

Every cell in the body requires oxygen to function and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. In order to keep the body’s tissues constantly supplied with fresh oxygen and to keep waste from building up, the lungs pump air in and out, even while we are sleeping or unaware. Unfortunately, diseases and disorders affecting the lungs are some of the most common medical problems afflicting people around the world. Some of the most common lung problems include asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Asthma is a chronic disease where swollen, inflamed airways make it hard to breathe. It is often brought on by specific triggers. While asthma is a common condition, affecting millions of people, it can also be serious and even fatal in severe cases. Treatment involves avoiding triggers and using inhaled corticosteroid medications.

COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the name given to two illnesses that both cause difficulty breathing: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In emphysema, the air sacs of the lungs become damaged, while with bronchitis they become clogged with mucus. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It is almost always caused by breathing irritants into the lungs, such as smoking or heavy pollution.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or fungi. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in a week or two, but for some people pneumonia can be fatal. There are treatments available for pneumonia, but the best treatment is to prevent getting sick in the first place. People who are at risk should make sure they get a flu shot every year. There is also a vaccine available for the type of bacteria that causes pneumonia.

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells inside the lung grow into a tumor, destroying healthy tissue. Because it is so difficult to detect lung cancer in early stages when it has few symptoms, it is the deadliest form of cancer, responsible for the most cancer deaths both in the U.S. and worldwide. Most lung cancer is caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, but between 10-15% of cases are not linked to smoking.

Some problems with the lungs are minor and are not cause for concern. However if symptoms have lasted for a month or more, even if they are minor, it is worth checking with a healthcare professional to make sure your lungs are healthy. A cough, shortness of breath, or excess mucus production that lingers for weeks are all worth getting looked at.
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