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We found 12 providers with an interest in lung problems and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueSelect Everyday Health Premier near Homestead, FL.

Dr. Andres Pelaez Freidel, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
5 Tampa General Circle; Harborside Suite 730
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Andres Pelaez is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He works in Orlando, FL, Gainesville, FL, and Tampa, FL. His clinical interests include lung transplant, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Pelaez 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 medical school at CES University, Institute of Health Sciences. For his residency, Dr. Pelaez trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Pelaez speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health) and Orlando Health.

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Relevant Interests: , pulmonary hypertension, lung problems

All Interests: Lung Problems, Pulmonary Hypertension, Lung Transplant, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

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

Dr. Bruce Schnapf's specialty is pediatric pulmonology. He obtained his medical school training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Areas of expertise for Dr. Schnapf include cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, and chronic cough. 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. Schnapf 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. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is open to 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 works as a pulmonologist. Dr. Ebel's areas of expertise include sleep disorders. Dr. Ebel is professionally affiliated with Florida Medical Clinic. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ebel takes. Dr. Ebel attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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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 is a specialist in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He works in Land O Lakes, FL, Dade City, FL, and Tampa, FL. His clinical interests include sleep disorders, asthma, and pulmonary hypertension. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. 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: Sleep Disorders, Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Pulmonology
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 300
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Timothy Floreth works as a critical care specialist and pulmonologist. His areas of clinical interest consist of lung transplant and cystic fibrosis (CF). 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. Dr. Floreth graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He has received the following distinctions: Craig Summer Research Fellowship and Howard Hughes Research Fellow & Graduated Cum Laude with Distinction in Biology. Dr. Floreth is affiliated with Keck Hospital of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , cystic fibrosis (CF)

All Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Transplant

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

Dr. Ravikanth Vydyula is a physician who specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. His areas of expertise include asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and sarcoidosis. Dr. Vydyula 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 Deccan College of Medical Sciences. Dr. Vydyula (or staff) is conversant in Telugu and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with 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

Dr. Marisa Couluris, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology
2 Tampa General Circle; 5th Floor Usf Pediatrics
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Marisa Couluris is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology. Her areas of expertise include cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, and sleep apnea. Dr. Couluris is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Couluris accepts. She is open to 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 practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in Tampa, FL. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include coronary angiogram, heart failure, and angioplasty. Dr. Mulingtapang 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 completing medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Mulingtapang speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with 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. Gary Howard Dworkin, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
2835 W De Leon Street; Suite 102
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Gary Dworkin is a vascular surgeon and chest surgeon in Tampa, FL. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). In his practice, he is particularly interested in esophageal surgery, vascular surgery procedures, and lung resection. Dr. Dworkin accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lung problems

All Interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Lung Problems, Lung Surgery, Esophageal Surgery, Lung Resection, X-Rays

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

Dr. Karin Hotchkiss is a specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) and facial plastic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Hotchkiss average 3.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: endoscopic sinus surgery, thyroid problems, and head surgery. She is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Hotchkiss attended the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school. She has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, Dr. Hotchkiss speaks Spanish.

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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)

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

Dr. William Angell practices cardiac surgery in Tampa, FL. Before completing his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Dr. Angell attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He 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. Angell's hospital/clinic 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's area of specialization is general pediatrics. Dr. Kiluk has indicated that her clinical interests include asthma, general care, and breastfeeding issues. She is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She attended Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Georgia. She 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. Kiluk has received the following distinction: Gold Humanism Award-Humanism in Medicine, Gold Humanism Foundation. Her practice is open to new patients.

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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.