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Dr. Bruce Michael Schnapf, MD, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2 Tampa General Circle; 5th Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Bruce Schnapf is a pediatric pulmonology specialist in Tampa, FL and Sarasota, FL. He has a special interest in cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and chronic cough. Dr. Schnapf is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Schnapf attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He has received the following distinctions: Pediatric Attending of the Year Award, Awarded by Pediatric Residents; Governor's Community Service Award, American College of Chest Physicians; and Intern Teaching Award, Awarded by Pediatric Fqaculty of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Schnapf is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Spirometry, Asthma, Chronic Cough

Dr. Theron Arthur Ebel, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Theron Ebel sees patients in Tampa, FL. Dr. Theron Ebel's medical specialty is adult pulmonology. Dr. Ebel's areas of expertise include sleep disorders. Dr. Ebel honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ebel studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Ebel is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Lung Problems, Intensive Care

Dr. Chirag Vikram Shah, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4224 North Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Chirag Shah, who practices in Wesley Chapel, FL, Land O Lakes, FL, and Dade City, FL, is a medical specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His areas of clinical interest consist of sleep disorders, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He takes 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, pulmonary hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4224 North Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula's areas of specialization are adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He is a graduate of Deccan College of Medical Sciences. Areas of expertise for Dr. Vydyula include asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and sarcoidosis. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vydyula accepts. Dr. Vydyula (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Hindi. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Medical Clinic, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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

All Interests: Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2 Tampa General Circle; 5th Floor Usf Pediatrics
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Marisa Couluris' specialty is pediatric pulmonology. She has a special interest in cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, and sleep apnea. Dr. Couluris is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Asthma, Pneumonia

Dr. Reynaldo Flores Mulingtapang, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
4210 W Linebaugh Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Reynaldo Mulingtapang's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He practices in Tampa, FL. Clinical interests for Dr. Mulingtapang include coronary angiogram, heart failure, and angioplasty. Patient reviews placed Dr. Mulingtapang at an average of 3.0 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. He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Mulingtapang is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, South Bay Hospital, and Tampa Community Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension

All Interests: Angiogram, Pulmonary Hypertension, Heart Failure, Coronary Angiogram, Cardioversion, Heart Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Lawrence Bruce Berk, PhD, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Lawrence Berk works as a radiation oncologist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Berk graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical interests for Dr. Berk include bladder cancer, rectal cancer, and robotic stereotactic radiosurgery (cyberknife). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Berk is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , lung cancer

All Interests: Liver Tumor, Vulvar Cancer, Skin Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Robotic Stereotactic Radiosurgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Karin Swisher Hotchkiss, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic Surgery
4200 N Armenia Avenue; Suite 5
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Karin Hotchkiss practices pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and facial plastic surgery in Tampa, FL and Riverview, FL. Dr. Hotchkiss has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. These areas are among her clinical interests: endoscopic sinus surgery, thyroid problems, and head surgery. She 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. Hotchkiss's education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Hotchkiss's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Cystic Fibrosis, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Laser Surgery, Skin Issues, Neck ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Other
3905 Horatio Street
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. William Angell practices cardiac surgery in Tampa, FL. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Angell accepts. After completing medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, he performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Angell's professional affiliations include Tampa Community Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary embolism

All Interests: Tracheal Surgery, Pulmonary Embolism, Lobectomy, Aortic Valve Disease, Aortic Repair, Mitral Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Vinita Christine Kiluk, MD
Specializes in General Pediatrics
2 Tampa General Circle; Stc 5th Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Vinita Kiluk is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in general pediatrics. Her areas of clinical interest consist of asthma, general care, and breastfeeding issues. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kiluk accepts. After attending Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia for medical school, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. She has received the following distinction: Gold Humanism Award-Humanism in Medicine, Gold Humanism Foundation. Dr. Kiluk is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , asthma

All Interests: General Care, Asthma, Breastfeeding Issues

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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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