We found 20 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. Salah Fouad Al Andary, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
613 S Myrtle Avenue; Suite C
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Salah Alandary is a medical specialist in adult pulmonology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alandary include bronchoscopy, sleep apnea, and insomnia. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alandary takes. Dr. Alandary studied medicine at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. In addition to English, Dr. Alandary speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Countryside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Aspiration, Sleep Disorders, Bronchoscopy, Sleep Apnea, Lung Problems, Pulmonary Function Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Howard Smith, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Matthew Smith's medical specialty is adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Smith trained at Jefferson University Hospitals. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include lung problems. Dr. Smith has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Lung Problems

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Christina Rigas specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. These areas are among her clinical interests: sleep disorders, intensive care, and bronchoscopy. Dr. Rigas is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University, Dr. Rigas attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Bronchoscopy, Lung Problems, Intensive Care

Dr. Henry Andrew Hazlitt, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Henry Hazlitt works as an adult cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist in Clearwater, FL. He has indicated that his clinical interests include holter monitoring, pacemaker, and echocardiogram (echo). Dr. Hazlitt's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school, he completed his residency training at Baylor University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Hazlitt is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiac Ablation, Hypertension, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kirti Kumar Patel, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1258 West Bay Drive; Suite A
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Kirit Patel is an anesthesiology and geriatrics (elderly care) specialist in Largo, FL. Dr. Patel is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Medical College Baroda and performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, asthma

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

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. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: coronary angiogram, mitral valve prolapse, and holter monitoring. Dr. Krolick accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Krolick attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks the following foreign 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: , lung problems

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Nuclear Stress Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein's specialty is family medicine. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein attended medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Largo Medical Center for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Finkelstein a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, ... (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 is a general internist. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is rated highly by her patients. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), alcohol abuse, and menopause. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Ramirez-Ortega completed a residency program at NYU Langone Medical Center. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Ramirez-Ortega is professionally affiliated with BayCare Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

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

Dr. Elias Kanaan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1173 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Elias Kanaan specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Clearwater, FL. He graduated from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Dr. Kanaan's areas of expertise consist of diabetes and alzheimer's disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kanaan accepts. Dr. Kanaan (or staff) speaks Arabic and French. He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Mease Dunedin Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, asthma

All Interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Sleep Apnea, Liver Disease, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Rajendra Pai works as a pediatrician in Clearwater, FL. He is a graduate of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. For his residency, Dr. Pai trained at Henry Ford Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pai include hay fever (allergic rhinitis), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and infections. Dr. Pai is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Pai (or staff) speaks Spanish, Kannada, and Hindi. His professional 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, Hay Fever, Infections, Asthma

Dr. Steven Randall Morgan, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
1395 West Bay
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Steven Morgan's medical specialty is general pediatrics. The average patient rating for Dr. Morgan is 3.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Dr. Morgan is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Morgan graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Lloyd Noland Hospital and Health Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
150 Clearwater Largo Road N; Suite 2
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ranjan Mahajan's specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Mahajan (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His clinical interests include holter monitoring, depression, and nutrition counseling. Dr. Mahajan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He attended the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mahajan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Sleep ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Mohammad Yamani sees patients in Clearwater, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Yamani's areas of expertise consist of geriatric health and trigger point injections. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Dow Medical College. He trained at Sound Shore Medical Center for residency. Dr. Yamani's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for 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: , emphysema, asthma

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

Dr. Jason Hal Howard, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
13787 Belcher Road S; Suite 100
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jason Howard's specialty is family medicine. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Howard accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , emphysema, pneumonia, asthma

All Interests: Depression, Hypertension, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, Minor Surgery, Urinalysis, Physical Exams, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Carlos Cano specializes in general pediatrics and practices in Largo, FL. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. Dr. Cano is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and performed his residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Cano speaks Spanish.

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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 pediatrician. She has indicated that her clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF), attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), and circumcision. She is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Sterling is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She attended medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

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

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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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